Volvo has an all-new premium coach for Europe, with daring looks that challenge past perceptions of a manufacturer that seemed sometimes to play it safe and conservative. ALAN MILLAR has been to Gothenburg to see the prototypes at close quarters and learn about what makes it different

The prototype right-hand-drive Volvo 9900 with its signature Z-shaped side mouldings that follow the theatre-style ramped flooring. The headlamps are the same as on the FMX tipper

With the dry ice just beginning to subside to provide his audience with its initial glimpse of the company’s first all-new coach in around 20 years, Volvo Buses president Håkan Agnevall could afford to indulge in some hyperbole about the new 9000 series.

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