At the end of June, Daimler Buses handed the 1,000th Mercedes-Benz Citaro city bus to Bucharest’s mass transit company Regia Autonoma de Transport Bucuresti (RATB).

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Dr. Eckehard Stengel, Managing Director of EvoBus Romania, symbolically presented the keys to Bucharest’s Mayor Oprescu Tbilder at the festive opening of the new EvoBus Romania location. EvoBus is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Daimler AG.

“The new customer and service center in Bucharest underscores our commitment to Eastern Europe. We are proud of the successes our colleagues have achieved there such as the achievements in sales and the professional handling of all full-service and maintenance service contracts,” says Holger Suffel, Managing Director of Sales at EvoBus.

Daimler Buses has been represented in Romania since April 2006. It has sold around 1,200 buses in the country over the past three years, making it the clear market leader for buses with a market share of about 50 percent.

The 1,000th Mercedes-Benz Citaro for the Bucharest mass transit company is 12 meters long and provides seating for 27 passengers. The bus is equipped with a Euro 4-compliant BlueTec engine. The most recent delivery completes the major order from 2007 for 500 Citaro city buses. The Romanian capital ordered the first batch of 500 city buses of the Citaro type back in 2005. The low-floor city bus is manufactured at the German Mercedes-Benz bus plants in Mannheim and Ulm.

Besides trams and trolley buses, the RATB fleet consists of 1,500 buses, including 1,000 Mercedes-Benz Citaro city buses. In addition to serving urban areas, the Bucharest mass transit company operates a total of 51 rural service bus lines. Last year, buses accounted for about half of the passengers transported in Bucharest.

The new EvoBus Romania location in Bucharest was primarily selected because of its better accessibility for customers. On 12,000 m² of floor space the new service provides customers with further service and maintenance for Mercedes-Benz and Setra buses such as services 24 hours a day. The after-sales area provides also offers professional driver and technology training courses for customers and service partners. Around 90 men and women are employed at the new location.

Source: Daimler AG