Mercedes-Benz Bus and Coach Show 2011 in Mannheim: ‘125! years of innovation’ – the modern meets the classical
Nov 22, 2011
Mercedes-Benz Bus and Coach Show 2011 in Mannheim: ‘125! years of innovation’ – the modern meets the classical
Outstanding new products and features; a unique events programme
Mannheim – The date is now a firm fixture in the diaries both of private coach operators and of local public transport experts. In odd-numbered years, when there is no IAA International Commercial Vehicle Show, specialists in this sector from all over Europe bring themselves up-to-date at the Mercedes-Benz Bus and Coach Show in Mannheim in mid-November.
This year, these visitors are being drawn to the show by new products and features such as the Mercedes-Benz Travego Edition 1, boasting a completely new Euro VI power train, and the totally new Citaro. There is also an attractive supporting programme with its already traditional and unique mixture of information and entertainment. In addition to the presentations by highly-qualified experts during the Mercedes-Benz symposium, visitors can benefit from all-round sound advice on services and vehicle engineering plus information for tour operators. Our partners, the component suppliers, are also represented at the show.
Potential purchasers of pre-owned vehicles will also find what they are looking for; close to the event centre, in the Mannheim plant’s delivery hall, is the pre-owned bus and coach centre featuring a comprehensive range of coaches with operational experience.
‘125! years of innovation’ in the inventor’s home town
This year, Mercedes-Benz Buses and Coaches will be welcoming around 5,000 visitors from over 20 countries to the show. The event will mark the anniversary year of the automobile with the slogan: ‘125! years of innovation’. In the home town of Carl Benz, the inventor of the automobile, this has particular resonance: 125 years ago, Benz invented the automobile and ten years later the coach. From these beginnings, a unique tradition and a vast fund of know-how have grown up, providing a platform for a raft of new models from Mercedes-Benz Buses and Coaches in this automobile anniversary year.
The external appearance of numerous exhibition vehicles takes up the automobile birthday theme. At the same time, it shows just how attractive and imaginative coach design can be.
A replica of Carl Benz’s first automobile – the Patented Benz Motor Car of 1886 – in the entrance hall and the display illustrating the milestones in the history of coach development act as links between the present and the past and underline the uniqueness and the fascination of the Mercedes-Benz brand.
However, neither nostalgia nor an evocation of the past is the main purpose of the Mercedes-Benz Bus and Coach Show. Instead, a glance at the origins and the key points in the development of these vehicles will allow visitors to appreciate more keenly the outstanding characteristics, both today and tomorrow, of the buses and coaches with the three-pointed star.
A complete product range to inspect and test drive
The new Mercedes-Benz buses and coaches, on display in some 3,500 m² of exhibition space in the extended delivery hall, represent a comprehensive cross section of the Mercedes-Benz full-line portfolio. City buses, inter-urban buses and coaches for short excursions and lengthier tours cover every operator’s requirements. The exhibition vehicles range from the mini to the maxi, from the compact minibus to the 14-metre-long Travego.
The entire product range will be drawn up in the open-air section ready for inspection and test drives. One of the highlights of this fleet will be the Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid, able to drive some ten kilometres under purely electric power and thus practically emission-free locally.
Inside the plant, visitors can also take a ride that is virtually free of noise and exhaust gas emissions in the Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid; this bus marks another important milestone for Mercedes-Benz on the path to emission-free driving. Also highly regarded is the Travego Safety Coach, which features numerous exemplary safety devices. Visitors will be able to see, discover and experience the whole product range; even the new Mercedes-Benz Citaro will be available for test drives.
Well-maintained pre-owned vehicles in the Pre-Owned Coach Centre and a wide range of services
In parallel with the impressive phalanx of new vehicles, the adjacent Pre-Owned Coach Centre will be displaying a variety of well-maintained and carefully refurbished pre-owned vehicles of all brands and models for particularly cost-conscious purchasers. Large numbers of these vehicles await visitors.
A further central feature of the show is the unique and wide range of Omniplus services for the bus sector. At the Mercedes-Benz Bus and Coach Show, Omniplus will explain to visitors the benefits of the Omniplus basic and premium ServiceCards, the service network, the training courses available, the range of pre-owned vehicles, the bus-specific financing and insurance services and the many other services on offer to bus and coach operators.
