Mercedes-Benz’s best-selling bus; the Citaro, has already celebrated numerous successes. Not only is it the world’s best-selling Mercedes-Benz urban bus, but it has also won numerous “Bus of the Year” awards in Europe, and the “Green Bus Award”. In fact, it was the first series production urban bus worldwide to comply with the Euro 6 emission standard.
Now, the Citaro is able to celebrate another milestone, as Daimler has delivered the 5000th unit, which is an articulated Citaro inter-city bus, to Transports publics fribourgeois Holding (TPF), a Swiss company, at the bus plant in Mannheim. The Citaro GÜ will be in operation on inter-city routes throughout the canton of Fribourg, Switzerland.
According to Daimler, the Citaro is already in operation in over 40 countries of the world, and has a positive influence on the total cost of ownership (TCO). The company also claims that the Citaro is more flexible than any other urban bus, as it can be used as a solo, articulated, inter-city, short-wheelbase or as a Low-entry bus.
Powering the bus is the Mercedes-Benz OM 470 BlueEfficiency Power engine that develops 360hp. This six-cylinder power unit excels with a low fuel consumption and high torque, thanks to the unique Common-Rail system with X-PULSE. The 10.7-litre OM 470 already delivers its maximum torque of 1700 Nm at 1100 rpm.