The company’s new Euro 5 coaches are set to be delivered in March and April 2015 and include eight 57 seat, 13.4 metre B13Rs and two slightly larger 65 seat, 14 metre vehicles. The majority of the new coaches are to be utilised as part of the operator’s planned fleet replacement programme.
Travellers Choice bought its first Volvo coach in 1977 and has had a very strong association with the Swedish manufacturer ever since. “We know the quality associated with the Volvo product from years of experience,” explained Travellers Choice Managing Director, John Shaw.
“However, in selecting our new Volvo vehicles, we sought advice over which chassis to specify. We received some excellent feedback from our local Frontline Technician on the performance and reliability of the B13R chassis. Volvo’s Regional Sales Manager Phil Hudson and the rest of the sales team were extremely supportive and made it happen for us.”
John Shaw continued: “Reliability is obviously a huge factor for us. We need our vehicles on the road and earning money and by specifying Volvo Bus we have every confidence that this will be the case. The manufacturer’s Euro 5 stock is coming to an end and we were pleased to be able secure these ten new coaches.”
Each of Travellers Choice’s ten new Volvo B13R coaches feature two TV screens, CD/DVD player, servery, toilet, onboard WIFI and spacious passenger seating. The vehicles are specified with Volvo’s D13C in-line 6-cylinder diesel Euro 5 engine. They also have electronically controlled air suspension and ABS brakes.
“Dealing with Volvo Bus is always a very good experience,” added John Shaw. “In fact following the ten vehicle, B13R order, we have also subsequently placed an additional order for two 48 seat, 13 metre B11R Euro 5 coaches. We have had some excellent fuel results on the B11Rs that we already have in operation and we decided to add two more. Therefore we have 12 vehicles in total on order from Volvo Bus, so the trust we have in their product is clear.”
Volvo Bus Regional Sales Manager, Phil Hudson added: “Travellers Choice are long-term Volvo specifiers and they know the performance that they can expect from our products and our support team. Undoubtedly this has played a crucial role in what is a significant new year order.”