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Live from the transport sector.


The 2018 edition will take place in April in Izmir.


The JIVE 2 project has started.


Joint venture in China.


Mini and Midi bus of the Year in Spain.


No increase in 2017.


An increase of 20% is not enough.


Record sales in 2017.


“Hybrid Mild” technology for Citaro.

November 15, 2017 - A large order for VDL Bus & Coach in Belgium
The Flemish transport company De Lijn has ordered 66 VDL Citea SLE hybrid buses and 55 VDL Citeas SLE in the diesel version. The vehicles will be produced at the VDL Bus Roeselare plant. All the buses are to be delivered in 2018 and early 2019 and will be deployed on various lines in Flanders. The Citea SLE-120 hybrid is 12 m. long and is is equipped with a serial hybrid system with Stop&Go function. "The vehicles for De Lijn", pointed out VDL Bus & Coach, "are designed in such a way that they can move off from traffic lights and bus stops using only the electric motor, without starting the diesel engine. The concept of this Citea SLE Hybrid is modularly customizable to enable even longer journeys to be driven purely electrically. By using an inverted pantograph and a larger battery pack, the electrical autonomy is further increased". The Citea SLE-120 is also 12 meters in length and is powered by a Euro 6 Cummins ISB6.7E6C engine.
November 15, 2017 - Mercedes-Benz Citaro with all-electric drive
The world premiere in September 2018 at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover and series production starting in autumn 2018. This is the plan announced by Mercedes-Benz for the launch of a city bus with all-electric drive system based on the best-seller Mercedes Citaro. "Prototypes have already successfully undergone initial winter testing in icy temperatures at the Arctic circle as well as summer testing in the heat of Spain's Sierra Nevada. The bus is so well-proven that the brand is already tendering for contracts", stated Mercedes-Benz in a press release. The all-electric Mercedes-Benz Citaro is powered by electric wheel hub motors at the rear axle, a system already proven over recent years in the Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid. It receives its drive energy from lithium-ion batteries and it can be charged from a power socket at the depot or, as an option, through one of a range of intermediate recharging solutions. "The modular design of the battery pack means that individually customised solutions can be devised to match a wide range of applications and requirements in city traffic", pointed out the manufacturer, "One of the particular features of the Citaro with all-electric drive will be the meticulously refined thermal management of the bus's drive and climate control systems. This thermal management reduces energy consumption significantly and is tantamount to extending the range of the bus without changing the size of battery".
Nov. 13, 2017 - Electric school bus by Daimler North America
The Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric Bus, in short "Jouley" from the joule unit of energy, is the first all-electric school bus for series production launched by the North American Daimler subsidiary Thomas Built Buses. Starting in 2019, the new electric school bus has a capacity up to 81 kids and is fitted with a 160-kWh battery. The range stated by the manufacturer is up to 160 kilometers but additional battery packs are optional for a higher range. The average charge time is 8 hours average utilizing standard J1772 chargers. "During the development of the Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric Bus", stated Thomas Built Buses, "we were be able to draw upon Daimler’s electric technology resources". Founded in 1916, Thomas Built Buses is the leading manufacturer of school buses in North America with a market share of 38.7 percent.
November 9, 2017 - Setra 100 series: old time vehicles
Some fifty years since the introduction of the 100 series, Setra remembers this successfully range. It was 1967 and for the first time the independent suspensions on the front axle were fitted as standard. "Among other features," points out Setra, "the coaches featured a more angular design and larger passenger compartments with extended interior headroom compared with the models of the preceding 10 series." The 100 series included intercity models, buses for regular services and tourism coaches. Among these, the Setra Panorama offering perfect all-round visibility with its raised floor and considered the forerunner to all high-deck coaches. Produced up to 1976, the vehicles of the Setra 100 were sold in 12,339 units. In the picture, the Setra Panorama coach with gold-anodised outer panelling produced specially for the Swiss company Zumstein next to an S 515 HDH from the current Setra TopClass range.
Nov.8, 2017 - MAN low-floor chassis for Israeli Egged
MAN Truck & Bus has just delivered 50 chassis to the largest bus company in Israel. The MAN A22 chassis will serve as the basis for 12-m city buses bodied by local manufacturer Haargaz. The two-axle low floor chassis will be fitted with a 320 hp (235 kW) Euro 6 engine. Around 40 of these new city buses based on MAN chassis have already gone into service over the last two months. Egged has a fleet of over 4,000 vehicles, more than 1,500 of which come from MAN. The Israeli company transports just under one million passengers every day and operates almost half of all public transport in Israel. The company’s vehicles cover over 700,000 kilometres on 945 intercity and city lines.