Partner firms, service providers and suppliers are also on hand
In addition, visitors to the Mercedes-Benz Bus and Coach Show can learn what numerous partner companies, service providers and suppliers have to offer. The Mercedes-Benz Bank, for example, will advise on tailor-made financing options. In conjunction with selected providers, the Mercedes-Benz Buses and Coaches design studio can offer suggestions for the exterior and interior design of buses and coaches.
At the show, visitors will discover new ideas for onboard galleys and drink and snack dispensers as well as knowledgeable representatives of companies supplying automatic transmissions – the information on offer from partner companies of Mercedes-Benz Buses and Coaches is wide-ranging.
Our tourism partners can give coach operators professional advice on tours to France and Italy. Regional offers include tours of the Palatinate region and Mannheim. All these partners, like the German Coach Comfort Quality Association (gbk), have contributed to the show’s extensive and attractive supporting programme.
There’s no shortage of entertainment, either
The range of culinary delights to sample reflects the event’s motto. Guided tours of the plant, childcare provided by Genius – Daimler’s young knowledge community, live music from different periods, a nostalgia cinema showing historical films of buses and coaches and numerous other activities round off the programme.
The Mercedes-Benz symposium with leading experts
On 16 November, the Mercedes-Benz symposium for transport companies will be led, as always, by highly-qualified experts. The presentation entitled, ‘Local public transport and the conflicting priorities of politics and the economy’, to be given by Winfried Hermann, the Baden-Württemberg minister for transport and infrastructure, is awaited with great interest. Günter Elste, CEO of Hamburger Hochbahn AG, will look ahead to the future of transport companies and present ‘The elevated railway strategy 2030’. Richard Averbeck, Head of Product Engineering at EvoBus, will devote his presentation to ‘Climate change and cost pressures: is local public transport being squeezed?’ Angela Titzrath-Grimm, Head of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales at Daimler Buses, will be opening the symposium and Roman Biondi, Brand Spokesman for Mercedes-Benz Buses and Coaches EvoBus GmbH, will summarise the presentations and look ahead to the future.
The vehicle exhibition: the modern meets the classical
In Mannheim, the home of the bus, particular importance is attached to the tradition of constructing vehicles, especially buses and coaches. The vehicles on display show that the tradition of inventing and developing has continued seamlessly to the present day, reaffirming a favourite saying of the automotive pioneer Gottlieb Daimler: “inventing is a passion that never fades”.
This ‘passion for inventing’ finds a practical expression in the current Mercedes-Benz bus and coach models. The exterior design of many of the vehicles on display suggests an immediate link between the modern and the classical, between the ultra-modern engineering in today’s buses and coaches and highlights from the historical development of these vehicles. Attractive classic vehicles provide some delightful contrasts.
Mercedes-Benz coaches
The broad range of coaches from the same stable emphasises the claim of
Mercedes-Benz Buses and Coaches to be a full-line manufacturer. The range extends from the Sprinter Travel minibus to the Travego premium high-decker coach. The Sprinter Travel 45, 55 and 65 models cover a wide spectrum, from the functional body to the unmistakably avant-garde appearance of the individually designed body. Common to all of them is the wealth of
Mercedes-Benz expertise in bus and coach development, construction and service.
After the minibuses comes the compact Mercedes-Benz Tourino. An impressive feature of this rear-engine midibus is its high-quality engineering. The exterior and interior take their lead from the brand’s high-decker coaches. Topping the sales figures is the Tourismo, the particularly economical bestseller within Europe, available in three lengths and in 12, 13 and 14 m axle configurations. The Tourismo high-decker coach forms the link to the inter-urban buses.
Two parallel models of the Mercedes-Benz Travego premium high-decker coach will make their simultaneous appearance in the new model year. This well-proven model, available in three lengths, 12, 13 and 14 m, will be joined by the Travego Edition 1, consisting of two three-axled vehicles, 13 m and 14 m long respectively. Notable features are primarily the new Euro VI 12.8 litre six-cylinder in-line engine, the new fully-automated eight-gear transmission, a new electronics structure and an upgraded cockpit. Mercedes-Benz Buses and Coaches will exhibit its complete range of coaches at the show.
