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Volgren is an Australian bus bodybuilder.

History

Volgren was formed in 1977 by Melbourne bus operator Grenda Corporation in Dandenong, Victoria.[1] Because Grenda held the Volvo Buses dealership in Victoria, only chassis from this manufacturer were bodied until 1989 when the dealership was relinquished.[2]

The name is a portmanteau of the two original investors, Volvo and Grenda.

In 1981 a plant was established in Acacia Ridge, Queensland by Grenda Corporation, Hornibrook Bus Lines's Geoff Mountjoy, Greyhound Northern and Stateliner. It bodied some Volvo B59 and B10Rs for Hornibrook Bus Lines and Surfside Buslines before concentrating on Twin and Double Deck Volvo B10M coaches.[3][4] This closed in the late 1980s.

In December 2011, Brazilian bus manufacturer Marcopolo acquired a 75% shareholding.<

Volgren is an Australian bus bodybuilder.

History

Volgren was formed in 1977 by Melbourne bus operator Grenda Corporation in Dandenong, Victoria.[1] Because Grenda held the Volvo Buses dealership in Victoria, only chassis from this manufacturer were bodied until 1989 when the dealership was relinquished.[2]

The name is a portmanteauVolgren was formed in 1977 by Melbourne bus operator Grenda Corporation in Dandenong, Victoria.[1] Because Grenda held the Volvo Buses dealership in Victoria, only chassis from this manufacturer were bodied until 1989 when the dealership was relinquished.[2]

The name is a portmanteau of the two original investors, Volvo and Grenda.

In 1981 a plant was established in Acacia Ridge, Queensland by Grenda Corporation, Hornibrook Bus Lines's Geoff Mountjoy, Greyhound Northern and Stateliner. It bodied some Volvo B59 and B10Rs for Hornibrook Bus Lines and Surfside Buslines before concentrating on Twin and Double Deck Volvo B10M coaches.[3][4] This closed in the late 1980s.

In December 2011, Brazilian bus manufacturer Marcopolo acquired a 75% shareholding.[5] In April 2014 this was increased to 100%.portmanteau of the two original investors, Volvo and Grenda.

In 1981 a plant was established in Acacia Ridge, Queensland by Grenda Corporation, Hornibrook Bus Lines's Geoff Mountjoy, Greyhound Northern and Stateliner. It bodied some Volvo B59 and B10Rs for Hornibrook Bus Lines and Surfside Buslines before concentrating on Twin and Double Deck Volvo B10M coaches.[3][4] This closed in the late 1980s.

In December 2011, Brazilian bus manufacturer Marcopolo acquired a 75% shareholding.[5] In April 2014 this was increased to 100%.[6]

Current factories:

  • 1998 McHarry's Buslines Volvo B10M with CR221 body

  • SMRT Buses Mercedes-Benz O405G articulated bus with a Volgren CR221 body

  • SBS Transit Scania L94UB with a Volgren CR221L body

  • SBS Transit CNG powered Volvo B10BLE with Volgren CR222L body, 2006

  • McHarry's Buslines Volvo B10M with CR221 body

  • SMRT Buses Mercedes-Benz O405G articulated bus with a Volgren CR221 body

  • SBS Transit Scania L94UB with a Volgren CR221L body

  • SBS Transit CNG powered Volvo B10BLE with Volgren CR222L body, 2006

  • 1999 SBS Transit Volvo Su

    1999 SBS Transit Volvo Super Olympian in Singapore with Volgren CR222LD body

  • Kowloon Motor Bus MAN 24.310 with Volgren CR223LD

  • Scania L94UB with CR224L bodywork

  • Citybus Scania K94UB with Volgren CR224LD body

  • Transperth Mercedes-Benz O405NH CNG with Volgren CR225L bodywork

  • 2001 Transperth Mercedes-Benz O405NH with Volgren CR226L body

  • Mercedes-Benz O405NH with Volgren CR226L body

  • Transdev Melbourne Scania L94UB with Volgren CR227L body in St Kilda, 2013

  • 2008 Brisbane Transport MAN 18.310 with CR228L body

  • Brisbane Transport MAN 18.310 with CR228L body

  • Transperth Volvo B12BLEA in Volgren CR228L body

  • Transperth Volvo B8RLE with Volgren Optimus body

  • Westrans Scania K113TR with C221TX body

  • References2009 Busabout Wagga Wagga Volvo B7R

    References

    1. ^ Victorian Government Manufacturing Hall of Fame Volgren Australia Pty Ltd – 2006 Inductee Greater Dandenong