Volvo’s premium integrated B11R 9900 coach has been named Irish Coach of the Year for 2020 in an awards scheme run by leading Irish publication Fleet Bus & Coach. Three coach manufacturers were shortlisted for the award category which saw Volvo win the top prize.
Volvo launched the 9900 as the successor to its previous flagship coach, the 9700, which also enjoyed success in the awards scheme, having won in 2014 and 2016.
The judges said Volvo had taken the best from the 9700 and used that as a foundation to “build a coach for the discerning operator”. They were impressed with a number of features of the 9900, including the Volvo Dynamic steering technology, improved vision, geo-fencing capability,passenger comfort and the aerodynamic design. Praise was also given to the improved driver’s area and passenger entrance aspects of the coach.
Diarmaid Thompson, Volvo retail bus & coach sales manager for Ireland, says: “We are honoured to have received this award for the 9900. We see this as a true demonstration of how we continue to develop and improve all of the features and benefits of our coaches to provide the safest, most comfortable ride for passengers and operational excellence for operators.
“Since its launch into the UK and Ireland market in late 2018, the 9900 has been received very well with operators, drivers and passengers alike and this accolade highlights the success the vehicle has enjoyed so far. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our development and manufacturing teams.
“The Irish market is very important for Volvo Buses historically with the 9700 widely used by operators throughout the country, particularly with the Irish tourism sector.”