One year after launching its EX coach range, Van Hool, the Belgian manufacturer of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles, has already sold more than 100 units of this latest addition to its fleet. Customers from Belgium, Germany, the UK, France, Italy and Switzerland have put their faith in this extremely efficient coach, which can be deployed for a wide range of purposes, from long journeys to intercity trips and scheduled services.
The previously introduced EX15 H and EX16 M were recently joined by another two tri-axle coaches in the EX range: the EX16 H and the EX17 H. The EX is based on a flexible modular design that can be used to build vehicles to suit a wide variety of applications: from comfortable coaches to full seater dual-axle or tri-axle coaches with a generous luggage compartment and up to 65+1+1 seats, optional toilet, narrow or wide middle door, with or without wheelchair lift. The EX is powered by a DAF MX11 Euro6 engine (290kW/394hp or 320kW/436hp) and comes with a comprehensive range of safety features including EBS3, AEBS, ESC, ABS, ACC and LDW (*).
Filip Van Hool, CEO of Van Hool nv, welcomes these commercial results: “Even though we have been in the coach and bus market for almost 70 years, we recognise that we need to continue to earn our customers' trust. And the same is true for the new EX range. We are particularly pleased with the sales credentials we now have in the different markets. The expansion of our EX range with two tri-axle coaches and the fact that we are now also able to offer the first right-hand drive EX for the UK market means that the EX range is more complete, which in turn opens up new commercial opportunities.”
The EX was designed and developed at Van Hool’s parent company in Koningshooikt (Belgium) and is manufactured at the state-of-the-art production facility in Skopje (Macedonia).
Filip Van Hool explains: “In our industry it is unusual for a bus manufacturer to produce a new product range at a new factory, in a new location abroad, with a completely new workforce. Our customers are particularly impressed by the quality of work delivered.”
About Van Hool
Van Hool is an independent Belgian manufacturer of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles. The company was set up in 1947 and is located in Koningshooikt. The vast majority of vehicles produced is destined for Europe and the US. Van Hool has over 4,800 employees worldwide, most of whom are based at the production facilities in Koningshooikt and Bree in Belgium, and in Skopje in Macedonia. www.vanhool.be