The new vehicles now take the number of Volvo coaches in the 22-strong bus and coach fleet, to seven – just under half the total number of coaches.
Pleased with the performance of the two Volvo B9R coaches they took delivery of in 2012, the company wasted no time in putting the new vehicles into operation the day following delivery. The new vehicles will operate on the company’s GTA tour contracts as well as private hire.
“We chose to take the three Volvo B9Rs for two reasons” said Premium Coaches General Manager, Paul Frankland. “Firstly for the reliability and high performance the vehicles offer, as we have already experienced with our previous order of two B9R coaches last year. Secondly, good value and availability were important factors in our decision, and Volvo came top for both. The B9R is a tried and tested vehicle that we have so far been very pleased with.”
Volvo Regional Coach Sales Manager, Jo Standbridge, was also mentioned: “Dealing with Jo was a good experience. She was very helpful and worked hard on our sale to ensure we experienced no problems at all.
“Volvo always provides a fantastic level of service – from sales through to aftercare. In our experience, the service is second to none, and in the future we will probably look to Volvo again to update our fleet.”
The three new Volvo B9R coaches are powered by the proven Volvo D9B 9.4 litre engine, capable of 380hp, and fitted with the intelligent Volvo I-Shift 12 speed automatic gearbox as standard. These combined with the EBS-5 brake system make the B9R an incredibly fuel efficient vehicle, meeting Euro 5 emission standards.
Internally, the vehicles have seating capacity for 53 passengers and features include a TV, DVD player, PA system, toilet, coffee machine and air conditioning as standard.
Jo Standbridge said: “A key requirement for Premium Coaches’ new sale was based around cost. The Volvo B9R is a high performing and well priced vehicle. Coupled with the incredible level of efficiency it provides in terms of fuel and operating costs, it proved an ideal option. Also, they needed vehicles that could be put into operation immediately and having experienced success with the B9R previously, a repeat order made sense.”
26 March 2013
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London based operator Premium Coaches have taken delivery of three new high specification Volvo B9R coaches with Jonckheere bodywork.