The family owned and run company, based in Auchterarder, purchased the new coach to supplement its existing fleet which is 80 per cent Volvo.
The 38 seat B8R is specified with the Volvo D8K, 8-litre Euro VI engine and stylish Sunsundegui SC5 bodywork. The coach will be predominantly used for private hire, corporate and UK school touring work.
Owner of Docherty’s Midland Coaches, Jim Docherty, said: “We needed an additional coach to fulfil our growing contracts. The B8R SC5 was exactly what we were looking for with the right capacity, reliability, manoeuvrability and fuel economy, making it a perfect fit.
“We have other older versions of the Sunsundegui based on a Volvo chasis and we have been very happy with them.
“Our long history combined with good reliability, build quality, availability and performance, meant we had no hesitation choosing Volvo once again for this latest purchase.”
Craig Connolly, Volvo Retail Bus & Coach Sales Manager, said: “Docherty’s Midland Coaches has been a loyal customer of ours for many years now, having purchased a number of vehicles from us in the past. We’re sure they will be pleased with their new coach and the fuel savings it will bring.”
Jim added: “In addition, our local Volvo dealership, Volvo Truck & Bus North and Scotland in Perth ensures our coaches are kept in top condition which is very important for our business.”
Established in 1947, Docherty’s Midland Coaches is now operated by the second and third generations of the Docherty family, Jim and Edith and their three sons.
With more than 70 years’ experience in the business, Docherty’s Midland Coaches offers many services including transporting local football teams, sightseeing tours, group excursions, corporate event hire, or society outings.