Volvo ‘ticks the boxes’ for North Staffs operator coach
The impressive fuel economy of Volvo’s new B11R coach was one of the key purchasing factors for independently-owned Hollinshead Coaches, which has recently taken delivery of a new Jonckheerebodied example.
“We’ve had many years operating Volvos and we like and trust them,” explained Hollinshead Coaches’, Stephen Haydon. “We had two fundamental requirements with our new coach. It had to be as economic on fuel as possible and we also specifically wanted a vehicle with 53-seats plus centre demountable toilet.
The delivery of Hollinshead’s new B11R coach means that 90% of the North Staffordshire operator’s vehicles are now built on the Volvo chassis.
“Volvo Bus once again met our exacting requirements and we’re very pleased with the new vehicle,” continued Stephen. “Another factor in our decision was the re-assurance of the back-up and support we receive from The Hartshorne Group and our contact there Bob Phillips. They’ve always been superb.”
The firm’s new 53-seater vehicle, liveried in the company’s distinctive red and cream, is specified with Volvo’s fuel efficient, D11C 11-litre diesel engine, rated at 450hp, coupled to the Volvo I-Shift gearbox.
The new coach also features an on board toilet and entertainment facilities which include a radio, CD & DVD player and TV monitors. It is also equipped with climate control, a drinks area and top of the range seating with leather headrests and trim.
Already operating across Hollinshead’s own tour programme, the new coach is also being used for private hire activity and an increasing number of corporate customers. “That was one of the reasons we needed those extra seats,” continued Steven Haydon. “It is to meet the demands of our larger groups.”
Volvo Bus Coach Sales Manager, James Hyde commented: “Hollinshead Coaches is a longestablished and loyal Volvo customer. They were impressed by the fuel economy of the new B11R vehicle and it also met their passenger capacity requirements.”
“The vehicle has been in daily operation since the beginning of June and Hollinshead Coaches have been pleased with its performance,” continued James. “We look forward to continuing our successful working relationship in the future.”
The coach was supplied by Volvo Bus’ Coventry dealership. Call 02476 210250 or visit www.volvobuses.com/bus/uk/en-gb