富豪超級奧林比安 Volvo Super Olympian

編號 Class:ASV

當丹尼士成功推出三叉戟低地台巴士後,富豪車廠隨即也開發一款全新低地台巴士底盤,以取代奧林比安,延續在市場上之領導地位。終於在一九九八年,富豪正式宣佈,推出一款全新低地台巴士底盤,雖然其設計跟原先之奧林比安有著很大之差異,但它卻被冠上超級奧林比安之名稱,也許是富豪車廠希望繼續利用奧林比安這名字,協助取得一向使用奧林比安之用家之訂單。

九巴先於九九年投放首批共六十一輛(包括樣板車)十二米超級奧林比安於載客行列上,隨後之時間內,九巴不斷引進十二米型號時,也向富豪訂購首批四十九架十點六米版超級奧林比安。該批短超豪跟十二米大哥之分別不單在於長度上之分野,在設計上及來源地也有差異,首先其水箱位置被重新編配到中軸之前位置,而且所有底盤都是在歐洲波蘭製造。跟十二米版本一樣,全數短超豪都是配上由亞歷山大提供的ALX500車身,而該批短超豪也成為首款九巴配用亞歷山大車身之短車身低地台巴士。

四十九輛新巴士全數於二零零一年三月至五月投入服務,初投入服務時多見於行走天水圍及元朗區路線,及後由於新一批丹尼士三叉戟十點六米巴士投入服務,大部份短超豪也被調派到市區路線服務。二零零二年中,一輛被用作樣板巴士之短超豪被九巴購入,而這架樣板巴士不僅應該是全球首輛短陣版超級奧林比安,更可能是整個超級奧林比安車系中,第一架出產之超級奧林比安,這架超級奧林比安樣板巴士於二零零二年十一月投入服務,先後服務於2C及264M線,目前則被安排行走34路線。九巴已於二零零二年尾至二零零三年,再度加訂為數五十架配用歐三引擎的十點六米版超級奧林比安底盤,當中二十四架新車已於二零零三首季開始投入服務,餘下二十六架亦於二零零四年第三季開始投入服務。

目前,於九巴服務網絡十分容易找到超級奧林比安十點六米蹤影,它們主要行走於2B,5C,7B,8,8A,10,15A,21,34,46,94,95M,103,203E,234X, 261,284及299等路線。

After Dennis had introduced the low-floor design Trident successfully, Volvo then developed a new bus model to replace the popular Olympian so as to continue it leading role in the bus market. In 1998, Volvo announced that a newly designed low floor bus model, Super Olympian was introduced, although the design of this model has distinct differences between the Olympian. It may be believed that Volvo hoped the name of Olympian can help to gain the order from operators which using Olympian.

KMB first released 61 (including the prototype) Super Olympian 12m in Sept. 1999. In 2001, KMB ordered first batch of 49 Super Olympian 10.6m. The differences between the Baby Super Olympian and the 12m version not only in the length, but also the design of the chassis and the origin. The radiator of the Baby Super Olympian is located at the front of the second axle and all of them were made in Poland. Like the 12m version, all Baby Super Olympian fitted with ALX500 bodyworks supplied from Walter Alexander. They are the first batch short version super low floor bus fitted with Alexander bodyworks.

All Baby Super Olympians were commenced from Feb, 2002 to May, 2002 and mainly deployed on the routes in Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai. After the introduction of second batch of 10.6m Dennis Trident, most of the Baby Super Olympian then transferred to serve passengers on urban area routes. At the mid of 2002, a Baby Super Olympian which used as demonstrator was purchased by KMB. This may not only the first Baby Super Olympian in the world, but also the first Super Olympian in the world. This Super Olympian demonstrator was entered service in Nov. 2002 and used to serve 2C and 264M, it can be seen on 34 presently. KMB placed an addition order of 50 Euro 3 emission standard Baby Super Olympians. 24 of them entered service since early 2003 while the remaining were entered service since Sept. 2004.

It is very easy to find a Baby Super Olympian on different KMB routes. At present, they are mainly deployed on 2B, 5C, 7B, 8, 8A, 10, 15A, 21, 34, 46, 94, 95M, 103, 203E, 234X, 261, 284 and 299.


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