Major landmark for the Mercedes-Benz Citaro, the world’s best-selling city bus: Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses, and Ulrich Bastert, Head of Marketing, Sales and Customer Services Daimler Buses, today handed over the 50 000th Citaro to Wiener Linien. The Austrian capital’s transport company has been switching its fleet to Mercedes-Benz since placing a first large order for 221 buses four years ago. This year, Wiener Linien takes delivery of another 59 city buses sporting the Mercedes star. The Citaro celebrates a double landmark this year: the first generation of the worldwide bestseller was unveiled 20 years ago. Since then, the world’s top-selling city bus has been a step ahead thanks to continuous innovations in terms of economy, low emissions, comfort and safety.

Citaro: part of the solution to traffic problems in cities
Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses: “For 20 years the successful Citaro has been the dominant urban regular-service bus in Europe and far beyond. The clean, efficient and safe Citaro city bus is our answer to the traffic problems in towns and cities. The new Citaro hybrid, for example, demonstrates that we are continuously further developing the Citaro.”

50 000th Mercedes-Benz Citaro: the key milestones
The first generation of the low-floor Citaro revolutionised the urban bus scene back in 1997. The attractive outer skin concealed state-of-the-art technology with CAN data bus, all-round disc brakes as well as an inviting passenger compartment with cantilever seats and curved grab rails – a model for entire generations of urban buses. The Citaro has since been made more attractive than ever thanks to continuous further development.

This refers, for example, to the wide model range of the current generation with its attractively and dynamically styled body and large window areas. With the rigid Citaro, the articulated Citaro G, the compact Citaro K, the low-entry Citaro LE, the rural-service Citaro Ü/GÜ and the Citaro-based CapaCity/ CapaCity L large-capacity articulated buses – the model range meets every requirement.

In addition, numerous customised versions and special-purpose vehicles have demonstrated the flexibility of the concept. Expo buses in Hanover, comfortable track-guided buses and BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) variants have been and are the basis for innovative transport models. As the world’s largest ambulance, one special version for Dubai even made its way into the Guinness Book of Records.

The Citaro is a true cosmopolitan: it can be found in large numbers in almost all European cities, in Turkey, in Mexico, on the Arabian peninsula, in Singapore and Japan, even on the island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean. This year, for example, Mercedes-Benz reported an order for 600 Citaro for the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh.

Source: Daimler AG