Built on the proven and successful B8R eight-litre chassis for the first time, this entry-level addition to Volvo’s portfolio keeps costs down and uptime up to further extend the manufacturer’s reach within the UK and Irish coach markets. Built in collaboration with Volvo’s close partner MCV, the body benefits from a subtle facelift.
Josef Gisslow, Retail Sales Director at Volvo Bus UK & Ireland, says: “Our focus when developing the new B8R – MCV eVoTor was to provide a reliable and cost-efficient workhorse that is suitable for an array of different applications. We’ve listened to feedback from our coach customers and worked to bridge gaps in the wider domestic coach market, which is why we’ve already seen strong interest and orders for this model.”
The B8R features Volvo’s proven D8K engine for world-leading fuel-efficiency, producing up to 350 hp and a peak torque of 1,585 Nm. All vehicles are PSVAR-compliant and designed with 53 high quality seats and a toilet, which can be dismantled to allow for 55 seats, alongside generous on-board luggage racks. A Bosch audiovisual system also comes as standard with individual USB charging points to keep passengers connected on the go. The 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission combines smooth and precise gearshifts with high average speeds and outstanding driveability.
Gisslow explains: “Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a smaller model, this is a full-size coach that we’re able to offer at a very competitive price. The new model retains that superior level of passenger comfort and safety you’d expect from a Volvo coach, and the eight-litre platform caters to operators looking for something that’s more versatile.”
The B8R – MCV eVoTor is one of two new models from Volvo Bus UK & Ireland confirmed to enter the marketplace in early 2024, with a third on the horizon. Opening orders have also been placed for the second confirmed model, which is the facelifted Sunsundegui SC7 on the B13R chassis.
Backed by the power of Volvo Group, all coach operators are supported by the highest level of service from Volvo Bus UK & Ireland’s well-established dealership network – and leading bus and coach bodybuilder MCV. To ensure maximum uptime, Volvo ensures the supply over 95% of Genuine Volvo Parts overnight, whether they are held in the UK, Ireland, or further afield.
21st November 2023