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New: VDL Citea MLE

The Citea MLE (Midi Low Entry) is a new model within the Citea family. The Citea MLE is intended for the European public transport segment comprising midibuses with lengths of 8.8 to 10.8 metres. With the addition of the Citea MLE to the Citea range, VDL Bus & Coach offers a comprehensive range of city and regional buses. From small for city centres and sparsely populated areas to large for busy lines. From super-economical diesel versions to zero emission electric buses. The wide range of available powertrains, lengths and doors, in numerous combinations, allow the vehicle to be tailored to meet the requirements of every transport operator.

Expansion of Citea range
With the Citea MLE, VDL Bus & Coach is specifically focusing on the segment comprising midibuses for public transport with a product that offers many possibilities. Due to its compact size, the Citea MLE is superbly suited for cities as well as for lines with lower passenger volume. This enables transport operators to utilize their fleet in the most profitable way possible.
The Citea MLE was created in partnership with Wrightbus, which will build the complete midibus at their plant in Northern Ireland. This is a logical next step in a collaboration that spans more than a decade. During this period VDL Bus & Coach and Wrightbus have successfully completed various projects together. With the arrival of the Citea MLE this cooperation will be intensified even further.
Key features of the Citea range are low weight, better fuel economy and a long life, resulting in maximum Profit of Ownership. The new Citea MLE exemplifies all these qualities.

Citea MLE
The Citea MLE has a width of 2.45 metres. This is 10 cm narrower than the average public transport bus. As such, the Citea MLE is also ideal for use in old city centres. The choice of variants with one or two doors increases the deployment options even further.
During the development of the Citea MLE special attention was paid to the driver's area. This is evident from the latest version of the exceptional VDV dashboard, which is designed to offer the optimal combination of ergonomics, safety, organization and efficiency. The feeling of space that has been created makes the driver feel as though they are driving a 'big' bus. The midibus also has this effect when it comes to the passenger capacity. The Citea MLE-88, for example, can be configured for 30 seated and 32 standing passengers.



Available models
The Citea MLE will be available in four different lengths. The MLE-88 and MLE-95 will be introduced first. These vehicles have lengths of 8.8 and 9.5 metres respectively, with the front door located forward of the first door. These length versions will be followed by the MLE-102 with a length of 10.2 metres and the MLE-108 with a length of 10.8 metres, both of which will have the front axle located directly to the rear of the first door. The efficient powertrain features the new generation Cummins Euro 6 engines. The Cummins ISB4.5 E6 (134 kW – 180 hp) and Voith fully-automatic DIWA.6 gearbox are standard. The Cummins engine with 157 kW (210 hp) is available as an option. The Citea MLE-88 and MLE-95 will be available from the first quarter of 2014. The MLE-102 and MLE-108 will follow in the autumn of 2014.
 

Valkenswaard, October 2013


VDL Bus & Coach bv
Marleen van Zeeland
Communications
+31 (0)40 208 44 14
m.van.zeeland@vdlbuscoach.com

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