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Volvo has the ‘Midas’ touch with Golden Tours

London operator Golden Tours has ordered eight new coaches, the first to be built on the Volvo B11R chassis featuring the all new MCV ‘523’ bodywork.
Golden Tours
Pictured (L-R) Mikesh Palan - Managing Director of Golden Tours with Chairman Nick Palan, Nick Page - Managing Director for Volvo Bus UK & Ireland, Andy Basson - Transport Manager for Golden Tours and James Hyde - Retail Sales Director for Volvo Bus UK & Ireland. Golden Tours took delivery of the first of eight new coaches featuring the all new MCV ‘523’ bodywork, built on the Volvo B11R chassis, at the Euro Bus Expo at the NEC in Birmingham.

Managing Director of Golden Tours, Mikesh Palan, said: “We have bought a substantial number of MCV buses over the years for our London sightseeing business so when Volvo came to us to discuss a B11R MCV ‘523’ we were excited at the prospect of being the first customer to order this new vehicle combination.”

With an impressive specification the ‘523’ body features 53 premium seats with three point seatbelts belts, tray back tables, individual USB sockets, footrests, leather side and headrest seat trim. Also fitted is a Shades Centre sunken demountable toilet, Sutrack air conditioning, Bosch DAB digital radio and 19” front and centre flatscreen TVs. Additional features include Alcoa Alloy wheels, driver and crew pa system, front dash mounted 55ltr fridge, hot water boiler, exterior LED cantrail lighting, LED interior floor and roof lighting and reversing camera.

Mikesh Palan added: “Golden Tours prides itself in having fun with transport and offering our customers an innovative travel experience which brings the journey to life the minute they set foot on the bus, and as such we also specified the coaches with seat back TV screens as a bespoke addition.

“The excellent build quality of Volvo vehicles has always impressed us and the UK based backup and support they offer gives us the reassurance we need to ensure maximum uptime for our fleet. We look forward to being the first operator to take delivery of our new coaches early in 2019.”

Richard Mann, Volvo Retail Bus & Coach Sales Manager, said: “We are delighted that Golden Tours have purchased the first eight Volvo B11R MCV ‘523s’. The B11R is proven within the UK market and offers excellent fuel economy, reliability and comfort. The first production example of the Volvo B11R MCV ‘523’ looks really exceptional and we look forward to showing the vehicle to other UK operators at the show.”

Established in 1984, Golden Tours is one of London’s leading sightseeing companies providing a range of city tours and day trips. The company partners internationally with Gray Line Association and is the preferred partner of Warner Bros. Studio Tours in London.


31 October 2018

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