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Bus of the Year 2011

With the Citea Low Floor public transport bus, VDL Bus & Coach has won the prestigious international ‘Bus of the Year 2011’ award. During the 'Bus Euro Test 2010' in the Romanian capital Bucharest, the city bus from the Netherlands scored better than its strong international rivals. The members of the jury paid particular attention to the practical usability, the finish, the concept and the efficiency of the participating vehicles.

Bus of the Year 2011
The jury of ‘Bus of the Year 2011’ consists of trade journalists from 19 European countries. They see the Citea above all as a well balanced, harmonious bus for city transport that performs admirably on all aspects. The bus provides the passengers with every comfort, and the driving characteristics are of high quality.

The VDL Citea is an innovative low-floor city bus. The lightweight construction offers excellent carrying capacity, saves on fuel and reduces emissions. The repair and maintenance-friendly construction of this low-floor bus reduces workshop times. The impressive international sales figures confirm the advanced design of the Citea city bus.

Rémi Henkemans, managing director of VDL Bus & Coach, is proud of the product and his team: "Being awarded the ‘Bus of the Year 2011’ title shows that we and our products are among the European elite. This award demonstrates to international passenger transport firms our know-how and expertise in the field of city buses."



VDL Citea
Since the introduction of the Citea during the 'UITP Mobility and City Transport Exhibition 2007' in Helsinki, VDL Bus & Coach has secured a large number of orders for this newcomer. These include two notable ones: the RTA (Road and Transport Authority) in Dubai placed an order in the autumn of 2008 for no fewer than 518 Citea city buses. This order, worth millions, is the largest single order in the history of VDL Groep. The order from the Belgian company of TEC (Transport en Commun) for 217 Citeas, dating from March of this year, is currently causing a high degree of capacity utilisation in the factories. TEC opted for the Citea CLF, which is 12 metres long and has an EEV engine. These low-floor buses will be deployed in four cities and regions.

Valkenswaard, September 2010


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

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