SBS TRANSIT PLACE ORDER 550 DOUBLE-DECK BUS
Press Release: Volvo Buses
After the award of 150 Volvo B9TL double-deck buses in 2009, and a further 300 double-deck buses in 2010, Volvo Buses has now secured a further order for 550 Volvo B9TL double deck buses with a value over US$ 200 million.
The customer, SBS Transit, has once again opted for environmentally friendly Euro V Volvo engines, although these are not yet a requirement in Singapore, and Wrightbus aluminium bodies.
SBS Transit is one of Volvo Buses’ most important customers. Since 1981, Volvo has delivered more than 2,000 buses to the Company. With this order, Volvo has secured its position as the major supplier of double-deck buses to meet SBS Transit’s new vehicle requirements into 2013.
The order is for 550 double-deckers built on the Volvo B9TL chassis. The chassis will be produced in Borås, Sweden, while the bodywork that is to be made by Wrightbus will be mounted in Singapore. Deliveries will commence in January 2013 and be completed by 2015.
SBS Transit has opted to equip the buses with Volvo D9 engines that comply with Euro V emission legislation that will be introduced in Singapore in 2014. However this is the way for SBS Transit to show its continued commitment to environmental protection in Singapore.
SBS Transit Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Gan Juay Kiat, said: “We have been renewing our fleet since 2006 to provide our commuters with a more comfortable and safer ride. Even the needs of passengers in wheelchairs are not forgotten as all our new buses come equipped with a wheelchair ramp. Our new buses will also be fitted with Euro 5 engines even though this is not a regulatory requirement at this point.”
“This order once again underlines the strong relationship built up between SBS Transit and Volvo Buses over many years of close partnership,” says Steve Hedouin, Volvo Buses’ Singapore General Manager. “The quality provided by the B9TL chassis combined with Wrightbus bodywork provides SBS Transit with an environmentally advanced, solution that is fuel-efficient and reliable, best suited to Singapores demanding operations. This, together with Volvo Buses commitment to offer world class service and parts support provided the winning formula”.