The units will be used to transport oil company employees in the city of Doha.
Volare, a specialist manufacturer of five to 10 tonne passenger transport vehicles, has signed a contract to export 19 Volare Fly 9 Executive mini-buses equipped with Allison T 2100 fully automatic transmissions, to Qatar. The customer is MBM Transport, one of the country’s main charter passenger transport operators, which will use the vehicles to transport employees of the Qatargas oil company.
This new deal consolidates the presence of the Volare brand, which is owned by Brazilian bus and coach manufacturer Marcopolo, in the Middle East. Volare’s exports grew in 2018, resulting in increased market share in regions such as Middle East, Asia, and Africa.
Volare presented the new Fly 9 model at the BrasilFret 2018 exhibition last September, when the company celebrated its 20th anniversary. The 9,200 kg, 33-seater Volare Fly 9 Executive is mounted on an Agrale 10.160 chassis and is powered by a Cummins ISF 3.8-litre engine.
The new Volare Fly 9 Executive boasts retractable three-point seat belts, air conditioning system and various interior comfort features such as wood-clad flooring, partition walls, curtains, wider package carriers and luggage compartments and an audio and video system. The vehicles also meet the strict international safety standard R66.
According to Rodrigo Bisi, Volare’s export manager, the brand has an excellent reputation because of its products’ high-quality finishing and robustness. “Among the most important features to make the new Volare buses attractive to the Middle East market is the use of Allison automatic transmissions, which assure more comfort, safety and driving smoothness.”
The Volare Fly 9 Executives’ Allison transmissions feature Allison’s FuelSense® 2.0 technology, which typically improves fuel economy by up to 6%. FuelSense 2.0 uses the DynActive Shifting system that provides an infinitely variable combination of gearshift points. FuelSense 2.0 uses a real-time learning algorithm that determines the optimal balance between fuel economy and performance.
Another advantage of the Allison fully automatic transmission is the presence of the torque converter, which gently multiplies engine power during starts and accelerations, providing greater protection for the vehicle’s powertrain against any leaps and vibrations. The drive also ensures gear changes without power interruption, increasing the operation’s average speed, productivity and driver comfort.
Image – The Volare Fly 9 Executive min-buses are equipped with Allison T 2100 six-speed automatic transmissions.
Image – According to Rodrigo Bisi, Volare’s export manager, “Among the most important features to make the new Volare buses attractive to the Middle East market is the use of Allison automatic transmissions, which assure more comfort, safety and driving smoothness”.
About Allison Transmission
Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA and employs approximately 2,900 people worldwide. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit allisontransmission.com.