Operators are praising the Audace which is the first bus bus to come from a partnership between Volvo Bus Australia and bodybuilder Marcopolo.
Two NSW operators in particular have been impressed with the backup, functionality and stylish appearance of the newly-launched model.
The 12.3 metre Audace combines the renowned Volvo Euro5 B7R chassis with a Marcopolo body.
The result is a sleek, stylish and affordable package that appeals to the dynamic needs of operators, including, Kennedy’s Tours Owner John Kennedy and Allen’s Coaches Director Brett Allen.
Kennedy has been operating the new Audace for both his regular school routes and school excursions for two months, and says the bus ticks all the boxes.
“This unit really meets all our requirements – it allows us to deliver the high quality service on which we pride ourselves, and it’s a good looking bus, built well and at a good price,” he says.
The Volvo B7Rs have extensive mechanical features including four wheel disc brakes and ABS for responsive braking and active suspension.
The 57-seat Marco Polo body features bonded glass panes that maximise passenger and driver visibility, streamlined pillars from windscreen to roof, head and tail lights with LED turn signals and clearance lights, and electric rounded external mirrors with a demisting system.
“The drivers enjoy the manoeuvrability and robustness of the Volvo B7R chassis as well as the seating position and the layout of the driver’s cabin, while our customers and passengers are impressed with the overall design and comfort,” says Kennedy.
“The Volvo chassis is what really sold me on the Audace, but the fact that the whole unit is fully warranted and supported by both Volgren and Volvo really added that extra security that this was the right bus for us.”