VDL Bova
IndustryAutomotive
Founded1931
Defunct2010
SuccessorVDL Bus & Coach
Headquarters,
The Netherlands
ProductsBuses
ParentVDL Groep
Websitewww.vdlbova.nl
Eurolines Bova Futura in May 2010
Eurolines Bova Futura in May 2010
Bova Lexio in September 2012
Bova Lexio in September 2012

VDL Bova was a luxury coachbuilder based in Eindhoven, in The Netherlands which began building coaches in 1931. In particular, it is well known for the Bova Futura, a streamlined coach usually powered by a DAF engine, which was first introduced in the 1980s and is still in production as of 2018 as the VDL Futura.[1]

In 1878 Jacob D. Bots founded a timber business in Valkenswaard. When he died, he left the business to his eldest son Simon who first introduced the name Bova, which was derived from Bots Valkenswaard.[2]

In 1931 the company began building coaches, and in 1969 introduced the Benelux, a self-supporting integral coach.[3] The company was purchased by VDL Groep in 2003, who also owned the Berkhof, Jonckheere and VDL Bus Chassis brands.[4] From 2010 the individual brands were discontinued and VDL Bova became part of VDL Bus & Coach.

Products

Integral Buses and Coaches

Bus and Coach Chassis

Bus and Coach Bodywork

Initially Bova built bus bodywork on a variety of chassis, but switched to building integral vehicles in the early 1970s. After becoming part of VDL Groep some chassis/bodywork combinations of DAF/Berkhof heritage were sold as complete vehicles under the VDL Bova name:

References

  1. ^ Futura VDL Bus & Coach
  2. ^ History Bova Futura
  3. ^ Core activities VDL Bova
  4. ^ VDL Groep koopt busbouwer Bova NRC Handelsblad 6 May 2003 (in Dutch)