Volvo Buses


New coach and new name for Northern Ireland operator

Coach Connections of Co Down, formerly known as McDermott Coach Hire, have taken delivery of a Volvo B12M with Jonckheere bodywork. The new vehicle, identical to one the operator purchased a year ago, means that all seven of their full-size vehicles are now Jonckheere bodied Volvos.

“There are a number of reasons why we chose to standardise our fleet with these products,” explained Transport Manager, Marcella Laverty. “The Volvos have proved extremely reliable, the fuel economy is good, plus we get excellent back up and support.

“We also find that the Volvo/Jonckheere combination works for us because it looks good and provides excellent on board comfort, which is vital when we are operating in such a competitive environment.”

Specified with Volvo’s 12 litre DH12E engine - rated at 420hp – and coupled to the I-Shift gearbox, the new coach features 53 seats and a double courier seat, all with three point belts, leather piping and trim. Passengers also benefit from full climate control, centre toilet, fridge, servery, CD/DVD player with two monitors, reversing camera, CCTV system and a factory fitted, compact coach wash discreetly stowed in the boot area.
It will be used for tours throughout Ireland, Britain and Europe as well as local group travel and school contract work. Already in service, it has met with a favourable response from passengers and drivers alike.

“Passengers are delighted with the efforts we go to in order to ensure that they are transported in comfort and safety,” commented Marcella. “And drivers take a pride in being given the opportunity to drive such high spec luxury coaches.”

The new vehicle represents a fleet expansion for Coach Connections who are planning for further growth. “We’re delighted with our new branding which is part of our overall strategy to promote the business to all sectors of the market,” continued Marcella. “The new look reflects the quality of the vehicles and our service, both of which will play a crucial role in the continued growth of the business.”

6th August 2009

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Image 1: Coach Connections of Co Down (formerly McDermott Coach Hire) have taken delivery of another Jonckheere bodied Volvo B12M.