Mercedes-Benz Buses and Coaches – focusing on safety and economy
Anyone who travels in a Mercedes-Benz bus can relax secure in the knowledge that they’re being guided by a lucky star – after all, over 100 years’ experience of bus manufacture goes into every model. It was in 1895 that automotive pioneer Carl Benz built the world’s first motor-driven bus, in Mannheim – and today, the city is still the centre for the Mercedes-Benz Bus brand. All of the vehicles embody the Mercedes-Benz goal of combining premium quality, excellent economy and the highest standards of safety. As a technology leader with full-line competence, the Mercedes-Benz Buses and Coaches brand offers a comprehensive range of products.
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In 1996, as part of a strategic product initiative, the brand enlarged its portfolio with the Mercedes-Benz Integro inter-city bus. The Citaro followed in 1997, and since then it has set the standards for economy, design, comfort and safety. 2011 saw the introduction of the new Citaro with a Euro V-compliant engine, followed a year later by the market launch of a Euro VI-compliant model in May 2012.
The success story of the Mercedes-Benz Travego coach began in 1999 when it ushered in a new era in the history of coach building with its exceptionally spacious interior. This tradition was continued in 2012 with the Travego Edition 1, the first coach to feature a Euro VI-compliant drive system.
The success of this model was shared by the completely revamped Tourismo coach. In 1998, Mercedes-Benz began its involvement in the minibus segment, conquering one European market after another with a wide range of innovations based on the Sprinter and Vario models. The current Mercedes-Benz minibus generation comprises the four model series Sprinter Transfer, Sprinter Travel, Sprinter City and Sprinter Mobility, with a total of 14 basic models.
Since 2004, the Mercedes-Benz Tourino, a midibus with rear engine and independent wheel suspension, has served as a link between large and small buses. With its large models, Mercedes-Benz is now increasingly focusing on intermediate lengths, for example with the Travego M. The Travego SHD (super high decker) is used in the eastern European market. Since 2007, the product range in the inter-city bus category has been rounded off by the Mercedes-Benz Intouro, which is used in eastern Europe, and in some western European countries, such as Italy and France, as a school bus. From mid-2012, it will also be used in western Europe.
Mercedes-Benz is a byword for trust and safety, and offers a complete range of buses as a technology leader with full-line competence.
The economic all-rounder, the Tourismo RH, closes the gap between the already established Mercedes-Benz Integro intercity bus and the super high decker, the Tourismo RHD. The engines in the new Mercedes-Benz minibuses meet both the Euro V and the EEV (Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle) emissions standards. With the Citaro LE Ü, Tourismo M/2, Tourismo RH and Travego M, the brand covers the entire spectrum from intercity bus to touring coach. The Travego Edition 1 is the first coach to already comply with the Euro VI emissions standard in 2012. Alongside the new Citaro Euro VI, the city buses include the zero-emissions Citaro FuelCELL-Hybrid with fuel-cell hybrid drive, the Mercedes-Benz Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid, which reduces diesel consumption together with CO2 emissions by up to 30 percent, and the CapaCity extra-large urban regular-service bus. On the eastern European market, the Mercedes-Benz Conecto covers the city bus segment.
As well as its comprehensive product portfolio, the Mercedes-Benz Buses brand delivers added value in the form of OMNIplus – a comprehensive range of bus and coach-specific services unmatched by any competitor. A professional and global sales structure provides responsible and solution-focused support to all bus and coach customers, from major customers to smaller operators. This combination of products and services is one of the reasons why the Mercedes-Benz brand is held in such high regard.