Saturday 1 May 2021

Volvo Launch New 9700 Fully Integral Coach Via Video Channel

The launch of the new Volvo 9700 fully integral coach to the UK and Irish markets has taken place via the company’s official social media channels.

Built on the established and highly successful Volvo B11R driveline, the all-new Volvo 9700 is said to blend luxury, performance, practicality and flexibility for any operation. It provides class-leading safety, a fuel-efficient driveline and a design which not only maximizes passenger comfort and experience but has an incredible road presence.

According to Volvo's press release "Stunning design with smooth contours compliment the Volvo driveline and combine to ensure outstanding fuel economy with an interior that is as stylish as the exterior. The driver’s environment with a sleek curved dashboard is ergonomically designed to give the driver a comfortable, spacious and efficient environment. Within the saloon, expectations are surpassed, offering a true feeling of Volvo quality"

David Porter, Sales Manager for Volvo Bus UK & Ireland, said: “After a hugely challenging 12 months for the whole industry, we’re delighted to announce some really positive news. The launch of the Volvo 9700 complete coach to the UK and Irish market is an exciting development for customers and Volvo Bus.

“Operators will no doubt be familiar with the new Volvo coach family, the 9700 shares many of the futuristic design features incorporated into the 9900 coupled with others, such as PSVAR capability making it the perfect, versatile addition to our customers fleets.”

David Porter continued, “We know as the industry is getting back on its feet, operators will be reassured by having the support of a manufacturing partner, who understands more than ever the importance of reliable vehicles and quality aftermarket back-up and support. Volvo Bus, the 9700 and Volvo’s dedicated dealer network delivers this and more.

Above & below, the new 9700 was revealed in left hand drive format at the
Coach & Bus UK event in 2019

The new 9700 forms part of what Volvo Buses described as the biggest revision of its European coach range in recent history and serves to demonstrate the organisations commitment to the market.  Traditionally Volvo coaches have been based on Volvo chassis, with bodywork supplied by a number of independent body builders. The 9700 and the 9900 offer coach operators a complete Volvo vehicle with all the assurance of a single sourced product.

9900 Delivery to Lochs & Glens

Renowned, family-owned Scottish holiday and coach tour operator Lochs & Glens has taken delivery of five new Volvo B11R 9900 premium specification fully integral coaches. The delivery is a highly significant landmark joint venture for both companies, as it is the first time Lochs & Glens has ever specified a complete Volvo product. The right hand drive versions of the upmarket 9900 were introduced in advance of the above mentioned 9700.

The five new B11R 13.9 metre, 57 seat coaches join an already impressive all Volvo fleet, now numbering 16 vehicles. Lochs & Glens make a deliberate decision to update and renew a third of the fleet each year, to continue to ensure the very best standard of holiday is maintained for the company’s loyal customers.

All five of Loch & Glens new premium Volvo 9900 are supported on Volvo contracts to ensure they are kept in top working order and that anything that does occur through wear and tear can be rectified as quickly and efficiently as possible.