Volvo Buses

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Volvo Bussar AB
  • Volvo Buses
  • Volvo Bus Corporation
Subsidiary of the Volvo Group
Industry Manufacturing
Founded 1968
Headquarters Gothenburg, Sweden
Areas served
Worldwide
Key people
  • Håkan Agnevall (President)
Brands
Revenue Increase 25.386 billion kr (2016)[1]
Increase 0.911 billion kr (2016)[1]
Number of employees
7,353 (2016)[1]
Parent Volvo
Website volvobuses.com

Volvo Buses (Formal name: Volvo Bussar AB) (stylized as VOLVO) is a subsidiary and a business area of the Swedish vehicle maker Volvo, which became an independent division in 1968. It is based in Gothenburg.

It is the world's largest bus manufacturer, with a complete range of heavy buses for passenger transportation. The product range includes complete buses and coaches as well as chassis combined with a comprehensive range of services.

The bus operation has a global presence, with production in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. In India it set up its production facility in Bangalore. Former production facility was located in Irvine, Scotland (closed in 2000).

Products[edit]

Chassis[edit]

Codes in parentheses are VIN codes for the chassis models.

Historical[edit]

  • 1930/40s: B10, B12
  • 1950s: B627
  • 1950s-1960s: B615/B616/B617
  • 1950s-1960s: B635/B638
  • 1950s-1960s: B705
  • 1950s-1960s: B725/B727
  • 1951-1963: B655 (mid-engine)/B656/B657/B658
  • 1960s: B715
  • 1963-1965: B755
  • 1960s-1980s: B57 & BB57
  • 1965-1982: B58
  • 1966-1971: B54
  • 1970-1980: B59
  • 1973-1985: Ailsa B55
  • 1978-2001: B10M/B10MA/B10MD (1M) – the double deck city bus version B10MD, built from 1982 to 1993, was also known as Citybus
    • 1983–1996? B9M (9M) – low-budget version of the B10M
    • 1988–1991 B10C (1C) – special Australian coach version of the B10M
  • 1978-1991: B10R (1R)
  • 1978-1987?: B6F/B6FA (6A)
  • 198?-198?: B6M (6M) – for Asia Pacific
  • 1990-2002: B10B (R1)
  • 1991-2011: B12 (R2) – known as B12R, later B380R/B420R in Brazil
  • 1991-1998: B6/B6LE (R3)
  • 1992-2000: Olympian (YN) – modified from Leyland Olympian
  • 1992-2004: B10BLE (R4)
  • 1993-2000s: B10L/B10LA (R5)
  • 1997-2006?: B7L/B7LA (R7)
  • 1998-2002: B6BLE (R3)
  • 1997-2011: B12B (R8)
    • 2001-2011: B12BLE/B12BLEA (R8) – articulated version was introduced in 2005
  • 1998-2004: Super Olympian (S1) – also known as B10TL
  • 1999-2006: B7TL (S2)
  • 2000-2003: B10R (S3) – for Brazil
  • 2010?-2013: B9RLE (S5)

Current[edit]

  • 1997-: B7R (R6) – known as B290R in Brazil since 2011
    • 2001-: B7RLE (R6) – low-entry version of the B7R
  • 1999-: B12M/B12MA (R9) – known as B340M in Brazil since 2011 (bi-articulated version was introduced in 2002)
  • 2002-: B9TL (S4) – low-floor double-decker, once known as Olympian in Volvo official website
  • 2003-: B9R (S5) – known as B340R/B380R in Brazil 2011–2012
  • 2002-: B9S (S6) – bi-articulated version was introduced in 2006, known as B360S in Brazil since 2011
  • 2005-: B9L/B9LA (S7) – low-floor
  • 2008-: B5LH (T1) – low-floor hybrid-electric bus
  • 2009-: BXXR (T2)
    • 2009-: B13R – 12.8-litre engine
    • 2011-: B11R – 10.8-litre engine, known as B340R/B380R/B420R/B450R in Brazil
  • 2011-: B270F (T5) – front-engined
  • 2012-: B5TL (T9) – low-floor double-decker
  • 2012-: B5RH/B5RLEH (T8) – step-entrance/low-entry hybrid-electric bus, known as B215RH/B215LH in Brazil
  • 2013-: B8R (T7)
  • 2015: 7900 Electric (U1)
  • 2016-: B8L (U2) – low-floor double-decker

Complete buses[edit]

Hybrid Volvo 7700H bus at the Czech Bus Fair 2011
  • C10M (built in 1980s)
  • 5000/7500 low-floor citybus (B10L/B7L/B9S Articulated chassis)
  • 7000/7700 low-floor citybus (B10L/B7L/B9L chassis)
  • 7250/7350 coach (Volvo/Drögmöller B10-400/B7R chassis) - for Mexico
  • 7400 - for India
  • 7400XL - for India
  • 7450/7550 coach
  • 7700A articulated low-floor citybus (B7LA/B9LA chassis)
  • 7700 Hybrid low-floor citybus (B5LH chassis)
  • 7800 articulated BRT bus (B9S Articulated chassis) - for China
  • 7900 low-floor citybus
  • 7900 Hybrid low-floor citybus (B5LH chassis)
  • 7900A Hybrid articulated low-floor citybus (B5LAH chassis)
  • 8300 intercity (B9R chassis) - for Mexico
  • 8400 citybus (B7RLE chassis) - for India
  • 8500 TX intercity (B7R/B12M chassis)
  • 8500A articulated intercity (B12MA chassis)
  • 8500LE citybus (B10BLE/B7RLE/B12BLE/B9S Articulated chassis)
  • 8700 TX intercity (B7R/B12B/B12M chassis)
  • 8700LE citybus (B7RLE/B12BLE chassis)
  • 8700LEA articulated citybus (B12BLEA chassis)
  • 8900 intercity (B7R/B9R/B8R chassis)
  • 8900LE citybus (B7RLE/B9RLE/B8RLE chassis)
  • 9100 coach - for Asia
  • 9300 coach (B9R chassis) - for Mexico
  • 9400 intercity (B7R/B8R/B9R chassis) - for India
  • 9400XL(6X2) intercity (B9R chassis) - for India
  • 9400PX coach (B11R chassis) - for India
  • 9500 coach (B9R/B8R chassis)
  • 9600 coach (B9R chassis) - for China
  • 9700 TX intercity/coach (B12B/B12M/B7R/B9R/B13R/B11R/B8R chassis)
  • 9800 coach (B12M chassis) - for China
  • 9800 coach - for Mexico
  • 9900 coach (B12B/B13R/B11R chassis)

Acquired companies[edit]

Bus makers owned/acquired by Volvo:

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Annual and Sustainability Report 2016" (PDF). Volvo. pp. 81, 95. 
  2. ^ Brief History Overview Volvo Buses (Archived 28 January 1997)
  3. ^ "AB Volvo - press release". Cision Wire. Retrieved 1999-09-22.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ Carrus Carrus (Archived 2 March 2000)
  5. ^ "Volvo Buses de Mexico (previously MASA)". Jane's Urban Transport Systems, Jane's Information Group. November 9, 2005. Archived from the original on August 15, 2011. Retrieved 2015-09-17. 

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