Volvo Buses


AAA Coaches ‘sees double’ with Volvo

One of Volvo Bus’ longest standing customers, family owned and operated AAA Coaches of Edinburgh, has added two new Volvo B11R coaches to its fleet, both of which feature the new Volvo Driver Support System (DSS).

The DSS includes AEBS (forward collision warning and advanced emergency braking systems), LKS (lane keeping support) and ACC (adaptive cruise control).  ACC is offered as an option on other Volvo B11R body types when specified with the I-Shift gearbox.

Linda Sutherland, Manager at AAA Coaches, said: “We’ve been a Volvo Bus customer for a long time now since my father purchased the first one many years ago.

“We particularly liked the look of the SC7 bodywork and the B11R chassis is renowned for its impressive fuel consumption, so the vehicles tick all boxes from our standpoint.

“In addition to aesthetic appearance and performance, aftersales service and support are very important to us and we have an excellent relationship with Volvo Truck & Bus North & Scotland in Broxburn, where they are very hands on and their service is second to none.  This was another important reason for selecting Volvo again this time.

“We fully tested the Volvo DSS when we took delivery and are very impressed with this state-of-the-art feature.  We welcome any new technologies that help to improve driver safety and that of our passengers and believe this to be an important safety development in coach transport.”

The twin coaches each have Sunsundegui bodywork with 53 seating capacity, and include all the latest internal features expected by today’s season traveller. The vehicles will be used for a range of services from schools and private hire contracts, through to touring work the length and breadth of the UK.

Linda Sutherland added: “As always our Volvo Retail Bus & Coach Sales Manager, Jim Newman, was very helpful and efficient, which ensured a smooth and trouble free specification and delivery process for us.”

Jim Newman said: “It’s always good to be supplying new vehicles to long standing customers such as AAA Coaches and at Volvo we always work hard to ensure we meet their expectations in terms of high standard of the coach specification, as well as with aftersales service and backup.”

AAA Coaches is one of Scotland’s largest coach hire companies.  Based in Edinburgh, the company prides itself on offering a personal service to their clients that provides luxury coaches for contract jobs, tours, schools, airport transfers and hotels.


5 April 2016

Caption for image:

One of two new Volvo Bus B11R coaches with Sunsundegui SC7 bodywork supplied to Edinburgh based AAA Coaches, both of which feature the Volvo Driver Support System (DSS). 

Editors’ notes

Volvo Bus B11R SC7 Coach

Model - Volvo B11R Luxury Coach

Body specification - Sunsundegui 13 m SC7

Engine - Volvo Euro 6 D11K 380 or 430hp vertical rear engine. Emission levels comply with Euro 6 legislation. Engine emission control uses SCR & EGR technology

Transmission - Volvo I-Shift 12 speed AMT with integral retarder. Version E. Optional ZF 6AP2000B 6-speed automatic hydraulic transmission (380hp engine only)

Dimensions - Height 3.58 m Width 2.55 m Length 13.125 m

Safety features - Electronic Braking System (EBS) featuring ABS and ASR functions (Antilock and Antislip) and ESP (Electronic Stability Programme)

Fuel tank - 480 litres or Bodybuilder supply

Technical standard - European Whole Vehicle Type Approval

Body construction - Underframe front and rear modules in 3CR12 stainless steel. Remainder in ST44.2 carbon steel. Side and rear hatches in aluminium

Driver’s seat - Fully adjustable Isringhausen 6860/875 NTS with air suspension, 3 point seat belt and arm rests.

Courier seat - Esteban Guia I with 3 point seat belt with armrests

Passenger seats - 55 reclining Esteban Ega Relax seats with 3 point seat belts, 2 position footrests, magazine net, cup holder and leather headrest inserts

Luggage capacity - 10 m3 approx

Glazing - Laminated windscreen with Optikool treatment, bonded and extra tinted, heat proof double glazed side & rear windows

Air conditioning - Sutrak Eberspacher AC353 Gen 4 Type 1 with 24kW cooling capacity and 38kW heating capacity.

Heating & Ventilation - Full length skirt mounted double pipe convector radiators including separate defroster and heating for driver’s compartment

Audio/Visual - Actia ACT500 radio, DVD + ACT501 DVD player with MP4/MP3/DIVX player and USB port, 22” LCD front fixed monitor with 3M filter and 19” mid mounted TFT flat screen and driver and courier microphones

Additional features - Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels, reversing camera, refrigerator, driver and courier safe, de mountable centre freshwater washroom with smoke sensor and hand dryer, integral camera above continental exit linked to driver’s screen, carpets to full saloon, driver’s front and centre exit steps, curtains to side windows, hot water boiler, double glazed peage entrance door and heated driver’s electronic window, dual and independent motorised driver’s and courier front windscreen blinds.