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Low consumption speaks for itself. And for many decision makers, fuel consumption is the most impor tant aspect when buying a new coach – ideal conditions for the Tourismo.

Innovative drive technology, modern driver assistance systems and the lowest wind resistance in its class – the new Mercedes-Benz Tourismo reduces fuel consumption significantly compared to its previous model. Experienced coach testers and trade journalists have already confirmed the Tourismo’s outstanding economy. The winner of the renowned International Bus & Coach Competition (IBC) 2018 thus achieved exemplary consumption figures when tested: just 20.72 litres of diesel over 100 kilometres are used by the six-cylinder engine of a Tourismo M/2.

Eco Champ 2018.
Proud medal winner: Walter Marini from Walterbus in Italy.

Proud medal winner: Walter Marini from Walterbus in Italy.

Even more important, however, are the figures achieved in routine operations on the road. So why not just ask the drivers? Or, even better, why not pit them against each other in a competition? This brilliant idea resulted in the “Tourismo Eco Champ 2018” – a European-wide search for the most economical Tourismo driver of the Mercedes-Benz doubledecker coach, which is sold in 40 countries.

The winners have been decided – and with them, particularly low consumption figures, which confirm the tests by the manufacturer and the IBC. Grading took place in four categories covering all versions of the wide range of Tourismo models – from the 12.3-metre-long two-axle base model through to the 13.9-metre-long three-axle Tourismo L.


Walter Marini from Walterbus in Italy achieved the lowest value across all categories with an average consumption of 19.2 litres of diesel (Tourismo model). The 24 Buteo Busservice Behrendt drivers from Kloster Lehnin in Brandenburg also proved to be big fuel-saving experts: their average consumption of just 21.7 litres of diesel was achieved under real conditions over 94,000 kilometres with the three-axle Tourismo L.

As prizes, the winning teams were given an Eco Champ medal and an exclusive 22-speed Mercedes-Benz mountain bike with extra-light carbon frame. The search for the “Tourismo Eco Champ 2019” is also expected in the coming travel season – because the hunt for the lowest consumption will never go out of fashion.

Group photo with mountain bike: the German team of winners from Buteo Busservice Behrendt. From left to right: Jürgen Popis (Mercedes-Benz), Henryk Iwaniak (Buteo), Stefan Behrendt (Behrendt), Ivonne Behrendt (Behrendt), Ralf Hochuli (Mercedes-Benz), Simone Kausmann (Behrendt).

Group photo with mountain bike: the German team of winners from Buteo Busservice Behrendt. From left to right: Jürgen Popis (Mercedes-Benz), Henryk Iwaniak (Buteo), Stefan Behrendt (Behrendt), Ivonne Behrendt (Behrendt), Ralf Hochuli (Mercedes-Benz), Simone Kausmann (Behrendt).