26 Jul 2018


To answer the need of operators for a large capacity vehicle for intercity traffic but with the need to act in inner cities, VDL delivers its double-decker Futura FDD2 now with the Paccar/DAF MX-11 with 450 hp in combination with the fully automatic ZF EcoLife gearbox.

The fully automatic 6-speed ZF EcoLife gearbox is suited for line deployment with low average speeds involving lots of shifting, such as stop-and-go traffic. The new EcoLife range is designed for higher engagement torques of up to 2,300 Nm. This high torque-level makes it possible for VDL Bus & Coach to implement the EcoLife in the FDD2 double-decker together with the DAF MX-11 450 hp and 2,300 Nm engine. For all other purposes the Futura FDD2 comes standard with an MX-13 with 530 hp and 2,600 Nm, in combination with the ZF TraXon gearbox. All VDL Futura single-decker variants are now also optionally available with a ZF EcoLife gearbox.

The updated exhaust after-treatment system from Paccar/DAF reaches operating temperature faster and more efficiently. This increased efficiency has also further reduced NOx emissions in comparison to previous generation engines. The VDL Futura with the new generation of DAF engines is also suitable for running on HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil). In comparison to ‘regular’ diesel it reduces CO2 emissions by up to 80 per cent.

For the VDL Futura FDD2 the new driveline also improved the accessibility to the luggage compartment. The lowest step in the stairs to enter the luggage compartment has disappeared. Also the new layout of the engine compartment has provided weight savings with 100 kg. The exhaust after-treatment system is now 50 kg lighter and occupies 40% less volume. The entire weight savings have been achieved behind the rear axle. This leads to more efficient weight distribution, better road handling and higher passenger capacity.
The objective of this new layout is further optimization of the accessibility of the engine compartment to allow maintenance and repair work to be performed more effectively. This allows for a 6% saving on repair and maintenance.

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