Mercedes-Benz launches first city bus in India

After its successful entry into the long-distance inter-city bus segment, with the introduction of the 2-axle and 3-axle coaches from Mercedes-Benz, the company has announced its foray into the city bus segment in India. Mercedes-Benz India also announced the inauguration of its city bus manufacturing facility in Chakan, Pune.

A city bus being manufactured at the Pune facility.

The decision to foray into the city bus segment in India is in the wake of Daimler’s consolidation of global leadership in bus business and its underlying commitment to the Indian bus market. The base version of the Mercedes-Benz City Bus is priced at Rs 9,000,000 (ex-factory Pune).

Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses, commented, “Our 2-axle and 3-axle buses have been very well-received in the Indian market. Our foray into city buses will now enable more and more people to ‘Travel with the Star’. We will participate in the growth of the Indian market by expanding our bus business with a superior-quality low-entry city bus for the market.

The Mercedes-Benz City Bus is hence key for Daimler Buses’ strategy for India. As the inventors of buses and one of the largest bus makers in the world, we are confident that our solutions will appeal to the demanding Indian customers.”

Daimler also announced the appointment of Markus Villinger as the Head of Buses for India. With rich experience in Commercial Vehicles business with Daimler, Villinger will take over the Operations and will be responsible for overall bus business of India with immediate effect.

Villinger commented, “India is a fascinating market and there is a rising demand for robust, reliable and efficient city bus transportation. Our City Bus is designed to fulfill these requirements. The respect for brand Mercedes-Benz in India is legendary, and we shall try to deliver as far the expectation of our discerning customers and their passengers in India. Our production line at the Pune plant combined with body-building from our captive partner MCV, will ensure our standards of quality.”

The Mercedes-Benz City Bus redefines the standards of city buses in terms of interiors, comfort, space and user friendliness. The high comforting cushioning, multiple charging points, powerful air-conditioning and the destination board add on to the comfort and convenience of the passengers.

The new City Bus is also thoughtful about the driver’s comfort and convenience resulting into a safer drive. The driver’s cabin is smart, ergonomical and safe with pneumatic seats and all important switches are conveniently accessible on the panel.
Built with high quality components, the Mercedes-Benz City Bus is backed up by stringent Mercedes-Benz quality at the same time it offers an unmatched economic package for the customers.

The low entry City Bus is powered by a proven and robust OM 926 Diesel engine with 252 hp of power and features highly economical drive system using BlueTec diesel technology and offers a wide choice of optional equipments making it an ideal vehicle addressing the growing public transport requirements.

State-of-the-art air suspension of the Mercedes-Benz City Bus increases the passenger comfort and the excellent stability and ride comfort of the City Bus is enhanced by  Mercedes-Benz bus-type air suspension. Similar to our concept in Mercedes-Benz coaches which is well appreciated by all our customers.

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