Volvo Buses has launched its all-new double-decker, the 9700 DD, which it says is the next step in the development of its 9700 and 9900 long-distance coach range. It has been developed to meet demands for greater passenger capacity, flexibility, comfort and safety.
“With the Volvo 9700 DD we can now offer our customers a comprehensive range of tourist and express buses with premium features. The express bus sector is growing quickly in the Nordic region and for many operators the Volvo 9700 DD is a longed-for model that extends capacity and productivity,” said Niklas Orre, Vice President, Coach Sales.
The bus features enhanced connectivity enabling better realtime monitoring by operators, who are able to see how the vehicle is being driven and can also plan servicing for optimal efficiency. Zone Management – using a computer to regulate vehicle speed in sensitive areas – should lead to improved safety and lower fuel consumption.
The 9700 DD can carry up to 96 passengers and is equipped with Volvo’s in-house designed ergonomic seats and a climate system featuring separate zones for passengers and driver. There is a wide range of sound systems, multimedia systems and passenger information systems to choose from. Door openings, centre aisle, stairs and roof height both upstairs and downstairs are all designed to facilitate quick boarding and alighting.
The new 9700 DD is also equipped with active safety systems such as electronically controlled brakes, electronic stability system and an anti-skid system. The driver also benefits from Driver Alert Support, Lane Keeping Assistance and Collision Warning with Emergency Braking. “In addition, we have fine-tuned the driving properties and the coach drives steadily and securely owing to a combination of improved suspension and damping allied to an ultralight body. This together with the vehicle’s design makes the coach fuel-efficient too,” explained Niklas.