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|Body and chassis|
|Doors||1 or 2|
|Floor type||Step entrance|
|Power output||245 hp (Volvo)
215/252 hp (Cummins)
9.6 m, 10.3 m
10.4 m, 11.3 m, 12 m
The Volvo Olympian was a rear-engined double decker bus chassis manufactured by Volvo at its Irvine, Scotland factory. The first was built in 1992 and entered production in March 1993, replacing the Leyland Olympian.
The design was based on its predecessor, the Leyland Olympian, but the chassis was modified such that only the chassis design and layout remained, with even the grade of steel for the chassis members being changed, Volvo's standard electrical system was used, as well as standard Volvo steering/"Z cam" braking systems. The early Volvo Olympians were offered with Cummins L10 or Volvo TD102KF engine, coupled to Voith DIWA or ZF Ecomat gearbox. From late 1996, only the Volvo D10A-245 Euro II engine with electronic diesel control was offered.
The Volvo Olympian remained as popular as the Leyland Olympian in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Large number of Olympians were exported to Hong Kong and Singapore; most of them being air-conditioned.
Production of Volvo Olympian ended in 2000 and concluded a run of over 10,000 Leyland/Volvo Olympian chassis. The last built were for Yorkshire Coastliner and had Alexander Royale bodies. The chassis had two low-floor successors: the 2-axle Volvo B7TL and the 3-axle Volvo Super Olympian.
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