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48 VDL Citeas to Veolia Transport Finland

VDL Bus & Coach is to supply 48 Citeas to Veolia Transport Finland. Of these 48 buses, 10 are Citea SLE-129/255 (2-axle) models and 38 are Citea XLE-145/310 (3-axle) models. This is the largest ever order for 3-axle Citeas for the Finnish market. Since January 2012 VDL has sold over 100 Citeas in Finland, thereby considerably increasing market share in Scandinavia. Veolia Transport Finland will deploy the buses on the Helsinki timetable from December 2012. They will operate on the lines between the city centre and the northern parts of the city.

Citeas for Veolia Transport Finland
All Citeas for Veolia are fitted with a DAF Euro 5 engine with EEV (Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicle) technology. Thanks to its light-weight construction, the Citea has a low net weight, resulting in economical fuel consumption and low emissions of harmful gases. During the design phase of the bus, safety and comfort for passengers and the driver were given top priority. The Citea also provides a highly ergonomic and comfortable driver’s area. The Citeas for Veolia have LED interior lighting and high, comfortable seats.

The Citea Low Entry is available in four length variants and consequently provides a wide range of possible transport roles and configuration options. The low-floor construction at the entrance and exits provides optimal accessibility for wheelchair users and passengers with baby buggies. Veolia Transport Finland has opted for two different length variants. The 2-axle Citea SLE-129 is 12.9 metres long and has 40+4+1 seats. The 3-axle Citea XLE-145 is 14.5 metres in length and has 49+4+1 seats.



The harsh climate conditions in Finland, with temperatures between -30 degrees Celsius and +30 degrees Celsius, and the large distances covered mean that the vehicles have to meet stringent requirements. Top-quality service for passengers is also one of Veolia’s focal points. This new VDL fleet can travel 3 million kilometres a year and will carry over 250,000 passengers.

Confirmation
Rémi Henkemans, managing director of VDL Bus & Coach, has this to say about this order: “Following on from the success of the Citea LLE and Citea XLE in Scandinavia, this order, which also includes some Citea SLEs, is a tremendous breakthrough. Our collaboration with Veolia, now also in Finland, means that our market share in Scandinavia has substantially increased. We are proud that VDL public transport buses are becoming more and more popular in an increasing number of countries.”

Veolia Transport Finland
Veolia Transport Finland is one of Finland's largest public transport companies and offers sophisticated and sustainable transport and mobility solutions for cities, towns, local authorities and the private sector. The company operates in the Finnish capital Helsinki and in the west of Finland. Veolia Transport Finland is part of the world's largest private public transport company, Veolia Transdev, which has annual sales of 7.8 billion, employs 102,000 people in 27 countries and makes 3.3 billion journeys a year using 13 different means of transport.

Valkenswaard, June 2012


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

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