In 2005, Sunwin Bus, Volvo Buses’ joint-venture company in Shanghai, signed a framework agreement for delivery of 2,000 city buses to the Shanghai Bashi Industrial Co Ltd and 1,300 of these buses were delivered during 2006.
Bashi has now signed a contract for the remaining 700 buses, comprising the Volvo B6R and Volvo B7R models. The deliveries will be made during the first half of 2007, starting in January.
China follows the rules set in European legislation with regard to emissions. The country started later, but is enacting the new emission steps at a more rapid pace that was the case in Europe. The buses now being delivered are the first with engines that meet the Euro III standard, the emissions step that applied in Europe as recently as the past autumn.
The chassis will be delivered as kits from Volvo Buses’ plant in Borås, Sweden. They are then assembled at the Sunwin Bus plant in Shanghai, where the bodies are also manufactured.
When the buses in this order are delivered, there will be more 4,000 Volvo buses rolling in Shanghai.
January 3, 2007
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