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1LVO'S new city bus chassis the 1110 R launched at the tent International Congress blic Transport Systems in ban Areas in Gothenburg is start production in Sepnber this year.
rhe B10 R will replace the 9 rear-engine chassis. It itures and extremely low or, new heavy-duty axles d sub-frames, automatic rel-controlled air suspenin, more powerful brakes d ergonomic driving instrumts.
The step height of the new assis can be as low as )mm if low profile tyres are ed and ground clearance nditions permit. Like its me market competitor, the ania CR112, the Volvo BIO R ime arrangement allows ace for a third door to be ted behind the rear axle.
Powered by the turboarged Volvo THD100D, the 0 R can be supplied either .th the engine developing OKW as standard or 133Kw in an optional economy version.
The economy option allows the use of smaller automatic transmission units than normally used. Fully automatic transmission is standard equipment on the BIO R chassis.
There are no plans to import the B10 R to the UK, Its predecessor the B59 was developed in 1971 and is in service in Belgium, Holland, France, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal and Australia.
An attempt to introduce the B59 to Britain was made in 1973, but it proved a little too expensive for British operators.
• Volvo has just announced its largest-ever bus order from Sweden. The order, from Greater Stockholm Transport Authority, is for 250 buses, All the vehicles will be on Volvo B58 chassis. All Stockholm's double-deck buses have now been withdrawn and scrapped.