The Busworld exhibition in Kortrijk (Belgium) held its opening day last Friday the 18th of October. On Thursday, prior to the opening, Volvo Buses held a big press day during which our (now relatively new) CEO, Håkan Agnewell, presented our environmentally-friendly Euro VI product range.
At the exhibition, Volvo showcased each application type ranging from city buses (7900 series) and regional buses (8900 series) to coaches (9000 series): all equipped with the new engine line.
7900 double-deckers (10.5m and 12m) with the new hybrid drive train and a further refinement of the Euro V hybrid drive. The double-decker is also available with a D5 diesel engine, excluding hybridization.
The 8900 and 9500 models now equipped with the new D8 engine that is available with 280 to 350 hp.
The Euro VI coach models, the 9700 and 9900, are now available with the brand new D11 engine ranging from 380 hp to a remarkable 460 hp with 2200 Nm of torque.
From everyone I have, so far, come across at the exhibition, the new 18-meter-long Volvo 7900 Articulated Hybrid gained most interest from journalists and operators. Since the introduction in 2010, Volvo hybrid technology has gained a solid reputation in the market globally and an articulated version has been anticipated ever since.
Volvo has always been a forerunner in new technologies and the new articulated 7900 hybrid bus is another step in the path towards electromobility. We have secured a fuel saving of 30% in slow city operation. The articulated 7900 hybrid will in absolute numbers save more fuel in liter per hour than the 12 meter version does.
However, the big buzz came on Friday when the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Sales Lenz and Volvo Bus announced an Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of Luxembourg as a test arena for a sustainable public transport system. You can read the full press release here.
I will soon come back with more detailed information about this subject in the blog…