Volvo's bus arm has received an order from the Australian state of New South Wales for 60 bus chassis in a deal worth SEK123.4 million, according to an edited press release distributed through Dow Jones.

The buses will operate as part of Sydney's public transport system and the first chassis was delivered for bodybuilding in September, with delivery of all 60 buses estimated to be completed by October 2004.

Volvo received the order in a public procurement tender for the State Transit Authority in New South Wales and the order is the second from the STA to Volvo in a short space of time - at the end of 2002 the authority ordered 30 bus chassis which are in service in the city of Newcastle.

The 60 buses for Sydney and the 30 delivered to Newcastle are all based on Volvo's B12BLE chassis - low-entry buses that offer passengers very good comfort. Volvo's 12-litre DH12D engine fulfills the environmental requirements of Euro 3.

The chassis in the latest order for Sydney are being fitted with bodies by local company Custom Coaches.