Valkenswaard, the Netherlands, 25-May-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — VDL Bus & Coach introduces no fewer than three new length variants of the VDL Citea LLE. They are the Citea LLE-99 with a length of 9.9 metres, the Citea LLE-107 with a length of 10.7 metres and the Citea LLE-127 with a length of 12.7 metres. The VDL Citea is the lightweight champion within the VDL Bus & Coach product range. The kerb weight of the 12-metre variant is at least two tonnes less than that of similar buses. This low kerb weight results in very favourable fuel consumption, greatly reducing emissions of CO2, fine particulates and NOx. With the introduction of the new length variants, VDL Bus & Coach expands the successful formula of the Citea LLE to a wider range of applications. The LLE-99, LLE-107 and LLE-127 are built using the same innovative lightweight concept as the 12-metre version. The low kerb weight also results in lower maintenance costs. The exceptionally low operating costs attributable to the VDL Citea LLE provide more-than-excellent Profit of Ownership.
New VDL Citea LLE-99 and LLE-107
The new shorter variants of the VDL Citea LLE are specifically designed for areas with more limited passenger demand and for scheduled service with clear peak and off-peak hours. Passenger transport companies are focusing more and more on products that match their transportation needs. Where transportation demand is lower, the use of smaller buses contributes to the green image. This is especially true when the new VDL Citea LLE-99 and LLE-107 are used, which due to their lower kerb weight consume significantly less fuel. The high total passenger capacity to length ratio of 78 people for the LLE-99 and 80 for the LLE-107 provides even greater TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) benefits. An additional benefit when it comes to old city centres is the manoeuvrability. The shortened wheelbase and rear overhang significantly reduce the turning circle and swept path, making it easier to manoeuvre in narrow streets.
New VDL Citea LLE-127
Demand for the new extended version of the Citea LLE stems from the desire for more luxury and comfort for intercity transport over longer distances. For this type of transportation, buses with more seats are in demand. The extended wheelbase of the Citea LLE-127 provides four additional seats compared to the 12-metre version. Compared to similar buses with the same number of seats, the Citea LLE-127 also benefits from the advantages of the low kerb weight – lower fuel consumption, lower emissions and lower maintenance costs –all of which reduce TCO and result in greater Profit of Ownership.
Technical specifications Citea LLE range
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