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ECW Grand Award Mini Midi Bus for VDL MidCity

During the European Coach and Bus Week (ECW) which was held during the weekend prior to Busworld Europe 2011, the VDL MidCity MLF-80/160 was chosen as the top pick from a strong field of competitors and received the Grand Award Mini Midi Bus. According to the jury, the MidCity is a bus that offers various benefits in a single concept, such as the outstanding access for all passengers and good floor lighting. The compact size of the MidCity results in high manoeuvrability, making driving a pleasure. Moreover, the bus is equipped with active and passive safety systems for passengers and driver.



MidCity MLF-80/160

The MidCity from VDL Bus & Coach was developed exclusively for Public Transport and includes a multifunctional area with a low floor that is ideal for use as standing room or for wheelchairs. This conversion to a low floor bus is a speciality VDL Bus & Coach developed itself and offers enormous flexibility. The MidCity can be built on the basis of a Mercedes Benz Sprinter or Volkswagen Crafter and fitted with a clean-burning EEV diesel engine for significant reduction of exhaust gas emissions and fine particulates.
The MidCity that participated in the ECW is built on the basis of an MB Sprinter 516 CDI and has an interior configuration consisting of eleven seats, four folding seats, two wheelchair spaces and room for a maximum of nine standing passengers. A double door at the front and a single door behind the rear axle facilitate entry and egress. Its compact dimensions (total length is 8.044 metres) make the MidCity highly manoeuvrable and therefore ideal for transport in the narrow streets of old city centres. The 70 cm wheel base extension has created extra room for two wheelchairs or extra standing passengers. Due in part to this wheel base extension it was unnecessary to make major changes to components of the basic vehicle, such as the front and rear axles, brakes, etc.
In light of the strong competition, VDL Bus & Coach is particularly proud of having been granted the Grand Award Mini Midi Bus.

Valkenswaard, October 2011


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

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