Beginning on May 1, 2013, 159 new-generation Mercedes-Benz Citaro urban buses will be providing comfortable, environmentally compatible passenger transport in the Hungarian capital of Budapest.

Daimler Buses landed the major order in early November 2012, and will begin delivering the first urban buses to Budapest in April 2013. The contract is the biggest order to date for the new generation of Mercedes-Benz urban buses. The vehicles were ordered by Hungary’s largest private bus company, VT Transman, which operates both regional and municipal bus lines.

All of the 159 Mercedes-Benz Citaro urban buses comply with the EEV emission standard and will be produced at the two EvoBus plants in Mannheim and Neu-Ulm. The vehicles are being produced by both plants because of the short six-month period between the placing of the order and the delivery of the first buses.

“This major order from Budapest is a big success for us and shows that the new Mercedes-Benz Citaro is the best product on offer as far as our customers are concerned,” says Till Oberwörder, Managing Director of Marketing, Sales & Aftersales at Daimler Buses. “An order of this magnitude is strong proof that our customers are highly satisfied with our buses when it comes to quality, environmental compatibility and reliability.”

The order for a total of 159 urban buses encompasses 80 articulated buses and 79 solo vehicles of the new-generation Mercedes-Benz Citaro. The articulated buses are 18 meters long and have four doors, while the solo vehicles are 12 meters long and have three doors. Thanks to the buses’ low-floor design, elderly and physically challenged people can easily get in and out of the vehicles or use the wheelchair ramp. In addition, the Citaros are fitted with cameras for monitoring the passenger area and the outside of the vehicle. These fuel-efficient, low-emission buses are equipped with the environmentally friendly Mercedes-Benz BlueTec diesel technology and meet the EEV emission standard.

Daimler Buses is the world’s leading manufacturer of buses and bus chassis of over eight tons GVW. In 2011, Daimler Buses employed approximately 17,500 people around the world and sold nearly 40,000 buses and bus chassis. Its product range covers urban and intercity buses as well as travel coaches, and includes everything from minibuses to double-deckers — with different engines and equipment features available for all vehicles. The European bus business is managed by EvoBus GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG.

Source: Daimler AG