Mercedes-Benz at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show
Hannover/Stuttgart
Sep 23, 2008
Mercedes-Benz Buses and Coaches
World premiere: Mercedes-Benz Travego –
the new generation with Active Brake Assist
  • New Active Brake Assist actively helps prevent rear-end collisions
  • Installation of assistance systems reduces insurance costs
  • New: Front Collision Guard passive safety system
  • All-new cockpit design geared even more towards the driver
  • Six-cylinder in-line engine with additional output rating
  • New: Mercedes PowerShift eight-speed automated transmission
Safety is the focus of the new-generation Mercedes-Benz Travego high-deck touring coach, which marks the world premiere of the Active Brake Assist (ABA) system in the bus and coach sector.
New Active Brake Assist actively helps prevent rear-end collisions
Active Brake Assist has clocked up a combined total of more than 350 million kilometres on the road for our customers in the Mercedes-Benz Actros truck. Now it is set to celebrate its world premiere in the bus and coach sector – in the Mercedes-Benz Travego. If Active Brake Assist (also known as emergency braking assist) detects an acute risk of a rear-end collision with a vehicle in front, it initiates emergency braking independently following intermittent warnings.
Active Brake Assist uses the DISTRONIC radar sensor. If the traffic situation remains unchanged and there is a risk of a collision, a progressive series of warnings comes into play. Firstly the driver receives a visual warning and an audible alarm signal. If the risk of a collision becomes more acute, partial braking is initiated. If the driver fails to respond, the system finally applies the full braking power of its own accord. If DISTRONIC is ordered, Active Brake Assist is delivered with it at no extra cost.
Installation of assistance systems reduces insurance costs
Buses and coaches fitted with Active Brake Assist receive a five-percent discount on liability and fully comprehensive insurance from Mercedes-Benz Bank AG. Buses and coaches fitted with Lane Assistant and DISTRONIC also receive a five-percent discount. If all three assistance systems are installed, a ten-percent discount is granted.
New: Front Collision Guard passive safety system
The new Front Collision Guard (FCG) is a unique passive safety system designed to protect the driver and tour guide in the event of a frontal impact. The system includes a transverse profile which acts as an underride guard for the protection of other road users. Behind this profile is a structure consisting of crash elements, which absorb energy in a predetermined manner in the event of an impact. In addition, the driver’s area in the Travego is now mounted on a solid frame section that can slide downwards in its entirety in the event of a serious frontal impact and, therefore, increase the driver’s space.
A wealth of other details enhance the exemplary level of safety provided by the Mercedes-Benz Travego even further still: examples include the cornering light function and the new rain/light sensor. Further safety aspects include the use of durable LEDs as corner marker lights above the windscreen.
The face of the Travego: front bumper sporting a new design
The introduction of the new-generation Mercedes-Benz Travego marks a series of subtle changes to the exterior. It is instantly recognisable by its new front bumper. The form of the new-look bumper corners and the new, integral fog lamps emphasise the Travego’s dynamism. A bonded windscreen further adds to the elegance of the Travego’s front end as it allows the rubber-strip surround to be dispensed with.
All-new cockpit design geared even more towards the driver
The Travego cockpit boasts an all-new design which is geared even more towards the driver and makes for an exceptionally ergonomic workplace offering maximum appeal. Both the speedometer and the rev counter are large dial-type gauges sporting a 3-D look and chrome surrounds. They flank a large colour display on which a vast range of data can be shown. It is operated via keys on the new four-spoke multifunction steering wheel.
The joystick-style shift lever boasts a new shape. What’s more, its installation position has been optimised. Above the shift lever, positioned directly in the driver’s field of vision, there is a permanently-installed navigation screen. The control consoles for the audio and video system, air conditioning and digital tachograph are located at the top of the centre console.
Six-cylinder in-line engine with additional output rating
An additional engine variant has been added to the line-up in the shape of the Mercedes-Benz OM 457 LA six-cylinder in-line unit with a displacement of 12.0 litres, an output of 335 kW (456 hp) and an impressive torque of 2200 Nm. This powerplant ensures outstandingly capable performance and, thanks to BlueTec engine technology, is also exceptionally economical.
