VDL SB200

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VDL SB200
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Arriva Buses Wales Wright Commander bodied VDL SB200 in Llandudno in May 2013
Overview
Manufacturer DAF / VDL
Production Eindhoven, Netherlands
Assembly 2001 - 2014
Body and chassis
Doors 1-2
Floor type Low floor
Powertrain
Engine Cummins B-series/ISBe
Dimensions
Length 12.0 metres
Width 2.5 metres
Height 3.0 metres
Chronology
Predecessor DAF SB220

The VDL SB200 (originally the DAF SB200) was a light-weight 12m low floor single decker bus chassis produced from 2001 by VDL Bus & Coach (formerly DAF Bus International). It superseded the SB220.

It is originally designed for use by Arriva (VDL dealer in the United Kingdom) in order to save fuel over heavy-weight citybuses which are designed for Continental Europe where buses carry large numbers of standing passengers, whereas in the UK they do not.[dubious ]

The SB200 sold very well in VDL's home market, the Netherlands mainly using VDL Berkhof type Ambassador and VDL Citea LLE bodywork. They were operated by all large transport companies in the Netherlands, Connexxion (including Hermes), Veolia Transport and Arriva. Arriva also used SB200s with Wright Commander bodywork.

Of the 831 built for United Kingdom operators, Arriva purchased 704, Tellings-Golden Miller 30 and John Fishwick & Sons 23.[1]

Initially the SB200 built for the UK was only available with Wright Commander bodywork, but from 2006 it was available with the Plaxton Centro or Wright Pulsar bodywork, the latter being succeeded in late 2009 by the facelifted Wright Pulsar 2.[2]

One VDL SB200 was fitted with a MCV Evolution body in 2012 as a static demonstrator for Arriva Bus & Coach, it was sold in 2014 to Richards Brothers in Wales.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DAF / VDL SB200 Bus Lists on the Web
  2. ^ Arriva North West taking Pulsar 2s Bus & Coach Professional 14 August 2009
  3. ^ Designed to Lead...Built to Last Arriva Bus & Coach
  4. ^ Arriva Bus & Coach holds Wellingborough open day Bus & Coach Buyer 23 April 2014

External links[edit]

Media related to VDL SB200 at Wikimedia Commons