Volvo already makes up two thirds of the company’s fleet, however the B9R is a totally new chassis for them, as is the combination of Volvo with the stylish and well built Jonckheere body.
Taking delivery of the vehicle in September, Barnes Coaches immediately put the vehicle to work, operating mainly on Scottish tour contracts.
“We have always been pleased with the performance and service from Volvo”, said Matt Barnes, owner of Barnes Coaches. “We had heard good things about the B9R, so with the help of Richard Mann, Volvo Bus Regional Coach Sales Manager, we decided to select that chassis, combining it with the Jonckheere body. We’re looking forward to seeing how it compares in terms of fuel economy.”
The Volvo B9R is a mid-range, economic, adaptable and safe coach that combines the driving qualities of Volvo’s complete product, the 9700, with the lightweight characteristics and versatility of the B7R. Offering high reliability, low fuel consumption and good environmental properties, it is ideal for both tourist and express operations.
Fitted with the rear-mounted 9-litre Volvo D9B engine and incorporating the highly acclaimed Volvo I-Shift 12-speed fully automated mechanical gearbox, the vehicle provides a smooth, highly fuel-efficient driveline. Meeting Euro 5 emission standards, the B9R provides a dependable foundation for high productivity and fuel economy.
Seating 53 passengers, plus the driver on two axles, interior features of the vehicle include TV, sound system, courier seat, generous luggage space, WC, and DVD player. The seat specification includes all age 3 point seat belts, foot rests and leather headrest insert.
“The B9R is a great, relatively low-weight chassis, which gives a powerful performance whilst remaining highly economical, so it is perfect for tour work”, said Richard Mann. “Combined with the Jonckheere body, which is aimed at the high end, luxury market, the vehicle scores highly on passenger comfort as well as providing a cost effective choice for Barnes Coaches.”
Matt Barnes added: “The Volvo back up and support is another key benefit with Volvo and we’re delighted with the service we receive from Richard Mann.”
20 November 2012
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Barnes Coaches have added to their 30 strong fleet having recently taken delivery of their first ever Volvo B9R Jonckheere