Sweden-based commercial vehicle manufacturer, Volvo India announced the trial-run of its 14.5-metre-long multi-axle low floor city bus ‘Volvo 7400XL’ in Bangalore, India. This city bus is considered to be the Asia’s first 14.5 meter bus. Karnataka government-owned Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) held the run.
Earlier this-year, the Volvo 7400XL was showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo 2012 held in Delhi. Step inside the coach and discover the finest of interiors with the most luxurious environment. It is also the country’s first city bus ready to support efficient mass bus-based transport systems and can ferry up to 110 passengers at a time.
The Volvo 7400XL is powered by the Volvo 7-litre diesel engine, with 290 hp of power. It is also equipped with a turbocharger and an intercooler. The bus has improved fuel efficiency with lower emissions and reduced road space consumption. The rear axle too is steerable, which makes the bus very maneuverable even inside the city.
These better fuel efficient buses can carry 100 plus passengers at the same ticket rates applicable in existing Volvo buses. The first trial trip by the bus was from Shanthinagar TTMC to Hebbal. The trial will continue for 3 months on different routes. No much details or information known about the Volvo 7400XL at the moment.
The management at Volvo Buses India is elated with a touch of confidence to see the response Volvo buses are getting in India. The trial launch of Multi-Axle Volvo 7400XL underlines the efforts made by Volvo to make public transport the preferred choice of public in a city. So far Volvo buses have made their presence in 13 cities throughout India.
What we say? Take a ride and discover a new dimension of comfort in road travel from the most well-built bus as you glide on for miles. It is a coach in its own class and an inspiration to travel, like never before.
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