Volvo Buses Malaysia has launched the Volvo B11R 6×2 Low Entry chassis (a.k.a. B11RLE) which features a walk-through gangway. New to Malaysia, the B11RLE comes with the customised steerable tag axle which enables a smaller turning radius and reduces wear and tear on tires. Further, the specially designed low entry walk-through gangway allows Volvo customers to specify the luxurious interior for an even more personalised and comfortable experience. With the flexibility to extend the body build-up to 14.2 meters, the coach is king of the road, offering maximised passenger capacity and more luggage space.
“We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our new Volvo B11R 6×2 low entry chassis in Malaysia. The new model is specially designed to meet the operational need of the local market and Malaysia is the second market offering the Volvo B11RLE after United Kingdom. We see great potential for double deck buses in the Malaysia market, especially for express buses and premium tour buses,” said Country Manager of Volvo Buses Malaysia, Karen Tan, at an event for its private coach customers and business partners.
The event was held at the Volvo Group Malaysia headquarters in Shah Alam to showcase the new chassis, with a detailed product presentation conducted by Mr. Vikneswaran Subramaniam, Sales Manager of Volvo Buses Malaysia. It also provided customers the opportunity to get a first-hand experience of its features as well as a close view of the chassis. The all-new Volvo B11RLE chassis is manufactured in Boras, Sweden, and offered in Malaysia in Complete Knocked Down (CKD) form.
The Volvo B11RLE combines the reliability and efficiency of Volvo’s standard B11R driveline with an 11-liter engine that offers 430 hp, giving more power and better performance. The new model is also equipped with Volvo’s legendary I-shift transmission that ensures the engine always runs optimally, and combines smooth and silent shifting with fuel efficiency.
Safety is one of Volvo’s core values and this is deeply incorporated in all its products. In terms of safety features, the B11RLE chassis comes with advanced features such as the Volvo Electronic Stability Programme, a 5th generation Electronic Braking System (EBS) with brake blending, and Anti-lock Braking System. Additionally, the Volvo Engine Brake (VEB) with retarder enhances braking efficiency while reducing brake wear thus contributing to lower operating cost. The Volvo Hill Start Aid maintains brake pressure to prevent the bus from rolling backwards when the bus is stopped on an incline and is ready to move again.
Customers of this chassis will also have a choice of a range of Volvo service contracts and additional service offering options to ensure maximum efficiency, uptime and support across Malaysia.
“We strongly believe that what the industry needs today is a bus that provides the best solutions to address the challenges that our bus operators face – shortage of drivers, the need to strike a balance between regulated bus fares versus increasing operating costs including fuel prices. With the Volvo B11R 6×2 Low Entry model, we provide a chassis that enhances safety and durability, reduces pollution and achieves an optimal operating costs solution,” added Karen.