The family owned and operated company has an extensive existing range of Volvo Buses including the B7, B9, B12, B13 and since 2015, the B11R. This latest purchase is the seventh with Sunsundegui bodywork delivered to the company in the last five years. The coach will be used for a wide range of services, including schools contracts, private hire, UK and continental touring.
Darran Hill, Director of Hills Coaches, said: “We specifically wanted a smaller coach to provide us with more flexibility within our fleet and the Volvo B8R with its 38 reclining seats and high specification interior features will meet the needs and expectations of our customers perfectly.
“We really like the overall appearance of the Sunsundegui bodywork and have always enjoyed excellent fuel consumption and operational performance with all our other Volvos, so had no hesitation in selecting this successful combination for our latest coach.
“In addition, we have a very good working relationship with our local Volvo Truck & Bus dealership, Hartshorne in Walsall, and as with most coach operators today, good aftersales service and back up is of vital importance to our business, hence another reason for us turning to Volvo Bus again this time.”
David Porter, Retail Bus & Coach Sales Manager for Volvo Bus, said: “Hills Coaches are a long standing customer of Volvo Bus and have ordered a wide variety of vehicles from us over the years that have proved to be very successful for them and their business.
“It is reassuring that whatever their particular needs, we are always able to provide them with what they want and meet their requirements every time. We are confident they will be as pleased with their new coach as they have been with their previous purchases.”
In 2015, Hills Coaches celebrated its 50th anniversary and the company enjoys an excellent reputation for its reliability and private hire services with its customers.
8 February 2016
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Hills Coaches 1: The new Volvo Bus B8R SC5 delivered to Wolverhampton based Hills Coaches as the latest addition to its fleet.
Volvo Bus B8R SC5 Coach
Model - Volvo B8R Coach
Body specification - Sunsundegui SC5
Engine - Volvo D8K350 6cyl Euro 6 engine.
Transmission - Volvo I-shift 12 speed gearbox or ZF Ecolife 6 speed automatic gearbox.
Dimensions - Height 3.5m Width 2.55m Length 10.3m
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 - Emergency exits on body roof. Luggage locker with access in both sides by pneumatically operated doors. Security system.
Driver’s seat - Pneumatic driver’s seat ISRI 6860/875 NTS with 3 point seat belt and headrests.
Courier seat - Guide seat with 3 point seat belt and access to courier microphone.
Passenger seats - 38 reclining seats with footrests, 3 point seat belts, headrests covered in leather and cup holders.
Glazing - Laminated Opticool windscreen with dual speed windscreen wipers. Electrical side windows and individually operated driver and guide sunblinds. Double tinted side windows with curtains to all passenger windows.
Air conditioning - Roof mounted Carrier 353 A/C and heating with automatic control
Additional features - Front pneumatic and rear offside continental pneumatic doors
- Rear saloon toilet (optional)
- Tip-up front bumper and wheelarch panels for access
- Acoustic and thermal insulation
- Separate heating and ventilation system for driver and guide
- Heating system by convectors
- Halogen head light, fog light and day running lights
- Internal LED indirect lighting
- Individual lights LED
- Alcoa Dura-Bright alloys
- Carpets to gangways and all entrances
- 2 Electrical de-misting rear-view mirrors
- Front decency screen mounted fridge unit
- Drivers safe
- Air horns
- Side position lights an high level stop and indicator lights at rear (LED)
- Luggage capacity 6m3