New: Mercedes PowerShift eight-speed automated transmission
The new Mercedes GO 240-8 PowerShift automated transmission has been purpose-developed for installation in buses and coaches. With eight speeds, the trans­mission covers the entire spectrum from precise manoeuvring at inching speed to low and fuel-saving rpm at motorway speed. In contrast to other transmissions in this performance class, the GO 240-8 PowerShift transmission’s gear-ratio steps are progressive, ensuring near-perfect power link-up when changing gear.
As before, the OM 457 LA engine with a displacement of 12.0 litres and an output of 315 kW (428 hp) now comes as standard. There is also the option of the OM 502 LA V8 powerplant with a displacement of 15.9 litres and an output of 350 kW (476 hp). All of the engines are available as Euro 5 version. The Travego comes as standard with a six-speed manual unit.
Chassis: new trailing axle with independent wheel suspension
Major new features have been incorporated into the chassis. One of the focal points of the three-axle models is the new trailing axle with independent wheel suspension, whose advantages include improved track guidance, smoother suspension characteristics and a design that is around 150-kg lighter.
All variants of the Travego benefit from modified front-axle mountings that are even more effective at preventing thumping noises. What’s more, the axle is more smoothly sprung. Standard equipment for the Travego now also includes electronic level control. Another new feature of the Travego chassis is the pitch and roll control system, now available as special equipment. It ensures continuously variable control of the shock absorber characteristics as a function of the driving situation and the vehicle load.
New interior, monitors with 19-inch screen diagonal
The new-generation Mercedes-Benz Travego is more comfortable than ever, not least thanks to large monitors with a 19-inch screen diagonal, which afford passengers an unhindered view of films or television programmes from any seat. In addition to this, the ceiling and the luggage racks have been redesigned.
The model year 2009 range
Like its forerunner, the range of Travego models comprises three high-deck touring coaches: the Travego (two axles, 12.18-metres long), the Travego M (three axles, 13.0-metres long) and the Travego L (three axles, 14.03-metres long).
The Mercedes-Benz Travego at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover
At the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Mercedes-Benz will be unveiling the Travego’s many new features as a world premiere in the shape of a three-axle Travego M model measuring 13 metres in length.
In addition to this, the show stand also features models and exhibits highlighting the functions of new safety systems such as Active Brake Assist and the Front Collision Guard.

Mercedes-Benz Tourismo: the number one
  • Four high-deck touring coaches covering every requirement
  • New: Mercedes PowerShift automated manual transmission
The Mercedes-Benz Tourismo has established itself as the undisputed leader in its class on the European market. This is down to the vehicle's clear positioning as an extremely economical and safe touring coach with numerous variants. With four practical high-deck touring coaches varying between 12.1 m and 14 m in length and featuring both two and three axles, the Tourismo line-up has this entire segment covered. The power output of the economical in-line six-cylinder engines ranges from 260 kW (354 hp) up to 315 kW (428 hp). They are available in both Euro 4 and Euro 5 versions.
New: Mercedes PowerShift automated manual transmission
From spring 2009 onwards, the Tourismo will be available with the option of the new Mercedes GO 240-8 PowerShift eight-speed automated transmission as an alternative to the standard-specification six-speed manual transmission. The transmission covers every requirement from precise manoeuvring to low, fuel-saving engine speeds when travelling at speed on the motorway. The partially progressive gear ratio steps ensure near-perfect power link-up when changing gear.
Safety has been made a top priority. All models feature the Electronic Braking System, disc brakes all round, the anti-lock braking system, acceleration skid control, Brake Assist, cruise control, a retarder, the Continuous Braking Limiter and, perhaps most importantly, the Electronic Stability Program (ESP).
The Tourismo at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover
Measuring 12.1 m long, the two-axle model on display at the show demonstrates the capabilities of the economic miracle known as the Tourismo. The high-deck touring coach's specification includes the OM 457 hLA engine developing 300 kW (408 hp). The meteor gold metallic paint finish emphasises the vehicle’s elegance.
