Volvo Buses is the world’s second largest bus manufacturer with a complete range of heavy buses and chassis to meet demanding customers’ requirements for passenger transport solutions. Volvo’s bus operation has a global presence, with production in Europe, North and South America and Asia. In 2003 Volvo Buses sold nearly 12,000 buses and employed 6,700 people.
The Volvo Buses product range encompasses complete buses, bus chassis and related services. These products are used in a variety of ways, primarily for passenger transportation and for other special purposes. Volvo Buses has renewed its entire product range of city buses, intercity buses and tourist coaches in less than five years. Most of the new models are based on TX, the company’s product platform for intercity buses and tourist coaches. The introduction of the TX platform is the largest industrial project in the history of Volvo Buses, elevating the company’s products to a higher technical and qualitative level.
Volvo Buses also offers complete system solutions in cooperation with Volvo Mobility Systems, which is a part of the Volvo Buses organisation.
Volvo Buses offers its customers a wide-ranging menu of fleet operation options, including contract maintenance, leasing of the fleet, vehicle replacement planning and management of the operator’s staff and premises. This results in accurate cost control and planning of the contract duration for Volvo customers.
Volvo builds buses with the engine installed either at the rear or between the axles. They may be single units with two or three axles, or they may be in articulated, bi-articulated or double-decker configuration.
Volvo’s buses are designed to meet a wide range of demands from the most widely differing markets. Safety and environmental considerations play a central role in their development. The company also produces buses that run on gas (CNG). Alternative fuels (DME,fuel cells etc.) are undergoing fullscale testing.
Volvo Buses has earned a worldwide reputation on the basis of its excellent reliability. The manufacturing of high-quality products has always been the fundamental objective at Volvo Buses.
Volvo Buses has production plants in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland, Mexico, Botswana, Brazil, India, North America (joint venture) and China (joint venture).
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