Volvo has launched its new generation 9700 integral coach into the UK and Irish markets. It is built on established B11R running units and, says the manufacturer, “blends luxury, performance, practicality and flexibility for any operation.”
The new 9700 will be offered as a 13.1m, two-axle model. It complements Volvo’s existing super-high 9900 tri-axle in its integral line-up for the UK and Ireland. The latest generation 9700′s launch here follows Coach & Bus UK in 2019, when Volvo Bus displayed a surprise left-hand drive example to gauge visitors’ opinion.
Sales Manager for Volvo Bus UK and Ireland David Porter describes the launch of the new generation 9700 as “an exciting development.” Mr Porter says that the 9700 “shares many of the futuristic design features incorporated into the 9900.” He adds that coupling those with others, including a capability for PSVAR compliance, will make the 9700 a versatile addition to fleets.
Volvo says that the new 9700’s exterior design and the B11R’s established driveline, built around the 10.8-litre D11K engine, will ensure good fuel economy returns. The manufacturer adds that the driver’s area has been ergonomically designed, and that the saloon “gives a true feeling of Volvo quality.”
Continues Mr Porter: “We know that as the industry is getting back on its feet, operators will be reassured by having the support of a manufacturing partner that understands more than ever the importance of reliable vehicles and quality aftermarket back-up and support.”
Addition of the new generation 9700 to the UK and Irish markets demonstrates Volvo’s commitment to customers here, Volvo Bus adds. It says that a range of 9700s are available to view at its Coventry coach sales centre, all with the I-Shift automated manual gearbox.
A YouTube video launch of the latest-generation 9700 for the UK can be viewed here.