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Volvo introduces UD buses

CHENNAI: Global commercial vehicle major Volvo has taken an important strategic step with the introduction of a UD (ultimate dependability) bus range developed specifically for growth markets.

The company made the announcement in Bangalore, where its bus manufacturing unit situated, on Wednesday. India is the first market where UD buses are being introduced. Additional growth markets will follow over the coming years.

The production of UD buses will start in Bangalore this year, and the first batch of buses will reach the customers later this year. Besides serving the domestic Indian market, the UD bus plant in India will also serve as an export hub in future.

"We will introduce a new UD bus range specifically designed for growth markets. The segment targeted has high growth potential. UD buses have had a strong brand presence in Japan and South East Asia in the past. Now we renew and adapt the buses for India and other growth markets," said Akash Passey, senior vice-president, Volvo Group's bus operations, responsible for the international markets, including Asia.

The UD bus brand will expand Volvo Group's customer base, improve competitiveness and capture growth opportunities in India and other growth markets. The bus range will include both city buses and coaches.

The new UD bus range will be developed by leveraging the Volvo Group's global engineering network in combination with its heritage of Japanese craftsmanship and reliability. In India, the new bus range will be supported by the Volvo Group's distribution network, providing service and parts. UD buses will offer passengers a modern transport solution while at the same time focusing on the operational essentials -- fuel efficiency, reliability and optimized uptime.

"By introducing a new bus range, we are offering growth market customers a product that has been developed to meet their specific needs. Just as we have done on the truck side of our business, we are positioning our buses according to customer segments in order to cover as much of the total accessible market as possible," explained Olof Persson, president and CEO of Volvo Group.

Volvo enjoys a formidable presence in the premium coach segment of India. Approximately 5,000 Volvo coaches and city buses are in use in India.

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