The vehicles on display: Mercedes-Benz Travego Edition 1
Equipped with the new BlueEfficiency Power engine, a new transmission and meeting the Euro VI standard, the new Travego Edition 1 provides a glimpse of the future of the power train. The first Euro VI coach to make its appearance is the impressive three-axled Travego L, 14 metres long. The elegant pearl blue metallic paintwork conceals the new OM 471 rear-mounted six-cylinder in-line engine producing 350 kW (476 bhp) and a powerful 2300 Nm of torque. Power transmission is assumed by the new fully-automated Mercedes GO 250-8 PowerShift 3 transmission. Another new feature is the light but effective secondary water retarder. The impressive cockpit has been further refined and now boasts ideal ergonomics, user-friendliness and a striking appearance. The passenger compartment of the exhibition vehicle is fitted with Travel Star Xtra seats with Mercedes-Benz design Luxline upholstery. This equates to seating for 57 passengers, emphasising the cost-effectiveness of this top-of-the-line model.
Mercedes-Benz Tourismo ‘125! years of innovation’ special edition
To mark the anniversary year of the automobile, Europe’s undisputed bestselling high-decker coach, the Tourismo, has smartened itself up. On its flanks, four striking three-pointed stars symbolise the development of the Mercedes-Benz emblem; badges on the front and in the entrance refer to the birthday of the automobile; the brand logo on the steps is back-lit.
The night gold metallic paintwork lends an elegant appearance to the 12.14 m long two-axled coach; the 12.2 m long two-axled vehicle can accommodate 49 passengers in its Travel Star Xtra seats. The power train consists of the OM 457 hLA six-cylinder in-line engine producing 300 kW (408 bhp) and a maximum 1900 Nm of torque, and of the GO 240-8 PowerShift automated transmission.
Mercedes-Benz Tourino
The Mercedes-Benz Tourino on display demonstrates the company’s expertise in midibus design. The coach is both compact (length 9.35 m) and slimline (width 2.40 m) and enjoys impressive mobility. It is the yardstick for its class, equipped with a powerful rear-mounted engine, a front axle with independent wheel suspension to provide a smooth ride, and the Electronic Stability Program (ESP). The OM 926 LA engine generates 210 kW (286 bhp), with power being transmitted by a six-gear manual transmission. The paintwork of the display vehicle is the elegant Andorra blue metallic. The 30 Travel Star Xtra seats, the onboard galley and the toilet in the rear all add to the pleasing overall impression of the interior.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Travel 65
The Sprinter Travel 65 is impressive evidence of how big minibuses can be; it has every quality expected of a large coach. This 7.7 m long minibus is based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis. Its width is in line with the 1.99 m Sprinter format, giving the minibus a decisive bonus when it comes to ease of handling and manoeuvrability. The elegant bodywork features a panorama windscreen, generously-sized side windows and a separately-accessed coach-type rear end including luggage compartment door. The Travel Star Xtra seats with Luxline upholstery can accommodate 15 passengers. Its 5.45 t permissible gross weight ensures sufficient reserves of weight for passengers and luggage.
The V6-CDI OM 642 engine under the bonnet, which generates 140 kW (190 bhp), is a technical treat and unique in its class. The fully-automatic transmission suits it perfectly. Its safety equipment, including Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Telma retarder and xenon headlights, is as exemplary as its comfort features, which include air conditioning, convector heaters and auxiliary hot air and hot water heaters.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Travel 45
The Sprinter Travel 45 on display proves just how neatly a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with the original bodywork can be converted into an equally splendid yet functional minibus. This minibus, 7.35 m long and with a permissible gross weight of 5.0 t, is presented in brown gold metallic. It benefits from an enlarged entrance with swing-out door and electrically-operated step on the front-passenger side.
