First UK & Ireland B11R enters active service

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The new B11R joins a fleet where all of the large coaches are Volvos
The new B11R joins a fleet where all of the large coaches are Volvos

The first Volvo B11R to be ordered in the UK and Ireland is proving itself with Northern Irish operator McDermott Coach Hire.

Following the vehicle’s introduction at Euro Bus Expo in 2012, McDermott Coach Hire showed an immediate interest in the new chassis and was quick to secure an order. The vehicle was delivered earlier this year and is now in full service.

“We have six large coaches in our fleet and all of them are Volvos,” explained McDermott Coach Hire’s Owner Adrian McDermott. “We know, like and trust the Volvo brand. The opportunity arose last year to order the new Volvo B11R, after viewing the specifications I ordered one straight away. They tell me it was the first B11R ever ordered in the UK and Ireland, which is obviously a great privilege.”

The new B11R coach is being used on a variety of McDermott Coach Hire’s work, including private hire.

“We have Dennison Commercials as our local Volvo dealership,” continued Adrian. “It is important that every eventuality is covered and with Volvo it is.

“The promised fuel economy of the new B11R was one the major contributing factors in us specifying this particular vehicle and it hasn’t disappointed us so far. We look forward to monitoring its continued progress.”

McDermott Coach Hire’s new B11R is specified with Alcoa Durabright alloy wheels and has 53 passenger seats, two internal TVs, a DVD player, sound system, centre toilet, air conditioning and a rear servery with fridge. It is equipped with the Volvo D11C six cylinder diesel engine.

“I’d particularly like to thank Volvo Bus Sales Manager Duncan Crosby for his hard work during the purchasing and delivery process,” Adrian concluded.