Volvo Press Release
The first Volvo B11R that was ever ordered in the UK and Ireland is now in active service with Northern Irish operator McDermott Coach Hire.
Following the vehicle’s introduction at Euro Bus Expo in 2012, McDermott Coach Hire showed an immediate interest in the new chassis and were quick to secure an order. The vehicle was delivered earlier this year and is now in full service.
“We have six large coaches in our fleet and all of them are Volvos,” explained McDermott Coach Hire’s Owner Adrian McDermott. “We know, like and trust the Volvo brand. The opportunity arose last year to order the new Volvo B11R, after viewing the specifications of the new vehicle, I ordered one straight away. They tell me it was the first B11R ever ordered in the UK and Ireland, which is obviously a great privilege.”
Already in service, the new B11R coach is being used on a variety of McDermott Coach Hire’s work, including private hire. With a busy schedule of work ahead, it was important to McDermott’s to have vehicle that they felt would be reliable, with strong back-up and support. “We have Dennison Commercials as our local Volvo dealership,” continued Adrian McDermott. “It is important that every eventuality is covered and with Volvo it is.”
“The promised fuel economy of the new B11R was one the major contributing factors in us specifying that particular vehicle and it hasn’t disappointed us so far. We look forward to monitoring its continued progress over the coming months and years.”
McDermott Coach Hire’s new B11R is specified with Alcoa Durabright alloy wheels, it has 53 passenger seats, two internal TVs, DVD player, sound system, centre toilet, air conditioning and a rear servery with fridge.
It is equipped with the fuel efficient Volvo D11C six cylinder diesel engine. First-class driveability and exceptional torque also ensure that the vehicle runs smoothly and effectively on the road.
“Safety and fuel economy are obviously key priorities for us as a business,” continued Adrian McDermott, “however, we also look for a vehicle that is comfortable for both passengers and the driver – you certainly get that with the Volvo B11R.
“I’d also particularly like to thank Volvo Bus Sales Manager, Duncan Crosby for his hard work during the purchasing and delivery process,” he concluded.