Volvo Buses has received an order from Shanghai, China, for 137 city buses.

The order was placed by Volvo Buses' largest customer in China, the Bashi Group, the biggest city bus operator in Shanghai with a fleet of around 1,200 Volvo buses, most operating on inner city routes.

The order includes 100 modernised Volvo B7R Mk II chassis for the first time. One of the many new features on the chassis is all-round disk brakes and itt is now also simpler for passengers to get on and off the bus as the step onto the bus has been lowered from 725 mm to 600 mm. This has helped the buses being classed as 'high grade', the highest for city buses in China.

Many of the chassis' components are supplied to China from Volvo Buses' factory in Boras, Sweden, but the chassis are assembled at Volvo Buses' joint-venture with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, Sunwin Bus in Shanghai which also produces the bodies. Delivery of the 137 buses is starting now and will continue during the first quarter of 2005.