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Volvo Group introduces India’s First UD buses

Global commercial vehicle Volvo played a critical purpose in Indian market by taking a vital step to introduce UD Buses (ultimate dependability) range of buses for market expansions. The UD bus brand will take Volvo Group to a next level and improve their customer base and competitiveness. This will include both city buses and coaches.

The UD bus range is developed by leveraging the Volvo Groups engineering networks along with its Japanese craftsmanship to provide services and parts to enhance its passengers by providing solutions.

President and CEO of Volvo Group explained, “By introducing a new bus range, we are offering growth market customers a product that had been developed to meet their specific needs. Just as we have done on the truck side of our business, we are positioning our buses according to customer segments in order to cover as much of the total accessible market as possible”

SRS Travels introduces Scania Buses

SRS Travels has been in the private transport sector for over 4 decades now with extensive operations in the areas of Employee Transportation, Tourist Transportation, Intercity Night Service, Package tours and Logistics/Cargo Movement. Recognized by Department of Tourism Government of Karnataka, and Government of India, SRS offers state of the art travel options with world class facilities with offices across India.

SRS as an organization has developed and maintained a base of loyal customers or clients. As a customer-driven organization SRS recognizes customer service and product quality as foundations of competitive advantage. Customer service is a core ingredient of total quality operations, and it includes concerns for both internal and external customers.

With a strong in-built Organizational culture, SRS Travels establishes a personality for the organization as a whole and has a strong influence on the behavior of members. The core culture consists of the shared values that underlie the organization. All staff members behave with shared understandings that support accomplishment of important organizational objectives with a special focus on customers and building accountability to the loyalty entrusted with them.

SRS has traveled a long way in the journey to success and today commands a fleet of nearly 5000 vehicles operating on 24/7 basis. They have recently introduced Scania Buses into their collection of ultra-modern fleets. Scania buses and coaches are renowned for their outstanding operating economy. Each component is engineered to heighten the performance of the vehicle and set world-class standards for fuel economy, drive-ability, Road handling, reliability and up-time.

 

Road Transport in India

The bus industry in India started with a focus on public transport, especially to cater to the common man. There were quality issues, but no one really cared. A comfortable journey that reduces travel time by a few hours was what Volvo bus operators offered to justify the premium fares, and people bought into it. The rest is history.

Many state transport undertakings have also acquired a fleet of fancy coaches, catering to the burgeoning demand from passengers, most of who do not mind paying a premium for travelling in relative comfort.

With demand from passengers soaring, transport operators are also placing orders worth millions of dollars, acquiring hundreds of modern new coaches. Consequently, the coach-building business in India is on the fast lane, and has started luring in major international players.

Between 1990 and 2002, there has been a significant increase in the bus fares without any prominent improvement in the monetary condition of the bus operators. This illustrates the genuine problems and difficulties of the bus operators to meet the requirements and legitimate expectations of the passengers. It is inevitable that bus transport services need immense improvements.

As the urban population is going to double in 25 years – about 600 million people by 2040 – the urban transport market will grow and could attract more investment. Growing environmental concerns and easy availability of information technology will fuel this growth. So demand for good quality buses will grow. Most Indian cities will not be able to meet mobility demand without state-of-the art bus transport. The country requires about 5,000 more buses a year. It is up to the government and the mobility service providers, and not just vehicle manufacturers, to create a financially viable market.