Van Hool

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Van Hool is a commercial vehicle manufacturer based in Koningshooikt, Belgium. In addition to selling their products all over Europe, they expanded into the North American market through ABC Companies, the exclusive North American dealer for Van Hool products.

History

During the Second World War, Bernard Van Hool, the company founder, started a trucking company with his brother Jozef. Rolling stock had been requisitioned by the occupying forces, which led to a shortage of vehicles. Van Hool managed to acquire and refurbish a number of trucks. Following the war, Van Hool's ambitions turned towards infrastructure. He needed a vehicle to transport his workers and acquired an old bus. It was in poor shape, but he overhauled the bus with a new body. The finished vehicle was named “De Trekvogel”, or Bird of Passage. The company's direction changed to coachbuilding and coach transportation by 1946.[1]

Van Hool made their debut at the 1948 Brussels Car Fair. Throughout the 1950s, the company grew. Van Hool secured public bus and commercial vehicle contracts. A second factory was built. And by 1955,the company company employed 222 people on the shop-floor and 17 in the office.[2]


Current models

Transit

Highway coach

Past models

Transit

Commuter

Highway coach

References

  1. 1946: the history
  2. 1947-1956: the initial years

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