The Volvo 8700 was a single-decker city and single-decker intercity bus manufactured by Volvo between 2002 and 2011. It was available both with medium floor and as the low-entry Volvo 8700LE, which was even built as the articulated Volvo 8700LEA on a B12BLEA chassis. It was also available as a coach, and even some were delivered with a toilet.
Volvo 8700 on B12B in Thusis, Switzerland.
|Assembly||Tampere, Finland (2002–2008)|
Wrocław, Poland (2002–2011)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||Single-decker city bus|
Single-decker intercity bus
|Doors||2-3 (1-2-0, 2-2-0, 1-2-1, 2-2-1, etc.)|
|Floor type||Medium floor|
|Chassis||Volvo B7R, B12B, B12M|
|Engine||Volvo D7C, D7E, DH12D, DH12E|
|Transmission||I-Shift, ZF, Voith GmbH|
|Length||12.0 metres, 14.5 metres or 18.0 metres|
|Height||3.00 metres or 3.14 metres|
(Volvo B10-400, Volvo 7250)
As a successor to the Carrus Vega, which was also built and sold as Volvo B10-400 and Volvo 7250 in Germany and Poland, the main difference was that it was built on the Volvo TX platform. The exterior was just as a simple facelift from the old model. The medium floor 8700 was available on B7R, B12B and B12M chassis, with all except the B7R available as a tri-axle bus. The 8700LE was available on B7RLE and B12BLE, with only the B12BLE as a tri-axle bus.
In 2011 it was succeeded by the 8900.
In Norway a total of 1300 buses were delivered, with 8700 and 8700LE having almost equal share.
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