the Year 2013”.
The Mercedes-Benz Citaro Euro VI is
leagues ahead of the international competition.
Victor in the Bus Euro Test.
Economic, environmentally-friendly, safe for drivers, passengers and other road users, modern design and viable for the future. The Citaro Euro VI won hands down, convincing an international jury of 17 bus journalists at this year's competition for the title of "Bus of the Year 2013". The coveted prize was presented at the start of the International Motor Show for commercial vehicles (IAA). "For us, it is a great success to win this coveted award", said a delighted Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses. "In recent years we have invested a great deal in our new products and progressive technologies. The whole team has worked hard in this regard.
It is a super compliment and important for our business when the result not only wins over expert journalists but also, in the opinion of the jury, passengers, drivers and entrepreneurs alike".
The new Citaro with a completely new engine generation is the first standard production regular-service bus ever to comply with the Euro VI standard. A prerequisite for this is a complex exhaust gas emission control: a combination of SCR technology typical of Mercedes Benz, AdBlue injection, an oxidising catalytic converter with exhaust gas recirculation and a sealed particulate filter. Numerous safety features not only set new standards in the regular-service bus class, but also demonstrate the viability of the Citaro Euro VI for the future. By observing future regulations such as the ECE R 66/01 roll-over standard and the Euro VI emissions standard, the Citaro has increased its competitive advantage whilst putting its competitors firmly in their place. Hartmut Schick, head of Daimler Buses pointed out: "Whilst developing the new Citaro, our priority was economy and efficiency in combination with an increase in performance, safety and comfort".
During a four-day test in Versailles, the Citaro Euro VI won impressively against numerous competitors. "If there is one thing that has made a lasting impression, then it is the sheer quality of the product, together with the knowledge that the development team has paid attention to every last detail and
knows exactly why it is the way it is. Perhaps that is why several jury members were of the opinion that they could find no fault", wrote journalist Stuart Jones, chairman of the jury, in the current edition of the British trade journal Bus & Coach Buyer.
At the heart of the "economic miracle" from Mercedes Benz is the newly developed BlueEfficiency Power engine series comprising the OM 936 and OM 470 in-line 6-cylinder engines with a displacement of 7.7 litres and 10.7 litres respectively. Both engines comply with the Euro VI emissions norm as standard and are characterised by a long-life cycle as well as reduced fuel, oil and AdBlue consumption. These technical innovations have not made the Citaro heavier, nor have they reduced spaciousness. The innovative 24-volt recuperation module also contributes towards efficiency: electric power which the alternator produces in the overrun phases at no extra cost is stored in the double-layer capacitors, the so-called supercaps, and used as an energy supply for the bus when it accelerates. The Citaro saves a total of between two and three per cent fuel.
This equates to around 1000 litres of diesel or 2.6 tonnes of CO2 annually when operational performance is normal. The diesel particulate filter must only be serviced every two years or every 120,000 kilometres.
However, it is not only the technical highlights which have earned the new Citaro the title of "Bus of the Year 2013", but also its friendly and striking design. The engineers developed a new rear end specifically for the new Euro VI engines. As a result the Citaro is 30 mm longer than its predecessor, but its covered rear dome provides the bus with a dynamic silhouette. An elegantly rounded, glass fascia panel above the rear window emphasises the premium appearance of the new Citaro. The engine flap and the rear lights have also been redesigned. The latter are now fitted with energy-saving LED lamps for taillights, brake lamps and indicators.
The entrance and exit areas of all doors are now better lit thanks to a broad LED strip. This pleasant lighting design, continued in the interior of the vehicle creates a feeling of safety and provides for a friendly atmosphere. Furthermore, the roof flaps act as reflectors and as a result create an effect of indirect lighting in combination with the ceiling lights. Rest areas and reading corners can also be created with the help of additional lighting elements. At the same time, the excellent level of illumination reduces the danger of vandalism at the rear of the vehicle. And last but not least, a completely newly designed workplace awaits the driver: the new Citaro sets extremely high standards with regard to ease of operation, ergonomics, instruments and comfort for the driver and shows the competition yet again why it has truly earned the title "Bus of the Year 2013".