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Old 9th January 2013, 18:58   #1
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Default SCOOP! A new Volvo Bus on test in Bangalore

Spotted this bus being driven on the Bellary main road today morning. I let the bus pass me and then realized that this one is on test.

Trailed the bus till Iskcon Temple. A few things I observed with this test mule.

1. The bus seems smaller than the Volvo 8400 running on Bangalore roads.
2. The engine sounded a bit rough or coarse when accelerating from stand still.
3. The bus is not as tall as the Volvo 8400.

Any guesses as to which one is this?

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SCOOP! A new Volvo Bus on test in Bangalore-1.jpg

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These are volvo buses. I did see couple of them, but without camaflouge near Hope farm - NH4 road. It clearly had the volvo logo on front.
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This / these busses are being run for quite some time. Could be electric, from earlier observations.
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This / these busses are being run for quite some time. Could be electric, from earlier observations.
OP says that the engine sounded rough/coarse. So I doubt if it will be electric. The bus in the video also has cooling gills on the left hand side indicating a rear engine vehicle being road tested.
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Been watching this one on the same stretch for quite sometime probably, from a year. Even checked once with the Driver but he did not respond to my questions.
Guessing, if they are checking any different mixture of petrol and ethanol on the Volvo buses ?
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Been watching this one on the same stretch for quite sometime probably, from a year. Even checked once with the Driver but he did not respond to my questions.
Guessing, if they are checking any different mixture of petrol and ethanol on the Volvo buses ?
Not sure what they are testing for a year. However, this one is not petrol, since I saw black smoke from the exhaust after the start up from the first picture.
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. However, this one is not petrol, since I saw black smoke from the exhaust after the start up from the first picture.
Petrol Bus?! BMTC will go bankrupt in a month if they buy these petrol busses!
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I also Spotted New LHD ultra Low Floor Bus near Tata Plant in pune. sorry couldnt click photo from the front. but when you look at the headlights, they are not similar to tata.
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I also Spotted New LHD ultra Low Floor Bus near Tata Plant in pune. sorry couldnt click photo from the front. but when you look at the headlights, they are not similar to tata.
Its a ULE bus. The wheels look like the Mercedes ones - just a guess.
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This is definitely a Volvo. Confirm to have seen this bus emerging from the Volvo factory at Hoskote during my last drive to Kolar in the last week of December. Even the headlight cluster is quite Volvo like.
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Not sure what they are testing for a year. However, this one is not petrol, since I saw black smoke from the exhaust after the start up from the first picture.
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Petrol Bus?! BMTC will go bankrupt in a month if they buy these petrol busses!
Sorry typing error, i meant Diesel and Ethanol mixture.
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This is definitely a Volvo. Confirm to have seen this bus emerging from the Volvo factory at Hoskote during my last drive to Kolar in the last week of December. Even the headlight cluster is quite Volvo like.
(a) The Wipers are the same as Volvo City bus.
(b) The Tail-lamps are the same.

Definitely a Volvo.

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Was on a Bangalore mysore Volvo today and the driver was talking about the test bus. Am assuming it is the same one. He said they are testing one that has an auto box and the engine is slightly modified and engine assist for braking is really good
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This Bus has been in test for quite a long time. I see this on whitelfield road frequently. Yesterday, it was parked in front of Forum Value Mall. Had broken down. The driver was inside having locked all doors and could not ask him anything. There is no difference with the Volvo look wise.
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This could be Volvo's 'value brand' in India, to make it a manufacturing hub for emerging markets.

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We will debut a new global brand for our buses as part of our dual-brand strategy to take up a larger role in the Indian bus market.
"This new value segment brand would cater to the larger segment of passengers in Indian and other emerging markets and start rolling from our Bangalore facility by early 2014."
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...w/18619729.cms
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