Volvo goes global with B8
Volvo Buses is now starting the global launch of its latest chassis powered by the 8litre Volvo engine. The Volvo B8R and Volvo B8RLE replace the Volvo B7R and B7RLE, which saw a production run exceeding 40,000 units and sales in 65 countries. The Volvo B8R and B8RBLE have been marketed in Europe since 2013 and in 2017 Volvo Buses will continue rolling out the new models globally. Buses on the Volvo B8R chassis are already being built in India. This summer several Asian markets are in line such as Malaysia and Thailand, along with Australia, the Middle East, Africa and South America.
Just like their predecessor, the Volvo B8R and the low entry Volvo B8RLE version are designed to form the foundation for both city buses and intercity buses, as well as tourist coaches and school buses. The vehicles are equipped with the Volvo Bus Electronic System, which means they are factory prepared for future software upgrades. The Volvo B8R can also be specified with I-Coaching, a system designed to encourage safer and more fuel efficient vehicles by providing continuous feedback. The chassis will be built in the Volvo Buses factories in Boras, Sweden and Curitiba, Brazil, for local final assembly and bodybuilding.
President of Volvo Buses, Hakan Agnevall, said, ‘With the introduction of the Volvo B8R/RLE we are reinforcing our global offer with a modern and flexible product range that gives our customers even better scope for operations that boost life cycle cost efficiency.’