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

Just as up-to-date as the process for choosing colors and fabrics is the production of the Citaro. The bodies-in-white are manufactured in the Bodyshell Center of the Mannheim bus factory and cataphoretically dip-primed there for complete anti-corrosion protection. Group work and a synthesis between technology and manual labor characterize the production process. The entire structure of the bus body-in-white is computer-calculated. The modular design of the Citaro simplifies bodyshell making: A factory in Holysov, Czech Republic, supplies complete floor assembly segments. The bodies-in-white are completed in the assembly bays of Mannheim and the French assembly plant Ligny-en-Barois.

Mercedes-Benz Citaro production in the work Mannheim.

The Citaro entered model year 2005 with a large number of modifications due to the entry into force of the EU directive 2001/85/EC. This directive takes the interests mainly of passengers with restricted mobility into account. The Mercedes-Benz Citaro comes under Class I (urban bus use) und Class II (rural-service use) of the directive. Owing to these regulations, in future the Citaro would have a kneeling function, a revised wheelchair area across from the center door, and a newly designed ramp as standard. Other changes concern external emergency valves and pushbutton switches with a door opening function inside and outside for the double-width center door as well as the number and design of the accommodations for disabled persons and the access to them.

In Germany the Citaro has acquired a clear position of market leadership. At the same it has posted international successes: Of the now more than 17,000 Citaro buses manufactured, around half were exported – a remarkable figure for a market which up until then was nationally dominated in many cases. Among the countries receiving delivery, France ranks ahead of Spain, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Major orders included 450 solo and articulated buses for Istanbul, 300 solo buses for Rom and 167 solo and articulated buses for Berlin. The Citaro travels the streets of many great cities of Europe, but not only there: eight units even operate on the French island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean.

2006 was a year of renewal also for the Citaro. The Citaro K as a compact and especially maneuverable variant with a length of 10.5 meters complemented the range. The Citaro also got a new face. The features included an arched insert suggesting a radiator grille between the headlamps as well as turned turn signal housings with clear glass covers. And the three-dimensionality of the rear end of the Citaro was given stronger emphasis. The V-shaped rear window extends up into the roof. The engine compartment flap ends in a vent at the top. Including the new tail lights, the design idiom is a superb match for the design of the group’s new touring coaches and rural-service buses.

The important technical modifications to the Citaro in 2006 – it also operates as a hybrid bus (Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid) since 2007 – were: independent front wheel suspension and an improved air suspension system. Additionally, an optional electronic roll and pitch control is available for the articulated variants.

Mercedes-Benz Citaro K.

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