Tuesday 25 February 2020
Vantura Systems


Rheinbahn orders 60 VDL Citea LLEs

An excellent start to 2013 for VDL Bus & Coach Deutschland. On 2 January 2013 Rheinbahn of Düsseldorf officially awarded the contract for 60 low-entry buses to VDL Bus & Coach. “This is the largest order that VDL Bus & Coach Deutschland has ever won. A sign that the experiences with the first two buses have been extremely positive”, says a proud Boris Höltermann, public transport manager of VDL Bus & Coach Deutschland. In the spring of 2010 Rheinbahn put into service two predecessors of the LLE, the Ambassador, in order to gain experience with these vehicles for future bus purchases.

Innovative lightweight concept 
In VDL buses with a lightweight construction the focus is on improving fuel economy and thereby reducing emissions. Needless to say, the buses continue to meet the highest safety standards. The Citea LLE has a net weight of around 9 tonnes and, based on Rheinbahn’s own experiences, uses 25% less diesel than comparable products. This means that the Citea meets the standards expected of vehicles that use hybrid technology, without any additional costs having to be incurred for this technology or for, say, workshops and infrastructure. With today’s pressure on costs in mind, the choice of the VDL lightweight concept is a logical step for passenger transport firms whose objective besides carrying passengers in optimal comfort is to reduce the emissions of harmful substances. 

Rheinbahn AG provides the public transport in Düsseldorf, Meerbusch and substantial parts of the district of Mettmann. Currently 400 buses, 91 bus lines, 7 sprinter lines (partly underground) and 11 tram lines are in use. The railway network extends as far as Neuss, Krefeld, Duisburg and Ratingen, is part of the railway network of Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (Rhine-Ruhr public transport association) and is approximately 342 km in length. Rheinbahn carries about 216 million passengers a year. 

VDL Bus & Coach 
The core activities of VDL Bus & Coach consist of the development, manufacturing, sales and after-sales of a wide range of buses, coaches and chassis modules and the purchase and sales of second-hand buses. Manufacturing takes place in the Netherlands and Belgium. VDL Bus & Coach places high value on quality, safety, durability, the environment, low fuel consumption, comfort and low maintenance costs. Sales of VDL Bus & Coach products take place through a worldwide network consisting of corporate-owned sales offices, importers and agents in more than 30 countries. This makes it possible to offer custom-made transport solutions. For after-sales and maintenance, the client can count on rapid, hassle-free assistance from VDL Bus & Coach employees in any of the many service locations. An extensive distribution network ensures that spare parts and accessories are delivered to the requested destination as quickly as possible. VDL Bus & Coach is one of the largest bus producers in Europe.
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