“Our business is growing and our programme features varied work,” explained Wheadons Group Travel Company Manager, Nick Wheadon. “We needed a quality vehicle that would be reliable, had a strong kerb appeal and was slightly shorter than an average coach making it easier to navigate on narrower roads.”
Volvo Retail Bus & Coach Sales Manager, Jo Standbridge, said: “We are delighted to supply Wheadons with a new Volvo B8R coach.
“The Volvo B8R Euro 6 chassis combined with the Sunsundegui SC5 bodywork, offers the best in fuel efficiency and versatile operation, it offers a very neat chassis, but still has a surprisingly spacious interior.”
Volvo describes the B8R SC5 as being the perfect tourer for both UK and continental travel. Available with 38/41 seats and being just over 10 metres in length, its superior manoeuvrability makes it suitable for both inner city use as well as in the open countryside and more challenging terrain.
Nick Wheadon, added: “Our Volvo Retail Bus & Coach Sales Manager Jo Standbridge was, as always, excellent to deal with throughout the whole negotiation and purchasing process, she was extremely supportive and knowledgeable recommending the B8R SC5 and it certainly fits our requirements.
“With Volvo Bus you get the complete package. They are responsive and you have the reassurance of their dealer network. The vehicle is already hard at work and although it’s early days, the fuel consumption performance has been a very pleasant surprise.
21 April 2016
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Wheadons 1: Wheadons Travel Group has taken delivery of a new Volvo B8R coach with Sunsundegui SC5 bodywork
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Model Volvo B8R 2-axle coach
Body specification Sunsundegui SC5
Engine Volvo D8K 350 6cyl 7.7 litre Euro 6 engine rated at 350hp @2200 rpm with maximum torque of 1400Nm at 1200-1600rpm. Optional 320hp engine available. Engine emission control uses SCR, EGR, DPF & DOC technology.
Transmission Volvo AT2412E I-Shift fully automated 12 speed gearbox with integral retarder. Optional ZF Ecolife 6AP1400B 6 speed automatic hydraulic transmission available.
Dimensions Height 3.5 m Width 2.55 m Length 10.3 m
Fuel tank 400 litres
Technical standard European Whole Vehicle Type Approval.
Body construction Under frame 3CR12 stainless steel. Rest of frame in standard steel.
Safety features EBS - Electronic Braking System featuring ABS and ASR functions (Antilock and Antislip) ESP - Electronic Stability Programme. Driver support system including Collision Warning Emergency Braking system (CWEB), Lane Keeping Support system (LKS).
Pneumatic driver’s seat ISRI 6860/875 NTS with three point seat belt and headrests.
Courier seat Guide seat with three point seat belt and access to courier microphone.
Passenger seats 38/41 reclining seats with footrests, three point seat belts, headrests covered in leather and cup holders.
Luggage capacity 6 m3 approx (not including internal luggage racks).
Glazing Laminated Opticool windscreen with dual speed windscreen wipers. Electrical side windows and individually operated driver and guide sun blinds. Double tinted side windows with curtains to all passenger windows.
Air conditioning Roof mounted Carrier Sutrak AC 353 Gen 4 Type I unit with automatic control. 24kW cooling capacity and 38kW heating capacity.
Audio/Visual Actia ACT 500 system incorporating radio/CD/DVD and USB. Front mounted 19” Phonocar LED flatscreen and reversing camera with dash mounted monitor.
Additional features Front pneumatic and rear offside continental pneumatic doors, rear saloon toilet (optional), tip-up front bumper and wheel arch panels for access, acoustic and thermal insulation, separate heating and ventilation system for driver and guide, heating system by convectors, Halogen headlight, fog light and day running lights, internal LED indirect lighting, individual lights LED, Alcoa Dura- Bright alloys, carpets to gangways and all entrances, two electrical de-misting rear-view mirrors, front decency screen mounted fridge unit, drivers safe, air horns, side position lights and high level stop and indicator lights at rear (LED).