In partnership with: VDL Futura FHD2-106
ENGINE 10.8-litre six-cylinder DAF MX-11 POWER 271kW (370bhp) @1,650rpm
EMISSIONS Euro 6 using EGR and SCR GEARBOX ZF EcoLife six-speed automatic TYRES 295/80 R22.5
Seats are Vogel LS40 type
fi nished in half-leather;
legroom is generally very good
The fi rst right-hand drive
Futura FHD2-106 is a 43-seater
for A Lyles and Son
MIDI SECTOR GETS A NEW
PREMIUM VDL OPTION
VDL’s Futura FHD2 range has gained an addition: The 10.6m FHD2-106,
which is placed as a premium model with customisation potential
VDL broke new ground for the wellregarded
Futura 2 range when it unveiled
a 10.6m variant.
A premium mid-sized coach, the fi rst
example for the UK is a 43-seater for
Batley operator A Lyles and Son.
The FHD2-106’s market sector is lowvolume
yet competitive, and operators
are spoilt for choice. As a result, while
VDL’s quality is established, it may well
be the overall package that clinches it.
It benefits from backup provided by the
It comes with a three-year
manufacturer’s warranty that the
dealership supports on an unlimited
Inside, the Vogel LS40 seats have upright
grab handles at each corner, and there
is well over 6ft of headroom throughout.
Taller passengers may also use the edge
of the luggage racks to steady themselves.
VDL is able to incorporate a wide range
of luxuries. Seats have recline, two-point
belts and drop-down tables. Side-shift,
three-point securement and USB charging
points are among the many options, with
other bespoke fi ttings available to suit.
The engine is almost undetectable when
cruising and it is happy to hold 850rpm
at 40mph in top gear. That delivers major
benefi ts in terms of fuel economy.
In creating the 10.6m model, VDL has
fi rst taken all of the best bits of the full-size
It has adapted the front overhang to suit,
and then condensed the lot into a product
that delivers for both the driver and
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