Volvo B7R

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Volvo B7R
Volvo B7R First Cymru.jpg
Volvo B7R with Plaxton coach body in Cardiff, United Kingdom.
Manufacturer Volvo
Production 1997–present
Assembly Sweden
Body and chassis
Class Bus chassis
Body style Single-decker coach
Doors 1 or 2 (3 in Indonesia and Malaysia include driver's door)
Floor type Step entrance
Engine Volvo D7A/D7B/D7C/D7E
Transmission ZF Ecomat, ZF EcoLife

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.

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 (included a Volvo 9800-styled front fascia) manufactured by Autodelta Coach Builders, Inc. It is similar to the low-end version, also the B7RLE.

See also

External links

  • Product description in Volvo website
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