Van Hool will be introducing a new type of standard coach for Europe and ‘new markets’ in 2015.
During the official inauguration of the firm’s new Macedonian plant in Skopje (see separate story on p16) Filip Van Hool, CEO of Van Hool, announced that the production of a new vehicle type will be starting in the fourth quarter of this year at the company’s Skopje plant. The new model is described as ‘a standard coach’ and has received the name ‘EX.’
“Van Hool wants to continue playing a significant role on the international market of buses and coaches,” explained Filip.
“For the first time since the worldwide financial-economic crisis began, we’re again thinking in terms of growth. True to tradition, we stay in close contact with what’s going on with our customers and keep a sharp eye on how the market is evolving. What we’ve been seeing prompted us to build a new type of coach. With this new vehicle type we can even tap new markets that until recently were virtually unattainable for us. It will be a standard type coach, characterised by the high quality standards for which Van Hool is renowned for. Over the past few months, the employees at the new plant in Skopje have clearly demonstrated that they can quickly make Van Hool’s high quality standards their own.
“The vehicle is situated in the lower segment of the international bus and coach market and, in order to be competitive, it has to be built cost-efficiently. For the more specialised work with high added value, the plant in Koningshooikt naturally remains the ideal site.
“We invite everyone to come take a look at the new vehicle at the major international trade fair IAA in Hannover, Germany which is being held from 25/9/2014 through into 2/10/2014.”