The Volvo 8500 was an aluminium body single-deck city/intercity bus manufactured by Volvo between 2001 and 2011. It was available with medium floor as two-axle (B7R, B12M), tri-axle (B12M) and the articulated 8500A (B12MA). As the low-entry Volvo 8700LE as two-axle (B7RLE, B12BLE), tri-axle (B12BLE) and the articulate 8500LEA (B9SALE). From 2005 it was also available as the fully low floor Volvo 7500 (B9LA, B9SALF), which even came in a bi-articulated version. In the early years, the 8500LE was available with CNG on the B10BLE chassis. Later, CNG was only available on the 7500.

Volvo 8500
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Aabenraa-built Movia Volvo 8500LE on B12BLE
in Copenhagen, operated by Arriva Danmark.
Overview
ManufacturerVolvo
Production2001-2011
AssemblyAabenraa, Denmark (2001-2004)
Säffle, Sweden (2001-2011)
Body and chassis
ClassCommercial vehicle
Body styleSingle-deck city/intercity bus
Doors2-4
Floor typeMedium floor
Low entry
Low floor
ChassisVolvo B7R, B12M, B12MA
B10BLE, B7RLE, B12BLE, B9SALE
B9LA, B9SALF
Powertrain
EngineVolvo D7C, D7E, D9A, D9B, DH12C, DH12D, DH12E, G9A, GH10C
Dimensions
Width2.55 metres
Chronology
PredecessorSäffle 2000NL
Säffle 5000
SuccessorVolvo 8900
Facelifted Volvo 7500 Bi-Artic in Göteborg.

In May 2010 the models received a facelift, which was the front of its 2011-successor, the 8900. The 7500 found its successor in the 7900, but the bi-articulated version was discontinued.

The main markets were Denmark and Sweden, but some were also sold in the other Northern European countries like Estonia. The 7500 never found any buyers outside Sweden, even if the bi-artics were tested in several cities outside Sweden up through the years.

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