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First RHD New Futura

On Wednesday, 10th October 2012, the first right hand drive New Futura has been handed over to Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel, from Warwickshire, United Kingdom.
Pete and John Johnson said “As probably the largest operator of Futura Classics in the UK it made good sense to continue our excellent relationship. The relationship with the marque and with our friends at Moseley (PCV) Ltd goes back to 1987 and we look forward to this association continuing for many more years to come.
When we saw the New Futura earlier this year we were immediately impressed with the look, feel and quality of the coach, and coupled with the fact that a 12.9 metre standard two-axle model was available, made the choice an easy one. Our customers, drivers, couriers and workshop team like our Futura Classics and are all excited at the latest addition of a New Futura. We look forward to receiving our new 49 seat ‘club class’ Futura into the fleet.”


From left to right:
Karl Moseley (Managing Director Moseley (PCV) Ltd), Dale Johnson (Sales Executive Moseley (PCV) Ltd), Peter Johnson (Operations Director Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel), Tim Fairless (Sales Director Moseley (PCV) Ltd), John Johnson (Commercial Director Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel), Rémi Henkemans (Managing Director VDL Bus & Coach bv), Maurits van Thiel (Area Sales Manager VDL Bus & Coach bv), Ben Werth (Sales Support Moseley (PCV) Ltd)


New Futura

The Futura name has a long history within VDL Bus & Coach. It has stood for an efficient, customer orientated product concept for decades. Building on these traditional values, VDL Bus & Coach has developed yet another new coach: the New Futura. An evolution for VDL Bus & Coach, but a revolution for the market. The New Futura, with its convincing concept, has been proclaimed ‘Coach of the Year 2012’ and has already proved very successful on the continent with sales now in excess of 500 coaches.
The ‘Coach of the Year’ jury saw the VDL Futura foremost as an efficient, highly cost-effective coach with an attractive design, high level of passenger comfort (due in part to the completely flat floor), an optimal driveline and a good price/quality ratio. The professional jury particularly praised the New Futura for its ease-of-use. They commended the brief time required for a driver to become comfortable with the vehicle. This, combined with the fine on-the-road performance and a well-matched driveline featuring a smooth shifting AS Tronic transmission, resulted in excellent ride comfort. With its small turning radius the Futura also scored highly in terms of manoeuvrability.
A unique aspect of the 2-axle Futura is its low kerb weight, which is not only of tremendous benefit in terms of fuel economy but also enables the 12.9-metre length variant to carry up to 57 passengers within the maximum weight legislation for international traffic. The spacious, ergonomically designed driver’s area with its state-of-the-art automotive dashboard and pleasant, harmonious, well-finished interior were also praised.
The Futura FHD2-129 for Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel is executed with 49 luxury leather trimmed seats allowing additional leg room, air conditioning, BOSCH audio visual system, centre demountable toilet, water boiler and fridge.

Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel
Established in 1909, Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel is an independent family business providing coach hire, holidays & excursions and local bus service with an enviable reputation for high quality service. Johnsons operates in three distinct product areas: Own Products, which includes holidays in the UK and Europe, day excursions and theatre trips; Coach Hire for business, education and pleasure and Bus Services operating across five midlands counties (Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire).
The vehicle fleet comprises 44 coaches, of which 38 are Futura Classics. The majority of which were acquired through Moseley (PCV) Ltd. They also operate 40 buses and have a full time staff of 200 personnel.

Moseley (PCV) Ltd
Moseley (PCV) Ltd is recognized as an industry leader in operator support and provides a total service across all aspects of coach operation. Customers enjoy the benefits of a wide range of services tailored to meet individual operator needs. With a highly skilled workforce Moseley (PCV) Ltd aims to provide a professional approach based on mutual trust and total customer satisfaction. Moseley (PCV) Ltd is part of the associated Moseley companies which include, Moseley Distributors Ltd in Airdrie and Moseley in the South Ltd in Somerset.

 

Valkenswaard, October 2012


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

VDL Bus & Coach bv
Maurits van Thiel
Area Sales Manager
+31 (0)40 208 44 35
m.van.thiel@vdlbuscoach.com

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