The new 8900 is another new lean workhorse from Volvo Bus corporation. Previously the low entry Volvo buses 8500 in Aluminium body and 8700 in steel body were the ultimate versatile bus for both city and regions. The easily accessible low floor portion was combined with an elevated rear part offering comfortable riding in rural areas.
The new front of 8900 in combination with the aluminium body has allowed a weight decrease of 200-800 kg (depending on specification details). The weight decrease lead to increased capacity as well as lower fuel consumption.
We now offer the 8900 with two engine alternatives:
Volvo D9B 380 hp
Volvo D7E 290 hp (optional with Diesel Particulate Filter)
The high power outtake now realised for the D9 engine enable low fuel consumption also in demanding applications.
Another news is that the highly efficient D7 engine now also is offered for high capacity buses (25.5 tonnes) with a length up to 14.7 metre.
The superior fuel consumption of the D7 engine in combination with the high capacity body will be interesting to follow. What I can see so far in the fuel consumption statistics, it seems that in mixed traffic conditions with an average speed around 26 km/h the fuel consumption is 37 litre per 100 km for the 14.5 m version of the 8900 with the D7 engine.
Im sure I will come back with more reports on this!