Sunsundegui agrees to manufacture Volvo 9700 and 9900 bodies
Volvo Buses has signed an agreement with Sunsundegui to manufacture its Volvo 9700 and Volvo 9900 bodies under license. Production is expected to commence in 2024, with the first buses hitting the European market in 2025.
The agreement, which was signed at Sunsundegui’s headquarters in Navarre, Spain, follows Volvo’s announcement earlier this year that it will focus on chassis production.
The announcement follows the news in September that Volvo Buses signed an agreement with MCV for the manufacture of bodies for its city and intercity buses.
As part of the new agreement, Sunsundegui will increase both the capacity and the number of employees at its bodybuilding factory in Navarre. Volvo Buses will continue to be the point of contact for sales and services, for both existing and prospective customers, as part of its new European business model.
In addition to the agreements with Sunsundegui and MCV Volvo Buses are using other bodybuilders to provide customized solutions across the many markets it works with globally. For example, Volvo 9700 DD bus bodies will continue to be manufactured by Carrus Delta. Chassis production will remain at Volvo Buses’ factories in Borås and Uddevalla, Sweden.
“Through agreements with Sunsundegui and MCV, we are confident that we can offer our customers a complete range of buses and coaches in the premium segment” – Anna Westerberg, President of Volvo Buses
Anna Westerberg, President of Volvo Buses, said: “With this agreement, we have taken a significant step in implementing the change we announced in March this year regarding our business model in Europe. Through agreements with Sunsundegui and MCV, we are confident that we can offer our customers a complete range of buses and coaches in the premium segment.”
“Together with Sunsundegui, we can now take orders for Volvo 9700 and Volvo 9900 before the year end” – Dan Pettersson, SVP at Volvo Buses
Dan Pettersson, SVP at Volvo Buses, said: “Together with Sunsundegui, we can now take orders for Volvo 9700 and Volvo 9900 before the year end. Our customers should also feel confident that we can deliver coaches of the highest quality to cater for the growing demand in the coach business.”