Versatility was one of the key factors in the operator’s decision to specify Volvo, as Managing Director, Morris Morrison explains, “The vehicles are required to cover a wide variety of contracts for us, including cruise transfer, worker transfer and touring holidays, both in the UK and abroad, so it was important that they were adaptable.”
“The size of the coaches was also important,” he continued. “I had the opportunity to test the B9R demonstrator last year and it was good to drive, so it ticked all the important boxes.”
Another factor in Andrew’s decision to specify Volvo again was their long-standing relationship with Volvo Bus, Regional Sales Manager, Duncan Crosby. “We’ve dealt with Duncan since the early eighties,” continued Morris Morrison. “It’s fair to say he was pretty instrumental in our decision to specify Volvo again this time.”
The 53 seat Volvo B9R combines the driving qualities of Volvo’s recently introduced full size B13R platform, with the lightweight characteristics and versatility of the B7R, resulting in a mid-range, economic and adaptable coach, with excellent driving properties.
Fitted with a rear-mounted Volvo D9B 9.4 litre Euro 5 engine capable of 380hp connected to the proven I-Shift gearbox, the B9R delivers exceptionally generous torque across a wide rev range resulting in excellent driveability.
The new coaches have been specially fitted with front mounted spot lights, LED destination equipment and air horns. They also feature the special Alcoa Dura-Bright aluminium wheels, which added to the Plaxton Panther bodywork, make for a professional looking finish.
“I’ve been dealing with Andrew’s for quite some time,” explained Volvo Bus, Regional Sales Manager, Duncan Crosby. “It’s an operator I know well and one that we as an organisation have a long relationship with. The B9R offers that extra level of versatility that a lot of operators are looking for these days.”
17 February 2012
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1: Two new Volvo B9R Plaxton Panther coaches have entered into service with Shetland Island based operator Andrew’s.
2: Andrew’s have recently taken delivery of two new Volvo B9R Plaxton Panther coaches.
3: Each of the new Andrew’s Volvo B9R Plaxton Panther coaches are fitted with 53 seats.