Volvo Buses (Volvo Bus Corporation / formal name: Volvo Bussar AB) (stylized as VOLVO) is a subsidiary and a business area of the Swedish vehicle maker Volvo, which became an independent division in 1968. It is based in Gothenburg.

Volvo Bussar AB
  • Volvo Buses
  • Volvo Bus Corporation
TypeSubsidiary of the Volvo Group
IndustryBus manufacturing
Founded1968
HeadquartersGothenburg, Sweden
Areas served
Worldwide
Key people
  • Anna Westerberg (President)
Brands
RevenueIncrease 25.386 billion kr (2016)[1]
Increase 0.911 billion kr (2016)[1]
Number of employees
7,353 (2016)[1]
ParentVolvo
Websitevolvobuses.com

It is one of the world's largest bus manufacturers, with a complete range of heavy buses for passenger transportation. The product range includes complete buses and coaches as well as chassis combined with a comprehensive range of services.[2]

The bus operation has a global presence, with production in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. In India it set up its production facility in Bangalore. A former production facility was located in Irvine, Scotland (closed in 2000).

ProductsEdit

ChassisEdit

Codes in parentheses are VIN codes for the chassis models.

HistoricalEdit

  • 1930s/40s: B10, B12
  • 1950s: B627
  • 1950s-1960s: B615/B616/B617
  • 1950s-1960s: B635/B638
  • 1950s-1960s: B705
  • 1950s-1960s: B725/B727
  • 1951-1963: B655 (mid-engine)/B656/B657/B658
  • 1960s: B715
  • 1963-1965: B755
  • 1960s-1980s: B57 & BB57
  • 1965-1982: B58
  • 1966-1971: B54
  • 1970-1980: B59
  • 1973-1985: Ailsa B55
  • 1978-2001: B10M/B10MA/B10MD (1M) – the double deck city bus version B10MD, built from 1982 to 1993, was also known as Citybus
    • 1983–1996? B9M (9M) – low-budget version of the B10M
    • 1988–1991 B10C (1C) – special Australian coach version of the B10M
  • 1978-1991: B10R (1R)
  • 1978-1987?: B6F/B6FA (6A)
  • 198?-198?: B6M (6M) – for Asia Pacific
  • 1990-2002: B10B (R1)
  • 1991-2011: B12 (R2) – known as B12R, later B380R/B420R in Brazil
  • 1991-1998: B6/B6LE (R3)
  • 1992-2000: Olympian (YN) – modified from Leyland Olympian
  • 1992-2004: B10BLE (R4)
  • 1993-2000s: B10L/B10LA (R5)
  • 1997-2006?: B7L/B7LA (R7)
  • 1998-2002: B6BLE (R3)
  • 1997-2011: B12B (R8)
    • 2001-2011: B12BLE/B12BLEA (R8) – articulated version was introduced in 2005
  • 1998-2004: Super Olympian (S1) – also known as B10TL
  • 1999-2006: B7TL (S2)
  • 2000-2003: B10R (S3) – for Brazil
  • 2002-2018: B9TL (S4) – low-floor double-decker, once known as Olympian in Volvo official website
  • 2010?-2013: B9RLE
  • 2012-2021: B5TL (T9) – low-floor double-decker

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CurrentEdit

  • 1997-: B7R (R6) – known as B290R in Brazil since 2011
    • 2001-: B7RLE (R6) – low-entry version of the B7R
  • 1999-: B12M/B12MA (R9) – known as B340M in Brazil since 2011 (bi-articulated version was introduced in 2002)
  • 2003-: B9R (S5) – known as B340R/B380R in Brazil 2011–2012
  • 2002-: B9S (S6) – bi-articulated version was introduced in 2006, known as B360S in Brazil since 2011
  • 2005-: B9L/B9LA (S7) – low-floor
  • 2008-: B5LH (T1) – low-floor hybrid-electric bus
  • 2009-: BXXR (T2)
    • 2009-: B13R – 12.8-litre engine
    • 2011-: B11R – 10.8-litre engine, known as B340R/B380R/B420R/B450R in Brazil
  • 2011-: B270F (T5) – front-engined
  • 2012-: B5RH/B5RLEH (T8) – step-entrance/low-entry hybrid-electric bus, known as B215RH/B215LH in Brazil
  • 2013-: B8R (T7)
  • 2015-: BE (U1)
  • 2016-: B8L (U2) – low-floor double-decker
  • 2021-: BZL (U3) – low-floor single/double-decker

Complete busesEdit

 
Hybrid Volvo 7700H bus at the Czech Bus Fair 2011
  • C10M (built in 1980s)
  • 5000/7500 low-floor citybus (B10L/B7L/B9S Articulated chassis)
  • 7000/7700 low-floor citybus (B10L/B7L/B9L chassis)
  • 7250/7350 coach (Volvo/Drögmöller B10-400/B7R chassis) - for Mexico
  • 7400 - for India
  • 7400XL - for India
  • 7450/7550 coach
  • 7700A articulated low-floor citybus (B7LA/B9LA chassis)
  • 7700 Hybrid low-floor citybus (B5LH chassis)
  • 7800 articulated BRT bus (B9S Articulated chassis) - for China
  • 7900 low-floor citybus
  • 7900 Hybrid low-floor citybus (B5LH chassis)
  • 7900A Hybrid articulated low-floor citybus (B5LAH chassis)
  • 8300 intercity (B9R chassis) - for Mexico
  • 8400 citybus (B7RLE chassis) - for India
  • 8500 TX intercity (B7R/B12M chassis)
  • 8500A articulated intercity (B12MA chassis)
  • 8500LE citybus (B10BLE/B7RLE/B12BLE/B9S Articulated chassis)
  • 8600 (B8R chassis) – for Europe, built in India
  • 8700 TX intercity (B7R/B12B/B12M chassis)
  • 8700LE citybus (B7RLE/B12BLE chassis)
  • 8700LEA articulated citybus (B12BLEA chassis)
  • 8900 intercity (B7R/B9R/B8R chassis)
  • 8900LE citybus (B7RLE/B9RLE/B8RLE chassis)
  • 9100 coach - for Asia, built in India
  • 9300 coach (B9R chassis) - for Mexico
  • 9400 intercity (B7R/B8R/B9R chassis) - for India
  • 9400XL(6X2) intercity (B9R chassis) - for India
  • 9400PX coach (B11R chassis) - for India
  • 9500 coach (B9R/B8R chassis)
  • 9600 coach (B9R chassis) - for China
  • 9700 TX intercity/coach (B12B/B12M/B7R/B9R/B13R/B11R/B8R chassis)
  • 9800 coach (B12M chassis) - for China
  • 9800 coach (B13R chassis) - for Mexico
  • 9800 Double Decker coach (B13R chassis) - for Mexico
  • 9900 coach (B12B/B13R/B11R chassis)

Acquired companiesEdit

Bus makers owned/acquired by Volvo:

Production sitesEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Annual and Sustainability Report 2016" (PDF). Volvo. pp. 81, 95.
  2. ^ Jul 01, IN ReviewsUpdated; 2021. "The World's 10 Largest Coach Bus Manufacturers". Carlogos.org. Retrieved 17 April 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Brief History Overview Volvo Buses (Archived 28 January 1997)
  4. ^ "AB Volvo - press release". Cision Wire. 22 September 1999. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  5. ^ Carrus Carrus (Archived 2 March 2000)
  6. ^ "Volvo Buses de Mexico (previously MASA)". Jane's Urban Transport Systems, Jane's Information Group. 9 November 2005. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2015.

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