Volvo B7R

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Volvo B7R
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Manufacturer Volvo
Production 1997–present
Assembly Sweden: Borås (CBU)
Brazil: Curitiba (CBU)
Philippines: Subic, Zambales and Muntinlupa City (CKD)
Body and chassis
Class Bus chassis
Body style Single-decker coach
Doors 1 or 2 (3 in Malaysia include driver's door, 4 in Indonesia include driver's door and emergency door)
Floor type Step entrance
Engine Volvo D7A/D7B/D7C/D7E
Power output 290hp (D7E)
Transmission ZF 6S1380BD manual 6-speed, ZF 6AP1400B automatic 6-speed
Successor Volvo B8R (for 6-speed manual variants in India and the Philippines)

The Volvo B7R is a coach chassis available with a range of bodies. It is promoted as a rear engined lightweight coach chassis. It is primarily intended for tourist and long-distance duties. B7R is also manufactured in China, Brazil, Hungary, India and Iran for use in regional transport services.

B7R is powered by Volvo D7E (previously D7A, D7B and D7C) six-cylinder diesel engine with turbocharger and intercooler. The D7E engine produces 290 hp with 1200 Nm of torque between 1050 and 1650 r/min.

It comes with a retarder incorporated into the gearbox. The retarder slows down the engine when brakes are applied. Once the engine slows down, disk brakes take over and bring the vehicle to complete stop, almost in an instant.

Its frame is a robust steel construction with a flat upper face. A flat upper face simplifies building bus body. It could be built with a maximum length of about 12.5 metres.

The B7R is also available as complete buses - the Volvo 7350 (for Mexico), Volvo 9400 (for India) and Volvo 8700. The B7R is the most widely used deluxe long distance bus in India and is employed by not only the state-owned transport corporations of the state of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh but also by private operators.

Volvo also developed a low-floor variant of B7R, known as the Volvo B7RLE, for intercity and city operations.

Volvo B7R in Curitiba

In Brazil, B7R is produced in Curitiba since 1998. The first B7R in the country was imported from Sweden and operated in Curitiba's public transportation as a Direct Line Bus. In 2012, B7R was renamed to B290R (B7RLE was renamed to B290RLE), and is often used in BRS and BRT applications.

In the Philippines, B7R is also the basis for the GDW6127HKC and DMMW DM16 (included a Volvo 9800-styled front fascia) manufactured by Autodelta Coach Builders Inc and Del Monte Motor Works. It is similar to the low-end version, also the B7RLE.

Meanwhile in Indonesia, the Volvo B7R only presented from 2003 to 2004. But there are many bus company that use the Volvo B7R, such as PO. Harapan Jaya, PO. Nusantara, etc. In the operation, this bus sometimes used as the regular route and sometimes used as a tourist bus. Using the Volvo D7E, this bus has large horsepower, compared with standard Indonesian bus in the Rear Engined Bus , such as Hino RK8JSKA, Hino RG1JS/JN, Mercedes Benz OH 1521, and Mercedes Benz OH 1525. But due to the its large power, the maintenance also very high, and that's why many company that were use the B7R sell the bus into another company and evenly some company change the D7E engine into a Mitsubishi Fuso 6D16 engine or Nissan Diesel FE6B and Hino J08E to reducing operational and maintenance cost.

See also

External links

  • Product description in Volvo website
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