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For Volvo's low floor double-decker once known as Volvo Olympian, see Volvo B9TL.


The Volvo Olympian was a rear-engine double decker bus built by Volvo in Irvine, Scotlandmarker, United Kingdommarker. It was first built in 1992 and entered production in March 1993, replacing the Leyland Olympian and the Volvo Citybus.

The design was based on its predecessor Leyland Olympian, but the chassis had been modified that only the chassis design and layout remained, the grade of steel for the chassis members was changed, Volvo's standard electrical system was used as well as standard Volvo steering/"Z cam" braking systems. The early Volvo Olympians were offered with Cummins L10 or Volvo TD102KF engine, coupled to Voith DIWA or ZF Ecomat gearbox. From late 1996 only the Volvo D10A-245 Euro II engine with electronic diesel control was offered.

It was available with Alexander R-type, Northern Counties Palatine and East Lancs E Type/Pyoneer bodywork.

The Volvo Olympian remained as popular as the Leyland Olympian in the United Kingdommarker and Irelandmarker. Also, a large number of Olympians had been exported to Hong Kongmarker and Singaporemarker; most of them were air-conditioned.

Production of Volvo Olympian ended in 2000 and concluded a run of over 10,000 Leyland/Volvo Olympian chassis. It had two low-floor successors: the 2-axle Volvo B7TL and the 3-axle Volvo Super Olympian.


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