Volvo Buses has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Spanish Sunsundegui, for the production of bodies under license for the Volvo 9700 and Volvo 9900. Production is expected to start in 2024, deliveries in 2025. Earlier Volvo Buses announced that it will stop bus and coach production and instead focus on the production of chassis.
The intended partnership with Sunsundegui follows a LOI recently signed with MCV, which will produce bodies for Volvo Buses’ electric city and intercity buses for the European market. Bodies for Volvo's double decker coach 9700 DD will continue to be produced by Carrus Delta in Finland. Chassis production will remain at Volvo Buses’ plants in Borås and Uddevalla, Sweden. Sunsundegui is located in Alsasua, Navarra, Spain and has a customer base across the EU, UK and the Middle East. “Sunsundegui is already a valued partner and in our experience a very professional company with excellent capabilities,” says Dan Pettersson, SVP, Volvo Buses. “It has the capacity to meet requirements and demands in many European markets, and its bodies are highly appreciated.” Sunsundegui has delivered bodies, primarily built on Volvo Buses chassis, for premium coaches
for multiple customers across Europe. “We are looking forward to the partnership with Volvo Buses. Sharing their commitment to providing sustainable, safe and efficient coach travel creates a solid ground for a successful partnership,” says Jose Ignacio Murillo, CEO at Sunsundegui. “Along with our partnership with MCV, working together with Sunsundegui will support us to develop a complete offer for premium coaches, city and intercity buses for our customers in Europe,” says Dan Pettersson. Volvo Buses underlines that under the new business model in Europe, Volvo Buses will remain as the customer interface and continue to provide uptime services and spare parts, both for upcoming new offers and for customers that already have Volvo buses in their fleet today.