Pikes Coaches makes it Volvo with new B11R Euro 6

Andover based coach and bus operator Pikes Coaches has taken delivery of its first ever new vehicle in the form of a Volvo B11R Euro 6.
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The company, which boasts a 10 strong fleet, is an exisiting Volvo Bus customer having previously purchased vehicles from the quality used bus division.

Rob Pike, Director for family owned and operated Pikes Coaches, said: “We’re excited to be taking delivery of our new coach and to having our first Volvo B11R as the latest addition to our fleet.  Our previous Volvo vehicles were B9Rs which have given us very good service, but we’re really looking forward to the fuel economy savings that the new B11R Euro 6 will deliver for us. This is important for our business and was one of the key reasons for selecting this model.

“We also value the excellent aftersales support we receive from MC Truck & Bus in Southampton, with whom we have a very good relationship and use for all our external service requirements.  One of the benefits of working with them is that they only provide genuine Volvo spare parts as and when they are required for installation on our vehicles.”

The new coach has Jonckheere bodywork and 53 passenger seating capacity as well as all the latest high quality internal fixtures and fittings.  It is to be deployed on a wide range of work for Pikes Coaches, including general private hire and contracts as well as duplication services for National Express.

Rob Pike added: “This is an exciting development for our business and it was great to have our Volvo Bus Retail Bus & Coach Sales Manager, Richard Mann, who is always really easy to deal with, guiding us through the whole process from initial specification through to final delivery.”

Richard Mann said: “Pikes Coaches has been a good customer of ours for several years now, having taken a number of used vehicles and it is great that their first new vehicle purchase is one of our latest Volvo B11R Euro 6 coaches.  We’re sure they will be pleased with their new coach and in particular the fuel economy savings it will deliver for their business.”

ENDS

24 March 2016

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Andover coach operator, Pikes Coaches, has taken delivery of a new Volvo B11R Euro 6.

Editors’ notes

Volvo B11R Euro 6 Jonckheere

Model - Volvo B11R Luxury Coach

Body specification - Jonckheere JHV126

Engine - Volvo Euro 6 D11K 380 or 430hp vertical rear engine. Emission levels comply with Euro 6 legislation. Engine emission control uses SCR & EGR technology.

Transmission - Volvo I-Shift 12 speed AMT with integral retarder. Version E. Optional ZF 6AP2000B 6-speed automatic hydraulic transmission (380hp engine only).

Dimensions - Height 3.66 m Width 2.55 m Length 12.57 m

Safety features - Electronic Braking System (EBS) featuring ABS and ASR functions (Antilock and Antislip) and ESP (Electronic Stability Programme).

Fuel tank - 425 litres

Technical standard - European Whole Vehicle Type Approval.

Body construction - Stainless steel structure and paneling with aluminium side lockers and polyester rear locker.

Driver’s seat - Fully adjustable Isringhausen 6860/875 with armrests, 3 point belt, air suspension and integrated microphone.

Courier seat - Fainsa GALA with 3 point belt with armrests.

Passenger seats - 53 reclining Fainsa GALA seats with 3 point seat belts, leather headrest inserts, cupholders and footrests.

Luggage capacity - 9 m3 approx

Glazing - Bonded tinted double glazing, side and rear.

Air conditioning - Roof Mounted Thermo King Athenia S805 with X340 compressor and separate outlet for driver.

Heating & Ventilation - 2 pipe system with additional radiator in staircase.

Audio/Visual - Bosch Professional Line DVD Radio & CD player, Bosch 19” front and middle flat screen LCD monitors. Driver’s mic incorporated into seat and courier mic into dashboard.

Additional features - Full draw side curtains, Shades centre sunken demountable freshwater toilet, hot drinks machine, dash mounted 60 litre fridge, integrated dash mounted fold away courier table, lockable storage compartments, heated and electrically operated exterior mirrors, electric full height driver’s window, peage window to front entrance door and saloon fully carpeted throughout. Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels, motorized driver’s blind to front windscreen.