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Company plans to increase Hoskote unit capacity

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Managing Director of Volvo Buses India Akash Passey introducing the Volvo 9400 multi-axle bus at the Bus and Special Vehicle Expo 2011 in Hyderabad on Wednesday. — PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Managing Director of Volvo Buses India Akash Passey introducing the Volvo 9400 multi-axle bus at the Bus and Special Vehicle Expo 2011 in Hyderabad on Wednesday. — PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

Volvo Buses India on Wednesday unveiled the multi-axle 9400 XL, the latest offering from its stable at the second Bus & Special Vehicles Expo here.

Managing Director of Volvo Buses India Akash Passey said the company was working at increasing capacity at the Hoskote plant near Bangalore from 600 buses to between 1,200 and 1,500 buses at an investment of Rs.200 crore.

“To cater to the domestic demand and to step up exports, mainly to South Asia and South Africa, we are stepping up manufacturing capacity,” he said, on the sidelines of the expo. The bus sector in the country was growing steadily between 8 per cent and 10 per cent, he said adding that after China, Mexico and Poland, India was the fourth global hub for the company.

He said the 12-gears with auto and manual transmission, the alloy wheels and European style interiors meant greater comfort for passengers. Also, the advanced technology and I-Shift ensured best driving practices and fuel efficiency for the operator. Compared to the earlier models, the 9400 I-Shift would run for 40,000 km a month while maintaining high levels of fuel efficiency, he said.

Volvo buses are being operated in 13 cities in addition to inter-city operations. Mr. Passey said the numbers in Bangalore had swelled from 25 Volvo buses in 2006 to 500 now.


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