Bus News Features — 30 January 2017

Volgren has delivered its milestone 100th Marcopolo Audace with Nowra based Kennedy’s Bus and Coach taking possession of its newest bus last month.

First brought to Australia in December 2013, the Audace is imported from parent company Marcopolo as Volgren’s 12.3m school and charter bus offering for regional and rural markets.

CEO of Volgren, Peter Dale believes safety, style and comfort are the main drivers of the Audace’s increasing popularity.

“The Marcopolo Audace is a great example of a quality import, built on a top-class European chassis, backed by Volgren’s after-sale service and support,” he said.

“For quality operators like Kennedy’s who have been in the business for more than 80 years, the Audace really delivers the flexibility to conduct a range of services and it’s been test-proofed in a range of conditions.”

Kennedy’s Bus and Coach has serviced the Nowra and greater Shoalhaven, Southern Highlands & Illawarra since 1935.

According to John Kennedy, price and reliability drove his family business to the Audace initially. The new model is the second Marcopolo purchase in two years.

“We’re in the process of replacing some of our older buses and the Audace made sense from a price perspective and it’s proven to be the perfect bus servicing our school and special charter market,” Kennedy said.

“We use our fleet for a range of purposes; trips to the snow, school charter and excursions, tours and special charter to Sydney for sporting events, so to have a quality bus that looks great, performs well and is highly versatile is critical to our business,” he added.

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