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With the latest model of its Sprinter City 75 series, Mercedes-Benz has won over the international specialist jury at this year’s Minibus Euro Test in Madrid. On the basis of the new Sprinter generation, a vehicle has been created which not only offers an impressive amount of space and numerous technological highlights but which also demonstrates how modern public transport with minibuses works.

Journalists were particularly keen to highlight the fact that the manufacturer has managed to create space for up to 38 passengers and has used the space available to them as efficiently as possible. By implementing the new high-load rear axle, the vehicle’s economic efficiency was again able to be drastically improved.

„We are very happy about the „Minibus of the Year 2019” award for the Sprinter City 75. For Mercedes-Benz this is a confirmation that even in the minibus segment, operators and transport companies need the greatest possible flexibility from vehicles which are as economical as possible”, highlights Till Oberwörder, Head of Daimler Buses & Chairman of the Board of Management at EvoBus GmbH.

One aspect which received special credit was the independent vehicle design which is wholly representative of the higher demands placed on local public transport. More specifically, its high-drawn panoramic windscreen doesn’t just ensure passengers enjoy an impressive view to the front, it also provides a discreet location for the destination display. Unique in this vehicle class are the large side windows which deliver a sense of openness and a modern touch.

The technology used on-board the new Sprinter City 75 was also able to convince the specialist jury of the vehicle’s strengths, both with the standard auxiliary brake which delivers 350 Nm of braking output and the numerous assistance systems which make the minibus one of the safest in its segment. Among the systems on-board are the electronic stability program ESP which comes as standard, as well as Crosswind Assist and Active Brake Assist.

Stuttgart / Madrid / Dortmund, 11. April 2019

  • Mercedes-Benz Sprinter City 75 comes up trumps in international comparison thanks to unique technology and well-planned equipment
  • Economic in every way

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter City 75 receives the award „Minibus of the Year 2019“. From left to right: Bernd Hülsmann, Head of Marketing and Communications Minibus GmbH, and Tom Terjesen, Chairman of the international Bus and Coach Jury.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter City 75, Exterior, white, OM 651 rated at 120 kW/163 hp, displacement 2.14 l, automatic transmission 7G-TRONIC PLUS, length/width/height: 8486/2020/2860 mm, seating: 16+1.

Sustainability is an important topic for Mercedes‑Benz and Setra: The buses from both leading brands comply with the strictest emission standards and in practice their emissions are often considerably lower than the maximum permitted levels. Not only the environment and society profit from low and in turn resource-conserving fuel consumption, but also the bus companies themselves. The independent jury for the international "busplaner" sustainability award acknowledged these efforts: The Mercedes‑Benz eCitaro and Citaro hybrid as well as the Setra TopClass S 531 DT double-decker bus had all been entered into the competition. All three won in their respective category – three nominations for the buses led to three victories.

Three nominations for buses, three victories: Axel Stokinger, Head of the German sales organisation at Daimler Buses, is delighted with the international "busplaner" sustainability award 2019 for the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro, Citaro hybrid and the Setra TopClass S 531 DT double-decker buses. f.l.t.r.: Claus Bünnagel, Chief Editor of the editor office Busplaner, Axel Stokingr, Head of the German sales organisation at Daimler Buses, Bert Brandenburg, Head of the editor office Huss Verlag.

Stuttgart, 19 March 2019

  • Three nominations, three victories: complete success for the buses from Daimler Buses
  • Mercedes-Benz eCitaro and Citaro hybrid win the city bus award
  • Setra TopClass S 531 DT is the number one touring coach

"This success affirms our commitment to the development of environmentally friendly buses," explains Axel Stokinger, Head of the German sales organisation at Daimler Buses. He accepted the awards at the award ceremony on 18 March in Berlin. Mr Stokinger continues: "The perfected aerodynamics of the Setra double-decker bus minimises fuel consumption. The Citaro is a clear demonstration of our two-pillar strategy: We have worked intensely to develop the fully-electric and in turn emissions-free eCitaro whilst at the same time optimising the combustion engine on the Citaro hybrid."

The fully electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro brings electromobility for city buses to a whole new level. Using innovative components, available for the first time ever in the eCitaro, it achieves otherwise unheard of levels of energy efficiency thanks to its innovative thermal management and connectivity. With the introduction of the eCitaro, Daimler Buses has launched an innovation campaign for electromobility.

The Citaro hybrid is a prime example for the increase in efficiency of the combustion engine. The hybrid variant reduces the already favourable fuel consumption of the diesel engine and thus its CO2 emissions by up to 8.5 percent. The Citaro hybrid is not listed as an independent member of the best-selling Citaro city bus family; instead the hybrid drive is special equipment. It is available for a large part of the model range, even for the Citaro NGT with its natural gas drive – and as a result the Citaro hybrid earns an exceptional position worldwide. The absence of complex technology in the hybrid module is intentional. As a result, not only fuel consumption and emissions are reduced – it is the hybrid drive that pays off. Equipped with the active braking assistance system Preventive Brake Assist and Sideguard Assist, the Citaro and the eCitaro offer assistance systems that are unique over the whole world and which effectively protect more vulnerable road users in particular.

Sustainability award 2019: Mercedes-Benz eCitaro and Citaro hybrid win the city bus award.

The Setra TopClass S 531 DT double-decker sets many benchmarks in its category. Besides its fascinating looks, it impresses especially as a prime example of aerodynamics and fuel efficiency and offers the greatest levels of variability, comfort and safety. The impressive touring coach covers all types of operation required of touring and regular-service routes and, with the best values for aerodynamics, is on its way to achieving new consumption records in its segment. Its comprehensive safety equipment fitted as standard is also remarkable. Together with the Setra TopClass S 531 DT the assistance systems Active Brake Assist 4 and Sideguard Assist celebrated their world premiere in a bus.

Sustainability award 2019: The double-decker Setra TopClass S 531 DT is the number one touring coach. 

11 February 2019 – The next big success for the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro: the new fully electric city bus has been crowned City Bus of the Year 2019 in Spain. The jury was made up of 46 experts from transport companies and associations, and the vote is run by the Editec publishing house. After being presented to the world for the first time during the IAA for commercial vehicles in autumn, series production of the vehicle has since started and the first buses have been brought into operation on regular-service bus routes. The victory in Spain is already somewhat a tradition for Mercedes‑Benz: last year, the Tourismo won the accolade of Touring Coach of the Year.

Mercedes-Benz eCitaro with all-electric drive.

Juan Antonio Maldonado (left), Managing Director of EvoBus Ibérica, S.A.U., receives the award from Miguel Ruíz (right), Chairman of the ATUC.