Volvo Group’s UD bus brand has been launched in India, and has begun first customer trials of its city bus in Bangalore. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will operate the UD SLF semi low-floor city bus on key routes over the next two months. India is the first growth market where Volvo has launched the UD Buses.
The UD SLF bus is powered by an 8 l, six-cylinder, turbocharged Euro IV diesel engine delivering maximum power of 230 hp at 2,200 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Neutral Bus Stopping (NBS) feature to offer smooth progress and ride comfort. The Engine Management System (EMS) is claimed to ensure lower emissions, and an integrated retarder with a unique torque convertor enhances braking power. The bus features an ergonomically-designed and clearly-marked instrument panel switches, with height and angle adjustable steering.
The bus features safety equipment including ABS with disc brakes on the front wheels, rollover protection and roll stabilizers. Other safety features include Door Brake System, on-board diagnostics and alarm, large emergency exits and full air suspension system. Passenger comfort is ensured in the city bus through its low Noise-Vibration-Harshness (NVH) levels, ergonomic seating and ease of entry/exit facilitated by wide doors.
Akash Passey, Senior Vice President – Business Region International, Volvo Bus Corporation, said start of the trials is a momentous occasion for UD Buses. He added that stakeholders will be able to realise better benefits with several features that are first in the value segment. Passey also thanked BMTC and the Transport Department, Government of Karnataka for motivating the company to develop new mobility solutions that will be offered under UD Buses.