New VDL Futura model for launch at Kortrijk

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During Busworld 2013, VDL Bus & Coach will introduce its new Futura FMD2 – a multipurpose vehicle designed to take maximum advantage of the modular construction technique employed by VDL and all the related benefits. The new Futura FMD2 will be displayed at the VDL Bus & Coach stand (hall 4, stand 404) 18-23 October 2013.

VDL says the new Futura is suitable for both touring and intercity transport. The floor height of 1,250mm provides easy entry and egress, while an optional wide centre door can be equipped with a cassette lift for disabled passengers. The driver has the same dashboard as found in the Futura FHD2.

VDL claims the Futura FMD2 offers profit of ownership: low net weight, reduced fuel consumption, high capacity, generous luggage space and low running costs which make the Futura FMD2 a profitable investment.

The coach is available in two different lengths: the FMD2-122 with a length of 12.2m, and the FMD2-129 with a length of 12.9m. Engine options for the driveline include the new generation of DAF Euro 6 engines, the MX-11/240 (240 kW – 326 hp) and MX-11/270 (271 kW – 369 hp).

These engines can be combined with a ZF EcoShift 6-speed manual gearbox, a ZF AS-Tronic 12-speed semi-automatic gearbox or the ZF EcoLife 6-speed semi-automatic gearbox.

The Futura FMD2 will be available from mid-2014.