It accommodates 19 passengers on Travel Star Sprinter seats with Comfortline upholstery and adjustable backrests. Lowered wheel arches have provided greater legroom. The coach-style interior ceiling provides a link with the large Mercedes-Benz coaches. Luggage can be stowed in racks and in the more capacious luggage compartment in the rear. The air conditioning and convector heating systems ensure pleasant interior temperatures. The four-cylinder CDI engine producing 120 kW (163 bhp) runs powerfully and economically. It satisfies the requirements of the EEV emissions standard and is linked to a six-gear manual transmission.
Mercedes-Benz inter-urban buses
The Mercedes-Benz Buses and Coaches range of inter-urban buses caters for virtual every requirement. The practical Tourismo high-decker bus, with its coach-type features, is available as a two-axled vehicle in two lengths: 12.14 m and 12.98 m. It is a bus for everyday use, serving a broad segment from scheduled inter-urban services to excursions and short trips.
The Citaro inter-urban bus is a special inter-urban variant of the low-entry Citaro urban bus. It is being introduced into service now as a new Citaro inter-urban bus in solo and articulated versions (12.1 and 18.1 m long). Other length variants of the solobus will follow; however, for the time being, Mercedes-Benz Buses and Coaches will serve the market for these versions with models unchanged from its current range.
The Sprinter Transfer is the midibus all-rounder. It is available as a shuttle bus, for scheduled inter-urban services, school transport and excursions. This minibus is available as Sprinter models 23, 34, 35, 45 and 55 and in lengths from 5.91 to 7.67 m.
The Mercedes-Benz Integro is the specialist vehicle for inter-urban services and occasional excursions and is available in two-axled and three-axled versions in three lengths from 12.14 m to 14.92 m.
The display vehicle: Mercedes-Benz Integro
The Mercedes-Benz Integro is the ideal bus for everyday use and for scheduled inter-urban services in particular. The display vehicle is very elegantly presented with meteor gold metallic paintwork including the attached parts and ornamental hub caps. Inside the 12.14 m long two-axled vehicle are 53 Travel Star Eco seats with adjustable backrests and folding armrests on the aisle side. When used for regular urban services, a platform opposite the double centre door can be demounted to create space for a pushchair.
The Integro is powered by an OM 457 hLA six-cylinder in-line engine producing 260 kW (354 bhp) and 1600 Nm of torque; power trans­mission is the task of its six-gear manual transmission. The engine satisfies the EEV emissions standard without a particulate filter. The vehicle is equipped with the Electronic Stability Program (ESP), emphasising the high safety standards typical of Mercedes-Benz.
Mercedes Benz scheduled service urban buses
The urban bus is synonymous with the Citaro, the world’s best-selling low floor scheduled service bus; with over 32,000 sold, it has attracted more attention than any other bus employed in this role. Numerous versions of this well-proven and ever-popular model series with its unique range of vehicles will continue to be built until Euro VI engines are installed. The range extends from the short Citaro K (10.5 m long) to the four-axled and 18.54 m long extra-large CapaCity articulated bus, derived from the Citaro. Mercedes-Benz also maintains its pioneering role in the development of particularly environmentally friendly alternative drives with the natural gas powered Citaro CNG, the Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid and the Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid.
The new Citaro will initially go into service as a 12.1 and 18.1 m long solobus. Its exterior and interior design, the driver-friendly cockpit, the new handrail concept inside plus its overall economic efficiency, all set new standards. The vehicle also benefits from hitherto unequalled levels of safety; this new Citaro is the first low floor bus to be fitted with the Electronic Stability Program (ESP). A further safety innovation is the crash element in the front end, protecting the driver in the event of a frontal collision.
For routes with a less frequent service or for off-peak periods, there is the Sprinter City. The range extends from the upgraded Sprinter City 35 with an original body, via the Sprinter City 65 with a specially-designed body to the 8.7 m long Sprinter City 77, a unique mini urban bus on a three-axled chassis. Common to all models is the passenger-friendly construction and close similarity in appearance and engineering to the Citaro. For carrying passengers with limited mobility, Mercedes-Benz Buses and Coaches can supply the specially equipped Sprinter Mobility 23 and 33 models.
