“We selected the Volvo B9R because it’s the ideal size for our current tour operations,” explained Reynolds Diplomat Owner, Richard Reynolds. “Having reviewed other chassis types, they were all either far too large or too small for our requirements. The Volvo B9R was not only the right size, but also cost effective”.
With changing emissions regulations for LEZ effective from January next year and with further legislation changes planned in 2015, coach operators have to make sure to be fully prepared. “It was obviously a big consideration for us when we purchased these new coaches”, explained Richard Reynolds. “Our new Volvo B9Rs meet Euro 5 standards and will help to positively position our business for the legislative changes going forward”.
The five new Reynolds Diplomat Volvo B9R coaches are fitted with a 9.4 litre Euro 5 engine, rated at 380hp and the popular I-Shift gearbox. They feature stylish Jonckheere bodywork and are customised in Reynolds own livery.
Each vehicle has 53 reclining and club class executive seats; the interior of the B9R is specified to a high standard. It also incorporates a servery, a toilet and two television monitors.
The new B9R coaches are being used across Reynolds Diplomat’s full tour schedule including their International tour programme, with one of the new vehicles having already travelled abroad to Belgium.
Jo Standbridge, Volvo Bus Regional Sales Manager commented, “It is always pleasing when a customer returns to Volvo, as it has been a few years since we have sold a vehicle to Reynolds Diplomat. Richard and Sue Reynolds liked the B9R and it was the ideal size and specification for their requirements”.
“With the LEZ regulations on the horizon we are seeing more and more operators looking for long term vehicle solutions, which we can provide,” continued Jo Standbridge.
14 December 2011
Caption for image: Five new Volvo B9R coaches with Jonckheere bodywork join the fleet at Reynolds Diplomat Coaches.