The operator is no stranger to the Volvo chassis, having previously run Volvo B10M, B58 and B12 coaches, but this is its first new Euro 6 Volvo B11R 12.6 metre coach.
Paul Garratt, Company Director for Abbey Travel said: “When we buy new coaches Volvo is always our first port of call. They are absolutely second to none. Reliability is everything in our businesses and with a Volvo coach we get that assurance. It’s proven over many years.
“We liked the B11R Euro 6 from the outset and with that vehicle we’re getting a fantastic chassis that is still fairly new to the market, combined with the Sunsundegui body, which is also new. It all feels fresh and exciting.
“Volvo coaches really do stand the test of time,” continued Paul Garratt. “We are testimony to this fact. Not only that, parts are easy to source when required. Getting a vehicle turned around and back on the road quickly is important to us.
“In addition, we’re impressed by the promised fuel economy of the Euro 6 engine on the B11R. It certainly seems to be living up to its billing in the vehicle’s early weeks of operation.”
It isn’t just the products that impress Abbey Travel either, “Volvo Regional Coach Sales Manager, Jo Standbridge and Coach Sales Manager, James Hyde are superb as well,” continued Paul Garratt. “They ensured that Volvo was competitive on price, but also delivered on quality.”
Abbey Travel’s new Volvo B11R is to be used on a wide range of work including, day trips, UK tours and school contracts. It features 53 passenger seats and has a demountable toilet and servery.
The B11R is the backbone of Volvo’s next generation coaches. Its highly fuel-efficient Euro 6 engine is designed to cut operational costs, combined with a chassis designed for quality, superior functionality, passenger comfort and lifecycle productivity.
“Jo Standbridge, Volvo Regional Coach Sales Manager, added: “We are very proud to maintain Abbey Travel as a loyal Volvo customer. This is the operator’s first Euro 6 coach and we are delighted that they have been pleased with its performance in its early weeks of operation. We look forward to working with them again in the future.”
1 October 2014
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Abbey Travel has taken delivery of a new Volvo B11R Euro 6 coach with Sunsundegui bodywork.