The vehicles on display: the new Mercedes-Benz Citaro
The new Citaro forms the centrepiece of the Mercedes-Benz scheduled service urban buses. The show will feature the two-door version solobus. The maya gold metallic paintwork with matt finish gives it a highly polished image. Its numerous features include the new LED daytime running lights.
The surprise awaiting visitors inside the display vehicle is the wood-effect floor covering and the new handrail concept. Other well-proven components like the inward folding doors and the City Star Eco seats have been retained. Air conditioning systems for the passenger compartment and the driver’s area plus a fast-acting fan heater control the temperature inside. The front-opening door to the completely re-designed driver’s cab closes flush with the front structure.
Responsibility for tractive power is shared by the horizontal six-cylinder in-line OM 457 hLA engine, producing 220 kW (299 bhp) and 1250 Nm of torque and meeting the EEV emissions standard without a filter, and the fully-automatic ZF Ecolife transmission with torque converter.
Mercedes-Benz Citaro CNG
A natural gas Citaro CNG embodies the undoubted advantages of the classical Citaro. The ecofriendly fuel is stored in seven gas tanks on the roof. The 12.0 litre horizontal six-cylinder in-line OM 457 hLAG engine is mounted in the rear of the 12.0 m long Citaro CNG. At 240 kW (326 bhp) and 1250 Nm, the performance and tractive power of the supercharged power pack are on a level with turbodiesel engines. Power is transmitted to the rear axle by a ZF automatic transmission. It goes without saying that this natural gas bus achieved an EEV exhaust gas classification. The classic silver paintwork simply emphasises the Mercedes-Benz Citaro’s reputation as the classic urban bus.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter City 77
This is the giant-size minibus; the Sprinter 77 fills the gap between the minibuses and the compact Citaro K. The 8.7 m long Sprinter City 77 is based on a three-axled low floor chassis with air-sprung rear axles. Two double-width outward swinging doors and a kneeling function underline its suitability for use on scheduled urban bus services.
Its 6.8 t permissible gross weight allows for ten seats plus five folding seats in the low floor areas at the front and rear and room for 30 standing passengers. A panorama windscreen and the side panorama windows make it appear both open and elegant.
This impression is heightened by the glacier blue metallic paintwork of the display vehicle. With its smooth automatic transmission plus torque converter, the 120 kW (163 bhp), four-cylinder CDI engine is powerful and, at the same time, economical.
Fascinating classic buses and coaches from three eras
Three classic vehicles act as links between today’s ultra-modern buses and coaches and the unique history of Mercedes-Benz, the inventor of the bus, coach, truck and passenger car. As is appropriate for the anniversary year, the Mercedes-Benz O 319 D on display is also celebrating its birthday; it was built exactly 50 years ago. The O 319 D is the forerunner of all present-day midibuses and was produced by Mercedes-Benz from 1955 to 1968. Compact dimensions – length 4.92 m, width 2.08 m – and great comfort are combined in the O 319 D. Typical of the model are the two-tone paintwork, the fabric sliding roof, the glass panels at the roof edge, a cream-coloured steering wheel and red passenger seats.
The Mercedes-Benz O 6600 H is one of the outstanding vehicles in the history of coach design. One of its unusual features is the six-cylinder in-line engine from the legendary OM 315 series installed transversely in the rear and producing 107 kW (145 bhp). A technical treat is provided by the ZF media transmission; the six gears in this assembly are shifted electro-mechanically using a small steering-column control lever. As such, it is an early forerunner of the current Mercedes-Benz fully-automated PowerShift transmission. The 11-metre-long O 6600 H was built from 1951 to 1959, the model on display dating from 1953.
The oldest vehicle on display is a Mercedes-Benz Lo 3500 from 1936. At 75 years old, it is also celebrating a significant birthday. This red conventionally bonneted bus, operated by the German postal service, was powered by a diesel engine, not a matter of course at the time. The 7.4 litre OM 67 six-cylinder in-line engine produced 70 kW (95 bhp). At 8.65 m long and with a gross vehicle weight of 8.97 t, the bus could seat 21 passengers. Today, it would be classed as a midibus. The Lo 3500 model designation refers to a low frame chassis with a 3.5 t load capacity.
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