Mercedes-Benz Integro: for every day
  • Economical bus for rural-service routes and excursions
  • New: engines compliant with EEV emission standard
The Integro has established itself as an economical and robust specialist bus for rural-service routes. With lengths varying from 12.1 to 14.9 metres, it covers the entire spectrum from short suburban routes to long-distance rural routes. It is also eminently suitable for use as an excursion bus.
New: engines compliant with EEV emission standard
Whereas the Integro was previously already available with Euro 4 and Euro 5 engines featuring BlueTec technology, powerplants which comply with the even more stringent EEV emission standard can now be ordered as special equipment. In this case, the Integro is fitted with a closed particulate filter. Otherwise, the engine line-up remains unchanged: all models feature the OM 457 hLA in-line six-cylinder engine with power ratings varying from 220 kW (299 hp) up to 300 kW (408 hp).
Special seats for rural-service buses
Designed specifically for rural-service buses, the Inter-Star Eco passenger seats can be ordered with a choice of backrest heights. Impressive features include the upholstery and the shape with its slender head restraint, while the curved seat anchorage on the aisle side gives passengers plenty of room to move when getting into or out of their seats. The Integro can also be ordered with touring-coach seats as an option.
The Integro at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover
Measuring 12.1 metres in length, the vehicle on show emphasises the bus’s economic and passenger-friendly credentials for operation on rural-service routes. Equipment includes a lift at the centre door and a demountable platform with airline-style floor rails in the pram area.
Mercedes-Benz Citaro: one record after another
  • New: Citaro G with individual CapaCity design as an option
  • "Blue Angel" environmental award for diesel and natural-gas drive
  • Hybrid and fuel-cell drive based on the Citaro
Since entering series production in 1998, the Mercedes-Benz Citaro low-floor regular-service bus has broken one record after another. There are more than 20,000 on the road in almost all of Europe's major cities. The line-up consists of 24 variants, including the Citaro K compact low-floor bus measuring 10.5 metres in length to the Citaro derivative in the shape of the 19.54-metre-long CapaCity, a large-capacity articulated bus.
New Metro Design Kit: Citaro G based on the design of the CapaCity
New special equipment for the Citaro G includes the Metro Design Kit, which is also available for the large CapaCity bus, comprising a swept-back front panel at the front end, side panelling for the roof attachments, masked wheels on the rear axles, side windows with a low-edged appearance and a modified rear-end look.
"Blue Angel" environmental award for diesel and natural-gas drive
The standard-fit engines for the Mercedes-Benz Citaro are Euro 4 powerplants based on ecofriendly and economical BlueTec diesel technology. Power outputs range from 210 kW (286 hp) to 260 kW (354 hp). As an alternative, the Citaro can be supplied with diesel engines offering compliance with the EU's Euro 5 emission standard as special equipment. Further options available for the Citaro include horizontal engines and a diesel particulate filter to meet the requirements of the even stricter EEV standard.
Citaro models with Euro 5 and EEV engines can be ordered with the "Blauer Umweltengel" (Blue Angel environmental award) seal of approval as an option. Alternatively, customers can opt for the Citaro CNG with natural-gas drive, which is also available bearing the "Blue Angel" seal of approval.
Hybrid and fuel-cell drive based on the Citaro
At the turn of the year, the Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid – an articulated bus featuring a technically advanced serial hybrid drive system – is due to start a series of customer tests. It allows ecofriendly and quiet emission-free operation in battery mode only on parts of the route. Maintenance-free lithium-ion batteries mounted on the roof of the Citaro store the electrical power. The actual drive power supplied to the wheels of the Citaro hybrid is provided by four electric wheel-hub motors on the centre and rear axles of the vehicle, each with an output of 80 kW.
A fleet of 36 buses with fuel-cell drive, based on the Citaro, was formed between 2003 and 2006. During road tests in twelve fleets in Europe, China and Australia, these buses delivered proof of this drive system's practicality. Several cities have asked for a prolonged extension of the two-year test. The vehicles have clocked up a combined total of more than 2 million kilometres and 132,000 operating hours.
