Volvo signs bodywork agreement with MCV

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Volvo Buses President Anna Westerberg and MCV President Karim Ghabbour. VOLVO BUSES


Volvo Buses has signed an agreement with MCV for the manufacture of bodies for the Volvo 7900 Electric single-deck and articulated buses, and later for an electric inter-city bus, in Europe. Production is expected to start in 2024 and the first electric buses with chassis from Volvo and bodies from MCV will be on the market in 2025.

The agreement is the next step in Volvo Buses’ new business model in Europe, following on from letters of intent with MCV for the manufacture of bodies and with Sunsundegui for coaches. “By completing the agreement with MCV, they can now manufacture our bodies so that we can offer customers in Europe a complete range of Volvo’s city and intercity buses in the premium segment. MCV is a perfect partner with the skills and capacity to meet the high demands of our European customers,” said Dan Pettersson, Senior Vice President at Volvo Buses.

Volvo says that customers should be able to place orders in the last quarter of 2023, with the first deliveries in the first quarter of 2025. “Our business model means that we have close collaboration with some of the world’s leading bodybuilders, which allows us to combine our expertise in each area. It improves our ability to develop and adapt solutions to meet customers’ needs now and into the future,” added Dan.

As in the UK, Volvo Buses will continue to be the point of contact for customers regarding spare parts and services, both for new offers and for customers who already have Volvo buses in their fleet.