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[ABC] Volgren Articulated Buses For Japan

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Re: [ABC] Volgren Articulated Buses For Japan

Postby Tim Williams » Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:03 pm

This is a great effort by Volgren - well done!!
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Re: [ABC] Volgren Articulated Buses For Japan

Postby tonyp » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:39 am

Now all that is needed is for Australian operators to get as up to date as the Japanese and order low floor buses too.
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Re: [ABC] Volgren Articulated Buses For Japan

Postby Campbelltown busboy » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:19 pm

tonyp wrote:Now all that is needed is for Australian operators to get as up to date as the Japanese and order low floor buses too.
I’m not sure about other states but Transport for NSW let’s the contracted operator choose the way their leased buses are built
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Re: [ABC] Volgren Articulated Buses For Japan

Postby gld59 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:11 pm

Campbelltown busboy wrote:let’s the contracted operator choose the way their leased buses are built

Only from a closed list, as far as I know.

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Re: [ABC] Volgren Articulated Buses For Japan

Postby Fleet Lists » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:17 pm

Yes from a closed list as far as chassis and bodies are concerned but final finish details can be left to the operator.
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Re: [ABC] Volgren Articulated Buses For Japan

Postby tonyp » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:44 pm

And the Scania N series and MAN low-floor chassis need to be on that list.

I was thinking of something a little more proactive - like the state transport agencies mandating, with exemption for specific areas/types of operation.

Reasons:
The complete low floor city buses will improve ease of access, increase capacity and better cater to Tokyo’s ageing population.
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Re: [ABC] Volgren Articulated Buses For Japan

Postby Mr OC Benz » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:42 am

While not Japan specifically, and assuming it wasn't wrongly reported, Latrobe Valley Bus Lines have placed an order for eight low floor Euro 6 Volvo B5LH / Volgren, which are also a fully low floor chassis, as opposed to the low entry B5RH's which are all that have been seen in the country so far.

It will be interesting to see photos of the Tokyo units when they are completed.
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Re: [ABC] Volgren Articulated Buses For Japan

Postby Merc1107 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:49 am

tonyp wrote:And the Scania N series and MAN low-floor chassis need to be on that list.

I guess it is up to Scania and MAN (or others) to make a competitive deal when fleet replacement tenders (correct terminology?) go out. Seems as though the cheap vehicles get picked (complete with shoddy workmanship), rather than vehicles best-suited to the task.
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Re: [ABC] Volgren Articulated Buses For Japan

Postby tonyp » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:41 pm

Mr OC Benz wrote:While not Japan specifically, and assuming it wasn't wrongly reported, Latrobe Valley Bus Lines have placed an order for eight low floor Euro 6 Volvo B5LH / Volgren, which are also a fully low floor chassis, as opposed to the low entry B5RH's which are all that have been seen in the country so far.

It will be interesting to see photos of the Tokyo units when they are completed.

Yes, it will be interesting to see interior photos of the Latrobe Valley ones too. Volvo isn't big in the low floor market so its interesting to see them in the RHD market. Also Volgren is building up good solid experience in low floor format so they'll have a head start when the market for them takes off.
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