VRL Logistics buys 51 Volvo buses

Bengaluru, Jan 15 (IANS) Leading bus service provider VRL Logistics Ltd on Friday announced buying 51 luxury intercity coaches from Swedish transport major Volvo Buses India Ltd at a cost of Rs.61 crore.

“The order includes a mix of 9400 XL and 9400PX multi-axle models, as we also operate on the longest routes (2,146km) connecting Bengaluru to Jaipur,” VRL vice-president Prabhu Salageri said in a statement here.

The 14.5 metre Volvo bus with steerable tag axle is designed to provide maximum comfort to passengers and drivers on long-distance routes.

“Our 9400XL model is the best-selling coach in the country since it was rolled out in 2008. Its 13.7-metre bus also offers great comfort and is preferred by many passengers,” said Volvo Buses India business head V.R.V. Sriprasad.

Volvo has trained about 26,000 bus drivers till date over a decade to ensure passengers’ safe journey and prevent accidents.

As a national logistics and transport major, the 39-year-old VRL (Vijayanad Road Lines) has the largest fleet of commercial vehicles – 4,077, including 3,704 trucks and 373 buses – in the country.

The city-based Volvo’s Indian subsidiary sold 5,400 buses so far to state-run and private operators across the country. It also exports to Saarc region and South Africa from its assembling facility at Hoskote on the city’s outskirts.

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