Nov. 7, 2017 - Eberspächer Sütrak AC systems for San Petersburg
Large order for Eberspächer Climate Control Systems RUS. The Russian company controlled by Eberspächer Sütrak was awarded by the Volgabus bus manufacturer for installing the AC353 air conditioning system on 125 of its urban buses in St. Petersburg. The AC353 platform is one of the leading products of the Eberspächer Sütrak air-conditioning range, suitable for both temperate and hot weather. Even in areas with high humidity as St. Petersburg, the AC353 model can guarantee a steady and reliable cooling. Compact and modular design, advanced technology of MCHX heat exchangers, light weight with fuel economy and emission reduction. Installation is fast thanks to modular design with a standard fixing point for all models.
Nov. 6, 2017 - Solaris: another contracts on the domestic market
Rzeszów, Poland. The city authorities and Solaris Bus & Coach signed an agreement for the supply of ten 12 meter electric buses and 30 articulated diesel vehicles. Both contracts are scheduled for delivery in 2018 and include the charging infrastructure. The electric buses will be equipped with 87,6 kWh Solaris High Power batteries and an inverted pantograph for fast charging at bus stops or at the terminal. The vehicles will be, as a standard, equipped with a plug-in socket for slower charging. On board there will be LED lightening, air conditioning, WiFi and a passenger information system with voice announcement. The new Solaris Urbino 18 articulated use will be powered by a DAF engine (Euro 6). At present, there are 47 Solaris buses on the street of Rzeszów, including nine vehicles running on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
November 3, 2017 - 72 Mercedes-Benz double-deckers for Brazil
Rio Grand do Sul, South Brazil. The local major travel operators have ordered 72 double-decker buses from the Mercedes-Benz range. This is one of the large-scale orders secured by Mercedes-Benz do Brasil buses this year. "During the first three quarters of 2017", stated the German manufacturer, "Mercedes-Benz do Brasil sold around 9,500 bus units surpassing last year’s turnover by 29 percent. Over the last four months new sales of the Daimler subsidiary have risen slightly. Overall Mecedes-Benz is expecting the Brazilian bus market to keep recovering albeit slowly ". Mercedes-Benz buses is market leader in Brazil with a share of 51.7 percent.
November 2, 2017 - First Nogebus' supply in Bulgaria
The Iberian coachbuilder Nogebus landed for the first time on the Bulgarian market with 25 touring coaches handed over to Union-Ivkoni, the country's leading transportation company based in Sofia. The model chosen by the Bulgarian operator is Touring in the 12.2 meter HDH version (one fitted with a lift) and the 12.96 m high decker (HD) with 55 passenger seats. Both are built on Mercedes-Benz OC500 RF1943 Euro 6 chassis. Other ten units are the 37-seat H version on MAN N14 12250foc Euro 6 chassis.
Oct. 26, 2017 - VDL will supply 102 buses to Connexxion
The Dutch passenger transport company Connexxion has placed an order for 62 VDL MidCity Electric buses and 40 VDL Citea LLE-120 Euro 6 buses. All the vehicles will be used in the ‘Noord-Holland Noord’ province. This concession will become operational by the end of July 2018. “With the introduction of the MidCity Electric, the smaller buses in Noord-Holland Noord are now also zero emission”, said Eric van Eijndhoven, Public Transport Director at Connexxion. "The goal is to have half of all buses run zero emissions in the Noord-Holland Noord concession area by 2025". VDL Bus & Coach is currently developing the MidCity Electric. This fully electric minibus with a length of 8 mt features a 87 kWh battery with a range of up to 220 km, as stated by the manufacturer. This new model will be introduced in 2018.
October 24, 2017 - The 5000th Neoplan Skyliner to Baltour Group
The renowned Neoplan double-decker is celebrating two milestones: 50 years and 5,000 units delivered. The owner of the milestone coach is Baltour Group which received the keys under the spotlight of Busworld Europe 2017 (Kortrijk, October 20-25). Elegant and sober, 64 Exclusive Plus seats with central armrests and leg rests, diesel Euro 6 engine (500 hp), numerous driving assistance systems, including EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) and MAN EfficientCruise based on topography detected by gps in conjunction with Ecoroll. Baltour Group connects 17 Italian regions and 23 European countries with over 500 destinations, carrying more than 4 million passengers a year. The fleet currently includes 93 vehicles, 66 of which are MAN and Neoplan branded.
Oct. 24, 2017 - Further VDL electric buses for Stadtwerke Münster
An order for five additional VDL Citea SLF-120 Electric buses has been placed by Stadtwerke Münster. The vehicles with a total passenger capacity of 80 people will be fitted with a pantograph system. Unlike the first five units, the pantograph is now positioned on the front axle. This change is a response from VDL Bus & Coach to recommendations from the VDV and the ISO standards. In accordance with the requirements in Münster, the vehicles will be fitted with a 180 kWh battery pack thereby further increasing the operating range and ensuring greater flexibility. The new vehicles will be equipped with a Siemens central motor, which further reduces the vehicle maintenance costs. To date, electric vehicles from VDL Bus & Coach have clocked up more than 4,500,000 real operating kilometres on the road.