VOLVO ANNOUNCES THE NEXT GENERATION DOUBLE-DECK CITY BUS
Press Release: Volvo Buses
Volvo Buses announces a new double-deck city bus for the UK and Irish markets. The B5TL is equipped with a new, fuel efficient high performing Euro 6 engine which offers substantial fuel, weight and life cycle cost reductions compared to the current product, the popular Volvo B9TL.
The Volvo B5TL will be powered by a new 5.1 liter 4 cylinder Euro 6 engine rated at 240 hp producing 900 Nm torque. The new, right-sized engine makes it ideal for city bus operation and offers a wide range of performance benefits. The engine will also be used in the Euro 6 versions of the best-selling double and single deck hybrid vehicles, ensuring benefits of commonality regarding aftermarket support.
Volvo will continue to offer both diesel-powered and hybrid chassis for the UK and Irish markets with the introduction of the Euro 6 engines.
Cooperation with leading body builder
The new double-deck city bus was developed in close cooperation with Wrightbus, a leading UK body builder, and city bus operators, resulting in a significant weight reduction of the whole vehicle and offering benefits of increased passenger loadings and reduced fuel consumption, all of this despite the more demanding legislative requirements of Euro 6.
During development, customers’ requirements for easier access to components and improved maintainability have been addressed, resulting in lower life cycle costs and quicker vehicle repair times- vehicle up-time being recognized as one of the key operating requirements. Electric cooling fans and an electrically driven power steering pump improves on-board safety and also reduces the overall weight of the vehicle.
The B5TL will be introduced with the ZF Eco life 6-speed automatic gearbox, which was designed to cope with the increased demands of Euro 6 technology.
“Improved fuel consumption, lifecycle costs, maintainability and accessibility. This is what our customers need from their vehicles. And this is exactly what the new B5TL offers. We are very excited about the new product,” says Ian Downie, Product Director, Volvo Buses UK.
The new Volvo double-deck will be launched in 2013, ready for 2014 registrations.