Volvo lands Chinese bus order

Volvo Buses has received an order for 87 city buses for Shanghai. 47 of these buses are Volvo's first midi-buses in China.

The contract is for 40 12 metre Volvo B7R buses and 47 10.5 metre Volvo B6R buses and is a major boost for the company given the size of the Chinese market.

The order was placed by city bus operator ShenXin Bus of Shanghai. It is a joint venture company owned by ComfortDelgro Group of Singapore and Dazhong Group of China. The Dazhong Group consists of five bus operators that together run 5,200 buses, of which 290 are Volvos. ShenXin has a fleet of 590 buses, of which 69 are Volvo B7Rs.

“Our total bus fleet of 590 buses consists of some 20 different models of mainly Chinese brand,” says Michael Liew, CEO of ShenXin. “This presents a difficult job for repair and maintenance. Based on the positive experience we gained with the first Volvo buses, we decided to purchase those additional 87 Volvo buses.”

Liew says one reason for the decision is that the aftersales support from Volvo is superior.