Van Hool shows two world premieres at Busworld 2011 in Kortrijk

TX coach-range sets new standards in terms of safety, design and comfort.

ExquiCity combines flexibility of a bus with efficiency of a tram.

Van Hool, the Belgian independent manufacturer of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles, presents up to two world premieres at Busworld 2011 (Kortrijk), considered the most important biennial trade fair for all news about buses and coaches.

Busworld 2011 in Kortrijk is a unique opportunity for Van Hool to present for the very first time the TX range, a completely new range of coaches. The TX range is the successor of the well-known and respected T9 range. The latest newcomer from Van Hool is the result of over 60 years experience in building coaches in combination with the forward-looking vision of the company on safety and comfort for passengers and drivers. Van Hool confirms its role as a trendsetter in design, both inside and outside, without compromising the uniqueness of the timeless line that always has characterized Van Hool coaches. The first TX-vehicles will be on the market in February 2012. Before the start of Busworld 2011 clients already ordered in total 139 vehicles.

Van Hool shows in Kortrijk, for the very first time a driveable prototype of the ExquiCity, a multi-drive platform that combines the flexibility of a bus with the efficiency of a tram. This platform makes the ExquiCity, 18m and 24m in both versions, a basis for the use of different propulsion systems such as trolley, hybrid, fuel cells or batteries. The company provides a realistic response to the demand for safe, environmentally friendly and efficient urban transportation. Earlier this year, ExquiCity received great acclaim at the UITP Congress in Dubai, where the vehicle was presented as a model to actual size. Up to date, 39 ExquiCity vehicles have been ordered. Barcelona (Spain), Parma (Italy) and Metz (France) will integrate, in the course of 2012, the first vehicles in their urban public transport-network.

Van Hool is a Belgian independent manufacturer of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles. The company, founded in 1947, is based in Koningshooikt (Belgium). In 2010 the company produced 1,028 buses and 2,594 coaches and industrial vehicles. Approximately two thirds of the exported products remains in Europe, the rest is shipped to America, Africa and Asia. Van Hool has over 4,000 employees worldwide, including most obviously in the production plants in KONINGSHOOIKT and Bree.