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Volvo B13R is a 12.8-litre engined coach chassis available as both two- and tri-axle from Volvo since 2009. It was the first of the Volvo BXXR series, replacing the higher output configurations of the B12B.[1] It was later joined by the B11R, which has the same base chassis but a smaller engine. And as Volvo chose not to upgrade the D13 engine to meet Euro VI emission requirements, it was replaced by the B11R[2] in the European market, but is still available at other markets, like Mexico. The B13R is easy recognisable as being the only modern Volvo coach chassis with air intakes on the right-hand side.

Volvo B13R
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The Kings Ferry Caetano Levante bodied B13R in Llandudno in May 2013
  • Sweden
  • Mexico
Body and chassis
ClassCoach chassis
PlatformVolvo BXXR
Floor typeStep entrance
RelatedVolvo B11R
EngineVolvo D13C
Power output420-500 bhp
TransmissionVolvo I-Shift
Length10.5-15.0 metres
PredecessorVolvo B12B
SuccessorVolvo B11R

After launch in 2009 it soon became the default choice of chassis for Volvo's 9700 and 9900 coaches, as only the 340 hp configuration of the B12B was compatible with the Euro V requirements. The lowest configuration of the 9700; the 9700S, was not compatible with the B13R, as the engine was so tall that it would conflict with the internal floor.

Over 190 were sold in the United Kingdom, with Park's of Hamilton purchasing 32.[3] Australian interstate operator Greyhound Australia purchased 30.[4] The tri-axle version of the B13R is known in the UK as the B13RT.


D13C,[5] 12 777 cc, in-line 6 cyl. turbodiesel (2009-present)

  • D13C420 - 309 kW (420 bhp), 2100 Nm, Euro V/EEV
  • D13C460 - 338 kW (460 bhp), 2300 Nm, Euro V/EEV
  • D13C500 - 368 kW (500 bhp), 2500 Nm, Euro V

The D13C500 is only available on certain markets. One example is the Comil Campione DD-based Volvo Double Decker[6] available in Mexico.


  1. ^ New powerful and more fuel efficient Volvo B13R Australasian Bus & Coach 6 May 2010
  2. ^ Volvo B8R Plaxton Leopard Bus & Coach Buyer 7 March 2014
  3. ^ Volvo B13R Bus Lists on the Web
  4. ^ Volvo Greyhound Order Bus & Coach Professional 23 September 2013
  5. ^ Volvo D13C Euro5/EEV fact sheet Volvo Buses
  6. ^ Volvo Double Decker especificaciones Volvo Buses Mexico

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