Volvo Buses has received its largest ever individual order in Australia. The order from the state of New South Wales is for 180 bus chassis and all of the completed buses will operate in Sydney.
 
The order, the third from NSW's State Transit Authority in the three years, is for 100 single bus chassis and 80 articulated buses. An order for 30 bus chassis that are currently operating in Newcastle was received in 2002 while a further 60 chassis were ordered in 2003 and are operating in the Sydney area.

The 180 chassis now on order will be supplied between now and July 2005. To achieve this, Volvo Buses is cooperating with two independent bodybuilders, Custom Coaches of Sydney and Volgren of Melbourne.

The chassis for this order is the low-entry B12BLE. The single buses will seat 63 passengers and the articulated buses will seat 80 passengers. The chassis will be manufactured by Volvo Buses' factory in Boras, Sweden.

Last year Volvo Buses sold 177 chassis in Australia. This gives the company a market share of 27% for buses over 16 tonnes.