The thousandth bus, a Volvo B7RLE, is a low entry bus. That means that passengers in wheelchairs can get aboard without difficulty.
Sunwin Bus has worked closely with the Bashi Group since 2001. Sunwin has delivered the Volvo B7R bus to the Bashi Group previously. The recent deal for 30 B7RLEs means that the first low-entry Volvo buses have now reached the Chinese market.
“Public transport has developed very quickly in Shanghai in recent years, explains Finn Adolfsson. The premium routes within the city centre now feature a large proportion of Volvo buses.
Volvo Buses has been active in Shanghai since 2000, when the company formed Sunwin Bus Corporation in association with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC). Volvo Buses owns 50 per cent and SAIC 50 per cent of the company.
Volvo Buses started production in China in the early 1990s. In 2003 its turnover of USD 94 million made it the largest Volvo company in China. Last year around 1,000 Volvo buses were sold in China through the joint venture companies, Sunwin Bus and Xian Silver Bus. While Sunwin Bus specialises in city buses, Silver Bus makes long-distances coaches. Figures for sales in China exclude Hong Kong and Taiwan.
March 30, 2004
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