The Mercedes-Benz Citaro at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover
A 12-metre-long Citaro demonstrates the full range of the bestseller's capabilities. The OM 457 hLA engine develops 220 kW (299 hp) and is compliant with the EEV emission standard. A Citaro with fuel-cell drive produced in 2003 is testimony to the capabilities of the zero-emission drive system. By the end of May 2008, this three-door solo bus had clocked up around 70,000 kilometres on the road.
In the open-air area in front of the hall, there will be a prototype Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid with an innovative drive system on display at a stylised bus stop. Right next to this, the CapaCity model bridges the gap to ecofriendly, cost-effective and quickly implementable BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) systems.
Mercedes-Benz CapaCity: successful giant
  • High-capacity regular-service bus: undisputed market leader
    in its segment
  • Proven and cost-effective components
More than 150 Mercedes-Benz CapaCity buses have gone into service since production got underway in spring 2007. The innovative high-capacity regular-service bus with its low-floor design has become the undisputed market leader in its segment. With four axles and just a single articulation joint, the CapaCity heralds a new chapter in the development of high-capacity urban regular-service buses and opens up the door for further BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) systems all over the world.
Proven and cost-effective components
The CapaCity is based on proven and cost-effective components from the Citaro. On the other hand, the exterior design alone indicates that this particular urban regular-service bus is in a special class of its own. Measuring 19.54 metres in length, the CapaCity can carry up to 193 passengers, features four double-width doors for fast passenger turnover and, at the same time, can be used as a conventional articulated bus on account of its exceptional manoeuvrability and handling dynamics. Special equipment available includes the eye-catching Metro Design Kit consisting of a swept-back front panel at the front end, side panelling for the roof attachments, masked wheels on the rear axles, side windows with a low-edged appearance and a fresh look at the rear end.
Power comes courtesy of a six-cylinder in-line engine with a displacement of 12.0 litres and 260 kW (354 hp). The environmentally compatible and economical Euro 4/Euro 5/EEV turbodiesel powerplant with BlueTec diesel technology drives the third axle.
The Mercedes-Benz CapaCity at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover
In the open-air area the CapaCity will demonstrate its suitability as a connecting link for modern transport systems. The body featuring four double-width electrically-operated hinged sliding doors is the same as that used for the Citaro.
Mercedes-Benz minibuses: extensive range with maximum capability
  • Full range of rural-service, urban and touring minibuses
  • Premiere: upgraded Sprinter City 65 low-floor minibus
Mercedes-Benz Minibus GmbH in Dortmund – an EvoBus subsidiary – can meet practically every requirement in the growing market for small buses with its Sprinter Transfer, Sprinter Travel, Sprinter City and Sprinter Mobility.
Premiere: upgraded Sprinter City 65 low-floor minibus
For the new model year, the range-topping Sprinter City 65 with its unique body features a wealth of modifications. By way of example, the developers have enlarged the low-floor zone, rising slightly towards the rear axle, meaning that the higher floor at the rear can be accessed easily via a single step. The first seat row is now in the low-floor area. The minbus can accommodate up to 30 passengers.
Sprinter Transfer/Travel, Mobility: a multitude of variants
The Sprinter Transfer is ideal for rural-service routes, for use as a shuttle or for day trips. Comprising five base models, the line-up offers a choice of four different lengths from 5.9 m to 7.7 m and four different weights. The Mercedes-Benz minibus range is topped out by the Sprinter Travel models, which offer a high level of comfort for excursions, touring and shuttle services. The flagship Sprinter Travel 65 model boasts its own unique body. The Sprinter Mobility is tailor-made for transporting passengers with restricted mobility.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter City 65 at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover
The Sprinter City 65 underlines its impeccable credentials with a large low-floor platform, air suspension, a ticket-counter unit, a destination indicator with an LED matrix, classification to EU Directive 2001/85 Class 1.
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