310 chassis sold to JCA Group, to be delivered at the end of May
BRAZIL Volvo Buses has sold 310 coach chassis to the JCA Group, one of Brazil’s largest passenger transport companies. This is the biggest deal closed to date in Brazil by Volvo in the coach chassis segment.
“This is the largest deal in the coach and bus area and is also one more step in the dedicated partnership we have with the JCA Group. This sale puts more responsibility on us in consolidating it,” said Luis Carlos Pimenta, President of Volvo Bus Latin America.
The buses, which will be delivered in May this year, are all the B340R model, version 4×2, with 340bhp engines. Their duties include interstate and intrastate medium and short distance routes, as well as in charter operations. Marcopolo has been selected to body them.
Three JCA Group companies are to share the new intake: 180 vehicles are for Auto Viação 1001, 100 units for Opção Turismo and 30 for Catarinense.
“This model is ideal for the type of transportation being performed by JCA Group companies. We already have chassis in the fleet being evaluated and developed for excellent performance. This vehicle stands out for fuel economy and, in particular, for safety.” explained José Luis Gonçalves, Manager of Volvo Bus Latin America coach line.
The B340R is factory equipped with the intelligent ABS/EBS brake system, which increases braking performance and prevents the vehicle from skidding, and with the Volvo 390 hp engine brake, which ensures increased safety on downhill stretches. Another differential of this vehicle is the renowned I-Shift gearbox, which reduces fuel consumption by up to 5%, as well as driving vehicle safety.
Gonçalves added: “In addition to having the market’s best operating cost, the B340R features the leading edge in onboard vehicle technology for safety, comfort and operational efficiency. These are all essential values for the JCA Group practiced in its daily activities and which are confirmed in the Volvo fleet, acquired with all the optional items and technology available on the market for the purpose of ensuring these points.”
In order to ensure even more safety for transports, the JCA Group’s vehicles are also equipped with ESP