Mercedes-Benz, after entering the inter city bus segment successfully with its 2 and 3 xle buses, has now entered the city bus segment. Mercedes-Benz India also announced the inauguration of its City Bus manufacturing facility in Chakan, Pune. Another important announcement cam in the form of the appointment of Daimler also announced the appointment of Mr. Markus Villinger as the Head of Buses for India. With rich experience in Commercial Vehicles business with Daimler, Mr. Villinger will take over the Operations and will be responsible for overall bus business of India with immediate effect.
The new city bus from M-B redefines comfortable intra city travel in India with its features and technology. Some of the key features of the new bus are:
The Mercedes-Benz City Bus has contemporary design that sets new standards in the city bus segment in India. The interior is eequally appealing with low entry design for ease of entry and exit for passengers. The unique low entry design coupled with wheel chair ramp of the City Bus ensures that passengers with restricted mobility can get onboard without difficulty.
The quality cushioning, multiple charging points, powerful air-conditioning and the destination board add on to the comfort and convenience of the passengers. The driver’s cabin is smart, ergonomical and safe with pneumatic seats and all important switches are conveniently accessible on the panel.
The low entry City Bus is powered by OM 926 Diesel engine with 252 hp of power, 900Nm of torque and features highly economical drive system using BlueTec ® diesel technology.
Suspension and ride quality:
The new Mercedes-Benz bus rides on a state-of-the-art air suspension for superior passenger comfort.
The new city bus from M-B has long maintenance interval and significantly reduces the downtime which makes the Mercedes-Benz City Bus an ideal choice for operators.
Mercedes-Benz’s quality standards in product development have created benchmark and reinforces Daimler’s prowess in bus manufacturing. This City Bus is the result of a multi stage development and testing process. The City Bus has gone through rough road testing and endurance testing along with overall performance testing and fine-tuning.
The City Bus fully complies with the requirements of bus body code, which aims at regulating the diverse Indian bus body building landscape to ensure high passenger and driver safety. Mercedes-Benz City Bus is the first bus to be certified with bus body code certification in India.
The base version of the Mercedes-Benz City Bus is priced at INR 9,000,000 ex-factory Pune.
Indicating the high focus for the Indian market, Mr. Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses, commented, “Our 2-axle and 3-axle buses have been very well received in the Indian market. Our foray into city buses will now enable more and more people to ‘Travel with the Star’. We will participate in the Indian market growth by expanding our bus business with a superior-quality low-entry city bus for the Indian market. The Mercedes-Benz City Bus we present today is hence key for Daimler Buses’ strategy for India. As the inventors of buses and one of the largest bus makers of the world, we are confident that our solutions will appeal to the demanding Indian customers”.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Markus Villinger, Head of Daimler Buses India commented, “India is a fascinating market and there is a rising demand for robust, reliable and efficient city bus transportation. Our City Bus is designed to fulfill these requirements. The respect for brand Mercedes-Benz in India is legendary, and we shall try to deliver as far the expectation of our discerning customers and their passengers in India. Our production line at the Pune plant combined with body-building from our captive partner MCV, will ensure our uncompromising standards of quality are maintained in India. I am extremely excited to be part of this growth story and hope together we can realize our ambition to make more people in India ‘Travel with the Star’.