Daimler India Commercial Vehicles today announced the start of sales of the BharatBenz staff buses with the handing over of the first set of buses to customers in Mumbai. The staff bus is the first of a range of efficient BharatBenz buses that is being offered commercially after its introduction at a grand launch event held earlier this year. The 9 tonne, 39 seaterBharatBenz staff bus is said to be fuel efficient and cost effective for staff travel and is claimed to offer “unprecedented level of safety standards”.
The BharatBenz staff bus comes with a patented ‘Aluminique’ profile and aerodynamic design for good fuel efficiency and strong structural stability. The front-engine bus features anti-lock braking system (ABS), front and rear anti-roll bars, fire retardant materials and strategically placed exits as safety measures.
The company’s bus plant at Oragadam, near Chennai produces BharatBenz and Mercedes-Benz buses and houses Wrightbus, an Ireland based body manufacturer within its premises. BharatBenz front-engine are meant for the value conscious customers and will meet the needs of school, staff and tourist transportation for intra-city travel. In parallel, the premium segment will continue to be addressed by Mercedes-Benz rear-engine buses for inter-city transportation. The bus plant manufactures buses with gross vehicle weight of 9, 16 and above 16 ton range. The plant has a capacity of 1,500 units per year scalable to 4,000 units.
Mr. Markus Villinger, Managing Director, Daimler Buses India handed over the keys to Mr. ManoharSakpal, Bhagirathi Transport, Mr. RylanButhello, ButhelloTravelsand Mr. Aldrin Lewis, Aaron Tours, marking the start of sales of BharatBenz buses in India.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Markus Villinger, Managing DirectorDaimler Buses India said, “We see great potential in the Indian market especially with the impetus of infrastructure and smart city projects. With the growing traffic in urban cities, employees spend a fair amount of time commuting to work. We want to provide a ride that is safe and comfortable for passengers and the driver.”