The interiors of a Corona Skypak city bus plying in Bangalore, India The buses are low-floor, air conditioned and rear engined, but still have one flat level and are not multiple-leveled like the Volvos. The interiors are spacious, airy and bright, the bus seems to be larger than the Volvo 8400s. However when it comes to power and comfort, the Volvo beats the Corona by a mile.
Not one, but two BTMC Volvo 8400s running Banashankari – ITPL 500C service spotted at Marathahalli Bangalore, navigating the narrow arm of broken road from Kalamandir to the Marathahalli bridge with quite discipline, expertly dodging potholes (the road has been repaired now). There is one more 500C following them, a Corona Skypak.
One of BMTC’s stark white Corona “Skypak” low-floor Air Conditioned City Buses running 500C on the Banashankari – BTM – Silk Board – Outer Ring Road – Marathahalli – ITPL route. The model of the bus is called “Skypak” (nothing to do with the cheque dropbox company). These buses are sturdy, look reasonably good (except for the headlights) and are very spacious inside with a uniform floor and a large standing area with no “Split levels” like the Volvos. But the buses are seriously underpowered, slow and are noisy inside. I would rather take a Volvo which is faster, more comfortable and silent. Also, they look better
These buses are manufactured by the not-so-well-known Corona Bus Manufacturers Pvt. Ltd, (website) a fully Indian company based out of Lonikhand near Pune, Maharashtra. Tata Cummins engines are used for the buses. Corona has three more models of buses including intercity coaches and sleeper buses. The Sleepers are also used by KSRTC