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Old 30th May 2012, 01:18   #1756
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What are the gear levels mentioned ? Is it P N A M or R N A M. And while I guess P or N could refer to Park or Reverse, what does A and M correspond to ?
Automatic mode and Manual shifting mode?
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I had spotted a iShift Automatic Volvo bus last evening at Madiwala. It didnt belong to SRM travels.
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What are the gear levels mentioned ? Is it P N A M or R N A M. And while I guess P or N could refer to Park or Reverse, what does A and M correspond to ?
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Automatic mode and Manual shifting mode?
R= Reverse
N=Neutral
A=Automatic
M=Manual

E=Economy
P= Performance

IIRC, remember reading about Volvo trucks which have a one step further P+ which means extra performance.E is usually engaged when driving constant speeds over large intervals of time and the P is engaged during ghat climbs/hilly terrain drives.The + and - buttons are used to override the Ishift ops and is used to suddenly reduce or increase the rpm
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I think I-Shift can fill the fuel efficiency gap between Volvo and Merc to some extent.

Let us see how many operators prefer to run on P mode
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M=Manual
But I don't see a gear stick for this mode. Or does it have the pedal shift like F1?
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But I don't see a gear stick for this mode. Or does it have the pedal shift like F1?
I guess it comes with a pedal shift as there are no clutch pedals on this.
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I-shift allows the vehicle to select the appropriate gear depending on the vehicle load and other parameters. Below are the pictures from the i-shift manual and this should clear the doubts.

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I had spotted a iShift Automatic Volvo bus last evening at Madiwala. It didnt belong to SRM travels.
KPN, Sharma and National too have launched iShift buses.

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I guess it comes with a pedal shift as there are no clutch pedals on this.
For the manual gear change, there is a "="/"-" button on the right side of the gear knob (a small grey coloured button can be seen in the image).
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Guys, just wanted to know about your toughts and reviews about Volvo Multi Axle Sleepers(2+1) if introduced in Kerala sector. (BKR-TVM, BLR-EKM.)
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Guys, just wanted to know about your toughts and reviews about Volvo Multi Axle Sleepers(2+1) if introduced in Kerala sector. (BKR-TVM, BLR-EKM.)

It will be good a option for frequent travelers.

We all know that Volvo is in the Indian market for 10 yrs. They have revolutionized the intercity travel and is now synonymous for travel comfort. Recently , Mbenz tried to compete with volvo in the market and I feel , they are not able to make an impact.

Do you all feel whether volvo can expect stiff competition from Benz or any other manufactures in the future.

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Guys, just wanted to know about your toughts and reviews about Volvo Multi Axle Sleepers(2+1) if introduced in Kerala sector. (BKR-TVM, BLR-EKM.)
I have never travelled on the sectors that you have mentioned but travelled Mum-Goa on a Volvo Multi Axle sleeper.
Because of the twisting nature on NH 17 and the ghats en-route, the bus swayed a lot especially folks sleeping in the top berths felt it more and this lead to a lot of people vomitting
This might be bcos of the tall stature of Volvo bus.

If BLR-TVM or EKM is a relatively straight road like MUM-BLR then I feel it would not be an issue.

Just my $0.02

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We all know that Volvo is in the Indian market for 10 yrs. They have revolutionized the intercity travel and is now synonymous for travel comfort. Recently , Mbenz tried to compete with volvo in the market and I feel , they are not able to make an impact.

Do you all feel whether volvo can expect stiff competition from Benz or any other manufactures in the future.
Of course.

Mercedes Benz is already into the inter-city bus market and their buses are quite common now. MBenz buses haven't yet been proven to be better than Volvo; probably that's why they haven't made that "impact" yet. But, you see tons of them on the road.

Corona operates luxury a/c buses but most of theirs are sleeper coaches so not exactly a direct competition to Volvo.

SRS Travels runs only Tata Marco Polo A/c buses which are like a poor man's goat.

So, plenty competition there.
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Of course.

Mercedes Benz is already into the inter-city bus market and their buses are quite common now. MBenz buses haven't yet been proven to be better than Volvo; probably that's why they haven't made that "impact" yet. But, you see tons of them on the road.

Corona operates luxury a/c buses but most of theirs are sleeper coaches so not exactly a direct competition to Volvo.

SRS Travels runs only Tata Marco Polo A/c buses which are like a poor man's goat.

So, plenty competition there.
Apart from MB, there is no manufactres with prodcuts which can compete with B7R or B9R. Even MB is not able to compete with Volvo and is clearly shown in the fleets owned by Kallada,Shama,Sharma,Bharati etc.

Is there any plan by Tata or AL to compete with B7R or B9R ?

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The well known KTC group based in Calicut, joins the Volvo league with 2 brand new B9R i-shifts. It seems, KTC has some aggressive plans for the passenger intercity transport segment in Kerala. KTC has become the first Kerala based operator to have an i-shift, meanwhile, SRM had already registered two buses with Trivandrum RTO. Surprisingly, KTC may be among the first to get 9100!
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Is there any plan by Tata or AL to compete with B7R or B9R ?
Can't remember where, but I've read that AL has plans to revive its Luxura bus, based on the Irizar InterCentury coach.

TM has already unveiled Paradiso G7, a multi-axle bus, in the recently concluded Auto Expo 2012.

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SRS Travels runs only Tata Marco Polo A/c buses which are like a poor man's goat.
SRS also has Volvo multi-axle buses. They use it in Bangalore-Mumbai route, I guess. Not sure about it though. I have seen one or two of them in Bangalore.

It's not Tata Marcopolo, but Tata-Hispano Divo. I wouldn't even compare it with Volvo, or for that matter any front-engined AC bus. Had just one experience, and that was enough to deter me from travelling in it again.
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