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 Hong Kong Bus Operators ... KMB
 New Volvo B7RLE/MCV single-deckers - AVC Class
 
In June 2009 Volvo Buses confirmed it had received an order for 100 buses from Kowloon Motor Bus Company Ltd (KMB) in Hong Kong. The order involves 60 double-decker and 40 single-decker 12-metre buses. 

Owing to changing operational routing requirements, KMB has commenced remapping their fleet and the B7RLE single-decker buses have been selected for lower capacity routes. 

The company selected the Volvo B7RLE in which the 7-litre engine meets the Euro V emissions standard, the same norm that will apply in Europe as of this autumn. The bodies will be produced by the MCV company. The buses are air-conditioned and provide space for 35 seated and 43 standing passengers. They are equipped with a ramp at the front door to accommodate passengers in wheelchairs. 

The first vehicles began to arrive in January 2010 but did not enter service until mid April, initially on route 273. They have been allocated the class code of AVC. The last of the batch were registered in August 2010.
 

On 14th December 2011, AVC41 and AVC42 were registered and it is believed these are the first of a further order for thirty such vehicles. The final vehicle of this second order, AVC70, was registered on 22nd May 2012.


 
The following selection of photographs were taken on 29th November 2010.
 
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AVC12
approaching Luen Wo Hui Bus Terminus
AVC35 and AVC23
Luen Wo Hui Bus Terminus
 
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AVC29
approaching (left) and leaving (right) Luen Wo Hui Bus Terminus
 
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AVC3
Sheung Shui
AVC23
Sheung Shui

 
On 7th July 2010, members of the class began to operate on routes 14C and 7M
   
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AVC25 - PG 9293
AVC26 - PG 9400
 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Samuel's Bus

 
June 13th 2010 saw several new vehicles operating routes in the Tsuen Wan district.
   
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AVC16 - PG 2693
AVC17 - PG 3045
 
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 AVC19 - PG 3799
 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Hong Kong Buses Fotopic site

 
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AVC5 captured at Wah Ming Estate bus terminus in Fanling on Saturday 17th April 2010
 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Alan Wong

 
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AVC5 is pictured here alongside a Dennis Lance, the class these new buses will replace.
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jason Thornhill

 
AVC1 - PE5313 AVC2 - PE5856 AVC3 - PE5042 AVC4 - PE5293
AVC5 - PE6405 AVC6 - PE7179 AVC7 - PE7937 AVC8 - PE8808
AVC9 - PE8847 AVC10 - PE9416 AVC11 - PF2531 AVC12 - PF3320
AVC13 - PF6731 AVC14 - PF7166 AVC15 - PF8072 AVC16 - PG2693
AVC17 - PG3045 AVC18 - PG3411 AVC19 - PG3799 AVC20 - PG8529
AVC21 - PG8628 AVC22 - PG9531 AVC23 - PG9786 AVC24 - PH462
AVC25 - PG9293 AVC26 - PG9400 AVC27 - PH381 AVC28 - PH6832
AVC29 - PH7696 AVC30 - PH8029 AVC31 - PH8276 AVC32 - PJ6977
AVC33 - PJ7262 AVC34 - PJ7430 AVC35 - PJ7732 AVC36 - PJ7919
AVC37 - PJ8272 AVC38 - PJ8709 AVC39 - PJ9701 AVC40 - PK406
AVC41 - RD7861 AVC42 - RD7996 AVC43 - RF4701AVC44 - RF5159
AVC45 - RF5190AVC46 - RF5364AVC47 - RF6781AVC48 - RF8411
AVC49 - RG2858AVC50 - RG2991AVC51 - RG4538 AVC52 - RG4644
AVC53 - RG5117AVC54 - RG6339AVC55 - RG6831AVC56 - RG7354
AVC57 - RH3664AVC58 - RH4300AVC59 - RH4394AVC60 - RH9265
AVC61 - RJ246AVC62 - RJ1069AVC63 - RK2570AVC64 - RK3447
AVC65 - RK4319AVC66 - RK4220 AVC67 - RK4247 AVC68 - RK3246
AVC69 - RK4303AVC70 - RK6361   
   

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