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English   The 25.000th Citaro since 1997
26.09.2009 von admin

Future-proof solution

In fact, the Citaro has always been a shining example of the future of public transport services since its series-production launch in 1997/1998. Whether it is in terms of design, passenger comfort or drive technology. The Citaro demon­strates that an innovative vehicle concept can indeed be compatible with eco­nomy and production maturity. From day one, the regular-service bus has set new standards in respect of environmentally friendly drive technologies – a flair for innovation that continues to this day. Thanks to BlueTec diesel technology based on the SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) process, the Citaro met the Euro 5 emissions standard in 2006, three years ahead of its statutory implementation. Only shortly afterwards it was one of the first series-produced regular-service buses whose engine complied with the EEV (Enhanced Environmentally friendly Vehicle) standard. With the premiere of the Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid, the urban-bus concept once again impressively demonstrated its commitment to the en­vi­ron­­ment in 2007: the Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid is a technologically sophisti­cated serial hybrid drive system that features electric wheel-hub motors. Thanks to this technology, sections of the route can be covered in emission-free operation using battery mode only. The Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid currently on show is also paving the way to emission-free local public transport services. This "logical step" from the BlueTec Hybrid to the FuelCELL Hybrid generates zero emissions and is virtually silent. Hydrogen is used to power its fuel cells.

User-oriented model range

Today the name Citaro is synonymous with a model series that can cater for the full range of local public transport requirements. From the original two members, the urban-bus family has been continually extended to the current twelve basic models: low-floor non-articulated bus in two and three-axle versions measuring between 10.5 m and 15 m in length, low-floor articulated bus and low-floor rural-service bus, the Low Entry Citaro LE and the high-capacity Mercedes-Benz CapaCity bus based on the Citaro provide the perfect solution for inner-city and suburban regular-service bus operations. The Citaro has long since been operating successfully in Europe's major cities, providing sterling service in 40 countries around the globe, with buses in operation as far afield as Australia, Japan, China and Mexico.

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