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English   15 years ago: Buses under a new umbrella: the EvoBus era begins
12.10.2010 von admin

New-look rear section

The rear end of the Travego too has been enhanced in several key areas. Particularly noticeable are the rounded, three-dimensional tail lights which wrap round into the sides of the vehicle. Each unit has three integrated, light-colored covers for the indicators and the reversing lights. Here too, the appearance is reminiscent of a Mercedes-Benz passenger car, due to the use of typical Mercedes-Benz design themes. Passive lighting segments link the tail lights with the now flat engine compartment flap whose upper section features a newly designed ventilation grille. As well as looking good, the grille is effective at preventing dirt or rainwater from entering the engine compartment. Moving further upwards, new recesses in the rear wall echo the shape of the ventilation grille, and break up the appearance of the surface.

In the rear window, the enlarged Mercedes star is now more prominent and protrudes upwards into the glass area. The engine compartment flap, rear wall and corners of the bumper are more powerfully curved at the sides. Overall the second-generation Travego has a harmonious appearance, exudes typical Mercedes-Benz dynamism and is easily recognizable.

Like its predecessor, the new Travego high-deck touring coach has a body incorporating tried-and-tested reinforcements stretching across the roof and down the sides, thus creating the basis for maximum strength and safety. Design modifications have been made on the left-hand side where the Travego (15 RHD) and Travego M (16 RHD) models now have two instead of three luggage compartment doors to make the driver’s life easier. The Travego L (17 RHD) now has three such doors instead of four.

Mercedes-Benz Travego L.

Extended front

Although the wheelbase length remains unchanged, the front end of the new Travego has been extended by 140 mm to provide extra space for the driver and the tour guide as well as a wider entrance for the passengers. At the same time, the developers were able to increase the angle of approach so as to ensure improved handling and maneuverability. And despite the slight increase in overall length and the measures implemented to ensure compliance with the Euro 4 emissions standard, the new Travego weighs less than its predecessor. In the three-star maximum seating versions, including on-board toilet but not including the driver and tour guide seats, the passenger seating capacity is 49 (Travego), 53 (Travego M) and 57 (Travego L).

Safety high on the list of priorities

While the Mercedes-Benz Travego has always provided an exemplary level of safety, the new Travego marks another major step forwards. The extensive standard equipment package now includes the continuous braking limiter – a control system which makes life considerably easier for the driver by preventing the vehicle from accelerating over the speed limit when driving downhill. At first the coach is braked automatically by the retarder, then – after a signal has warned the driver to take action – by the service brakes, thus preventing the vehicle from exceeding statutory speed limits on long motorway descents, for example.
Mercedes-Benz Travego L.

Furthermore, the cooling power of the engine has been increased to ensure better dissipation of the heat energy generated by braking and, therefore, extremely stable retarder operation during long periods of braking.

The exemplary standard-fitted safety equipment of the Mercedes-Benz Travego also features the familiar fade-resistant braking system incorporating disc brakes all around, the Electronic Braking System (EBS), Brake Assist (BA), acceleration skid control (ASR), the retarder and, perhaps most importantly of all, the Electronic Stability Program (ESP). The standard-fitted Voith retarder can be operated via a five-stage steering column stalk (standard). However, to reduce service brake wear, the “retarder integration” function also allows the retarder to be activated via the foot brake pedal.

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