VDL Bova

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Bova Futura.

VDL Bova, better known as Bova, is a luxury coachbuilder based in Eindhoven, Netherlands which began building coaches in 1931. In particular, it is well known for the Bova Futura, a streamlined coach, often with a DAF engine, which was first introduced in the 1980s and continues in a similar form today.

History[edit]

The founder, J.D. Bots, later to be known as J.D. Bova first started the company that would come to be known as Bova in 1878 with the creation of a timber business in Valkenswaard. When J.D. Bots died, he left the business to his eldest son Simon who first introduced the name Bova, which was derived from Bots Valkenswaard. [1]

In 1931 the company began building coaches, and in 1969 introduced the Benelux, a self-supporting integral coach.[2] The company was purchased by VDL Groep in 2003, who also own VDL Berkhof, VDL Bus Chassis and VDL Jonckheere.

Products[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Futura
  • Lexio
  • Magiq
  • Synergy

Past[edit]

  • X-press (1980, bus with rear-mounted engine)
  • Europa
  • Futura
  • Calypso (a Europa underframe with Duple bodywork)

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