First MCV-bodied Project 523 entry-level model handed over as range-topping 9900 generates businessThe first ‘Project 523’, an MCV-bodied Volvo B11R, was handed overVolvo debuted two coaches that are new to the UK market at EBE and it recorded further sales of both during the show.The first MCV-bodied B11R, one of eight for the operator, was handed over to Golden Tours. Currently known as Project 523, the model has been introduced to capitalise on growing demand for a standard-specification, cost-effective coach.Its official name will be announced shortly and Volvo will hold the model in stock at its Coventry sales centre with retail price starting at £215,000.Meanwhile, the hotly-anticipated super-high 9900 made its first public showing in the UK. It was the centrepiece of Volvo’s stand and is aimed at the top of the market. The first will be delivered to a buyer early in 2019.“It’s very exciting to launch two exceptional new coaches at EBE,” says MD Nick Page. “While they are positioned at opposite ends of the market, both have a huge amount to offer customers in terms of operational performance, safety features, aesthetics and passenger comfort.”Also on Volvo’s stand was an unbodied B8L tri-axle double-decker bus chassis. Volvo is working with bodybuilder partners Alexander Dennis, MCV and Wrightbus to deliver a 100-seat product. It will also unveil a zero-emission double-decker in conjunction with MCV in 2020, it has confirmed.
AUSTRALIA: Freightliner Australia announced a 10-year haulage agreement with Xstrata Coal on September 25. Trains will start in late 2010, carrying 10 million tonnes of coal a year between Hunter Valley mines and the port of Newcastle. In July Xstrata Coal signed a 10-year haulage deal with Pacific National which covers the majority of its current coal output, but Freightliner said the latest agreement will enable the miner ‘to effectively manage capacity growth while also managing associated risks.’ The alliance with Freightliner is to be known as X-Rail. Xstrata is procuring locomotives from United Group and wagons from Bradken, which will form three trains each comprising three locomotives and 90 wagons. The Australian subsidiary of UK-based Freightliner Group commenced rail operations in June, carrying cotton and agricultural products to Port Botany in Sydney.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gulf Coast was the talk of college basketball two years ago when its men’s team advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and now the women are just a game away from matching that achievement.Kaneisha Atwater scored 26 points and Whitney Knight added 19 points and 10 rebounds Saturday as the 20th-ranked Eagles won their 26th straight game with a 75-67 victory over Oklahoma State in first-round play of the NCAA tournament Saturday.Atwater hit 10 of 17 shots and also grabbed eight rebounds while Knight was 8 of 20 from the floor.“Kaneisha and Whitney had huge scoring games, but the whole team had to step up,” FGCU coach Karl Smesko said. We had a lot of players step up.”Smesko said the men’s team’s run two years ago has been “fantastic” bringing recognition for the school, located on the outskirts of Fort Myers, in southwest Florida.“We’ve been right on the precipice for a long time,” Smesko said. “We know our next game is going to be against one of the very best teams in the country.”FGCU, which led by 17 at 71-54 with 4:37 left, will meet Florida State in Monday’s second round.Jenna Cobb keyed a late 12-0 run that put the game out of reach for Oklahoma State. She hit a 3 and then a short jumper before setting up another trey by teammate Stephanie Haas.It was a sweet win for the Eagles (31-2) who were eliminated in last year’s first round of the NCAA tournament 61-60 in overtime by Oklahoma State. It was also their first win in three tries at the big dance.“To get the first-round win for the first time is definitely an exciting thing,” Smesko said. “It’s nice to get over the hump. Great to see our kids celebrating.”Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell knew coming in that he had matchup problems, especially with the 6-3 Knight who plays guard, but defends and rebounds furiously as well.“Hard to simulate and prepare for a guard like Knight, who created all kinds of matchup problems,” Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said. “They are better, more seasoned than we are.”Oklahoma State (20-12) was led in scoring by junior guard Roddricka Patton’s career high 23 points. She had scored only 34 points all season entering the game. Patton hit five of eight tries from 3-point distance.“I knew they would leave me open,” Patton said. “I had to knockdown shots to help my team.”Liz Donohoe added 14 points for the Cowgirls, all in the second half.Brittney Martin’s game-high 12 rebounds helped Oklahoma State to a 44-32 advantage on the boards.The Eagles shot 45.2 percent and hit on 34.4 percent from 3-point distance while Oklahoma State shot just 37.1 despite making 8 of 15 from 3-point land.FGCU jumped off to an 11 point lead at 24-13 midway through the first half although Oklahoma State rallied to earn a pair of brief one point advantages late in the half.The Cowgirls closed to within three at 38-35 on a Donohoe jumper with 17:45 remaining, but couldn’t get any closer.TIP-INS:Florida Gulf Coast: The Eagles last loss was nearly four months ago when they lost 90-83 to Ohio State in a double overtime game Nov. 29 at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. Only UConn and Princeton have longer winning streaks.Oklahoma State finished with 20 wins in four straight seasons for the first time in its history.RIM SHOTSOklahoma State had previously played four overtime games in NCAA tournament games.FGCU’s Whitney Knight, the Atlantic Sun Coast Conference Player of the Year, is the only player to lead a conference in 3-point shots and blocked shots.LONG DISTANCEFlorida Gulf Coast kept up its pace shooting 3-pointers, making 11 of 32 in Saturday’s win.Oklahoma State was 8-of-15 from beyond the arc.