Singapore orders 150 Volvo double-deckers

Volvo Buses has secured an order for 150 double-deckers for Singapore. The customer, SBS Transit, has opted for the environmentally friendly Euro V engines, although these are not yet a requirement in Singapore. The value of the order is about US$ 60 million.

SBS Transit is one of Volvo Buses’ most important customers. Since 1981, Volvo has delivered more than 1,700 buses to the company. With this order, Volvo maintains its position as the primary supplier of double-deck buses to SBS Transit.

The order is for 150 double-deckers built on the Volvo B9TL chassis. The chassis will be produced in Borås, Sweden, while the bodywork that is to be made by Wrightbus will be mounted in Singapore. Deliveries will occur in 2010.

The customer has opted to equip the buses with engines that comply with Euro V, the strict exhaust-gas regulations that will implemented in Europe this autumn. It has not yet been decided when these requirements will be introduced in Singapore, but this is the way for SBS Transit to show its continued commitment to environmental protection in Singapore.

SBS Transit Executive Director, Mr. Gan Juay Kiat, said: “We have been renewing our fleet over the last three years to provide our commuters with a more comfortable and safer ride. The new buses are also environmentally friendly, which is a key consideration for us.”

“This order is a tremendous result for Volvo and once again underlines the strong relationship built up between SBS Transit and Volvo Buses over many years of close partnership,” says Alec Bell, Volvo Buses’ area director South East Asia. “The B9TL chassis combined with Wrightbus bodywork provides SBS Transit with an environmentally advanced, solution that is fuel-efficient, reliable with the most modern interior and exterior styling, best suited to Singapores demanding operations”

August 17, 2009
For further information, please contact Per-Martin Johansson, press officer, +46 31 322 52 00, per-martin [dot] johansson [at] volvo [dot] com