Stuttgart / Zagreb / Hanover – Thanks to its economical and consistently practical drive concept the Citaro hybrid emerged a convincing winner in this year's Bus Euro test in Zagreb, sweeping aside competition from fully-electric rivals. In particular, the international jury of experts rated the vehicle ahead of the competition by some distance in the categories covering economy, innovation, quality and user-friendliness. Special attention was drawn to the fact that the new hybrid technology is offered with the choice of either a diesel or a petrol engine for all models across an extremely wide range of urban buses. With this technology the already exceptionally economical combustion engines from Mercedes-Benz benefit from a further significant increase in efficiency.
Together with its new "intelligent eco" electro-hydraulic steering, the Citaro hybrid further reduces the fuel consumption of the Citaro, already famed for its efficiency, by up to 8.5 percent. The objective being pursued by the buses with the new hybrid technology is clear: minimal modifications to the basic vehicle combined with achieving maximum fuel efficiency. Added to which, the Citaro hybrid is light, reasonably priced, and unproblematic for drivers and workshops alike.
"With the Citaro hybrid we are now enabling operators to meet high environmental standards and at the same time work extremely economically. We see our hybrid technology as the natural choice for transport companies who believe in low-emission vehicles," says Till Oberwörder, Head of Daimler Buses.