With the deployment of five Futura FMD2-148 vehicles for Icelandic operator Hópbílar, VDL Bus & Coach is making its debut in public and intercity transport in the country.
“Although our coaches have been a familiar sight on Icelandic roads for many years, never before has a Futura FMD2 been delivered in Iceland,” says Pieter Gerdingh, business manager coach range, VDL Bus & Coach. “We are proud that with these multifunctional buses we can further contribute to making this beautiful island even more accessible for visitors and residents. The still young cooperation with VélRás, our independent distributor in Iceland, is already bearing fruit.
“It is our ambition to remain the market leader and attract more new customers to our overall portfolio.”
Hópbílar, based in Hafnarfjörður, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and has a fleet of more than 110 vehicles, including coaches, public transport buses and mini/midi buses.
The five VDL Futura FMD2 vehicles are in the longest available version (14.8metres) and some will be equipped with a wheelchair lift.
The vehicles will operate mainly in the south and south-west of Iceland on different lines connecting the capital Reykjavik and the surrounding areas.
In addition, they will regularly travel to Iceland’s second city, Akureyri, in the north of the country. Futuras will also be deployed on lines to the south, to the ferry that operates to the island of Vestmannaeyjar.