The Mercedes-Benz Bus Days (Mercedes-Benz Omnibustage or MOT) are a get-together for the bus industry held every two years. At the event, private bus operators and public transport users can find out about the latest bus products, services and trends.
The MOT was held in the “bus city” of Mannheim this year from 7 to 11 November. The event was attended by more than 6200 visitors from more than 20 countries. The highlights of the Bus Days included the bus range from Mercedes-benz, which has been entirely converted to Euro VI, the service portfolio, used buses and the Mercedes-Benz Symposium.
The roughly 3500 m2 of exhibition space was used to present the latest releases from Mercedes-Benz alongside a fascinating supporting programme. There were ten vehicles on show, representing everything from the Sprinter minibuses and two variants of the Citaro, the completely overhauled Intouro and the Tourismo including the new, compact Tourismo K with a total length of 10.32 m, through to the Travego, the ultimate touring coach in the Mercedes-Benz range. The entire range of buses has been converted to the future Euro VI emissions standard. Since the first series-production touring coach, the Travego Edition 1, was delivered last year, more than 1000 Daimler Bus Euro VI buses have been put on the road. This is set to rise to around 1700 urban buses and touring coaches by the end of the year.
Visitors also had the opportunity to test drive a number of Mercedes-Benz buses. But in addition to new vehicles, used buses are also an important part of the MOT. The new BusStore used bus brand offers a large selection of buses featuring a variety of ages and brands. Finally, the bus range is rounded off by Omniplus with its individual service agreements. After all, for Daimler Buses, the bus business also centres around the service provided after a bus has been sold.
“Next Generation BUSiness” – new technology and new ideas
“Next Generation BUSiness”, the motto of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Bus Days, combines the words “bus” and “business”, and refers to the new business ideas that companies can take with them from the event. It also refers to the new generation of buses following the transition to the approaching Euro VI emissions standard. The new buses offer an exemplary combination of economy and ecology.
The highlight of the MOT was the Mercedes-Benz Symposium. This is where experts presented the public transport trends of tomorrow and discussed them with visitors. There was significant interest in the presentation by Wiener Linien (an Austrian transport operator), which spent two years testing 28 models with a range of different propulsion systems on its bus lines before ultimately opting for the Mercedes-Benz brand.
Also of interest was the presentation by public transport specialist Professor Dr.-Ing. Ralph Pütz from Landshut University of Applied Sciences. He investigated and compared the actual emissions produced by articulated buses in accordance with Euro VI and Euro V. He found that, when implemented perfectly from a technical perspective, Euro VI is even cleaner than indicated by the published thresholds.
Dr Manfred Schuckert, responsible for Corporate Strategy, Emissions and Safety for Commercial Vehicles at Daimler, took a look into the future at lawmakers’ expectations up to 2025.
Gustav Tuschen, Head of Development at Daimler Buses, talked about the potential and opportunities for conventional drive systems in commercial vehicles.
“We take our responsibility as bus manufacturers seriously, and work to offer the best and most cost-effective products in order to work today on the public transport issues of tomorrow. Today’s symposium allows us to take a look at current developments and the future of the bus in the more general context of public transport”, said Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses.
Source: Mercedes-Benz Buses