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70 new VDL buses for GVB Amsterdam

On Thursday, 14 April 2011, the management of GVB, the public transport company of Amsterdam, and the management of VDL Bus & Coach Nederland bv signed the sales contract for 70 new city buses. The vehicles purchased by the Amsterdam public transport company are VDL Citea city buses with a continuous low floor, equipped with clean EEV diesel engines. This results in a substantial reduction of CO2, NOx, NMHC and fine particulate emissions. The first buses will arrive in Amsterdam in July.

Continuous development
GVB continuously strives to improve the quality of its service and further develop its products. So in the tender process for new equipment they were not just looking for a good balance between the kilometre price and the quality but also at the technical possibilities and compatibility with the public transport network in the capital city. VDL was chosen as the best all-round partner for the collaboration.

Citea SLF-120
The Citea SLF (Low Floor), with its completely flat floor, is the ideal city bus. This low floor construction makes it exceptionally easy to enter the bus and offers optimal access, for travellers with a baby buggy or wheelchair for example. This Citea bus is 12 metres long and has 3 entry doors. In total, the vehicles have 31 passenger seats, around 60 standing places and 1 wheelchair space. During the design of this bus, the highest priority was placed on the safety and comfort of the traveller and driver. The Citea also provides a very ergonomic and comfortable driver’s area.

With the Citea line, VDL offers a comprehensive range of city and regional buses. The Low Floor version in this range has won the prestigious international ‘Bus of the Year 2011’ prize. During the ‘Bus Euro Test 2010’ in the Romanian capital Bucharest, the Dutch city bus scored better than the strong international competitors. The members of the jury focussed particularly on the practical usability, the finish, the concept and the efficiency of the participating vehicles.

Buses in scheduled service
The first buses will arrive in Amsterdam at the end of July, and they will be put in scheduled service at the beginning of August. The remaining 60 buses will be put in regular service in the months thereafter.

GVB
GVB is the public transport company of Amsterdam and serves around 800,000 travellers per day who make use of the metro, tram, bus or ferry. The quality focus of GVB’s 4,000 employees is public transport that is safe, on time, clean and customer-friendly. GVB operates the public transport in Amsterdam under contract with the City Region of Amsterdam.

VDL Bus & Coach
The core activities of VDL Bus & Coach consist of the development, manufacturing, sales and after-sales of a wide range of buses, coaches and chassis modules and the purchase and sales of second-hand buses as well. Manufacturing takes place in the Netherlands and Belgium. VDL Bus & Coach places aspects such as quality, safety, durability, comfort, low maintenance costs, low fuel consumption and the environment in high regard. Sales of VDL Bus & Coach products take place through a worldwide network consisting of corporate-owned sales offices, importers and agents in more than 30 countries. This makes it possible to offer custom-made transport solutions. For after-sales and maintenance, the client can count on rapid, hassle-free assistance from VDL Bus & Coach employees in any of the many service locations. An expansive distribution network ensures that spare parts and accessories are delivered to the requested destination as quickly as possible. VDL Bus & Coach is one of the largest bus producers in Europe.

VDL Groep
VDL Bus & Coach is part of the VDL Groep. VDL Groep, with its head office in Eindhoven, is an international company focused on the development, production and sales of semi-manufactured products, buses & coaches and finished products. In total, the group, with circa 7,400 employees, consists of 80 subsidiaries spread over 16 countries. The strength of the VDL Groep lies in the mutual co-operation between the companies.

Valkenswaard, April 2011


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

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