Swiss public transport operator PostBus Switzerland AG has taken delivery of its 500th Mercedes-Benz Citaro bus.
The milestone vehicle was handed over to Daniel Landolf, Member of the Executive Management at Swiss Post and Head of the Group unit PostBus, by Frank Scherhag and Armin Krieg, CEO and Head of Sales respectively for Mercedes-Benz Buses at EvoBus (Switzerland) AG, at Begnins in the Swiss Canton of Vaud on 4 December 2012.
Mercedes-Benz Citaro – a broad range of variants
From when production began in 1998, the Citaro has shown its versatility as an urban and regional-service bus in a broad range of variants in different lengths and with differing packages of equipment and appointments. The models operated by PostBus vary from the compact Citaro K, at 10.5 metres in length, to the three-axle 18-metre-long Citaro G articulated bus. For those variants where the emphasis is on maximising seating capacity, PostBus also uses the Citaro Low Entry model. Since late 2011, PostBus has been running five Citaro with fuel cell-hybrid drive systems.
The 500th bus, a Citaro G, bears the distinctive yellow/red livery of PostBus and is equipped with the traditional post horn. It is powered by an eco-friendly OM 457 hLA (260 kW) diesel engine and, with its closed-loop particulate filter, complies with the emissions standards Euro V as well as EEV (Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicle).
The interior of the 3-door Citaro G is designed to be light and attractive. The driver’s cockpit is in a cabin unit that keeps it completely separate from the passenger compartment Temperatures in the cockpit and passenger compartment can be controlled individually from a roof-mounted air conditioning system. Two double TFT monitors inside the bus provide information for passengers.
PostBus – the “yellow class”
PostBus Switzerland carries over 120 million passengers each year. With more than 3300 employees and a fleet of more than 2100 vehicles at its disposal – of which a third are Mercedes-Benz vehicles – PostBus is the leading bus company in Switzerland’s public transport network.
Source: Daimler AG