Mercedes Benz Bus


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Daimler India launches Mercedes-Benz SHD 2436: Super High Deck coach

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. (DICV), the 100% Indian subsidiary of the world’s leading truck manufacturer Daimler AG, today announced the start of sales of the Mercedes-Benzcoach-the Super High Deck SHD 2436 with the handing over of the first set of buses to a customer in Chennai. The luxury coach is manufactured out of its plant in Oragadam and offers a high seating capacity of upto 61 pushback seats and 14 cubic meters of luggage space. Built with a unique aluminique body, this coach is the lightest in its class offering ultra -fuel efficiency.

Erich Nesselhauf, Managing Director and CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, Markus Villinger, Managing Director, Daimler Buses India handed over the keys to KPN Raajesh, Owner of KPN Travels at the DICV Bus plant in Chennai. KPN Travels is one of the largest luxury coach operators in South India with a fleet size of over 330 intercity buses.

Commenting on the occasion, Markus Villinger, Managing Director,Daimler Buses India said, “This product, being the longest coach in the country built with strong features, is sure to set benchmarks in ultra-luxury travel. We are excited to be offering a state-of-the–art vehicle concept to the Indian market. Inter-city travel becomes more safe, comfortable and modern.”
The Mercedes-Benz SHD 2436 has an active steerable tag axle that results in low turning circle diameter to effortlessly navigate sharp turns and bends. It also has an advanced braking system and a strategically positioned fuel tank for added safety.
With an investment of INR 425 crore, the bus plant at Oragadam, near Chennai produces BharatBenz and Mercedes-Benz buses and houses Wrightbus, an Ireland based body manufacturer within its premises. Catering to diverse needs of the market with a twofold strategy; BharatBenz front-engine buses meets the needs of school, staff and tourist transportation for intra-city travel. In parallel, the premium segment is addressed by Mercedes-Benz rear-engine buses for inter-city transportation. The bus plant manufactures buses with gross vehicle weight of 9, 16 and above 16 ton range. The plant has a capacity of 1,500 units per year scalable to 4,000 units.

The BharatBenz network of over 80 dealerships - ramped up to offer tailor-made service packages and 24X7 after- sales support with advanced interactive vehicle diagnosis for the new Mercedes-Benz coach. BharatBenz sales is backed by BharatBenz Financial, a captive financing unit that offers full coverage vehicle Insurance, offers cashless facility including zero depreciation and full maintenance contracts. Daimler India Commercial Vehicles also has tie-ups with leading Indian banks to provide comprehensive financing solutions.


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Some info about New Mercedes Benz Bus.

Addressing all major issues in its earlier product, Mercedes-Benz has now made a comeback and struck again with a new and improved chassis and an all-new body from Wrightbus. The Mercedes Benz coach will now officially be the longest inter-city coach in India at 15 m (CMVR mandates 15 m as the longest overall length for rigid multi-axle vehicles). Owing to the extended length from the previous 13.7 m coach, the chassis now comes with some notable changes like the tag axle being steerable. Apart from this, the addition of disc brakes, improved hydrodynamic retarder and a new polymer fuel tank of capacity 600 L placed just above the rear axle are of high significance.

Mercedes claims its fuel tank positioning will be the best as far as safety is concerned. Following some serious accidents in the recent past, most manufactures are relocating the fuel tank and realigning fuel circuit to safeguard fuel spillage from major accidents. A steerable tag axle is almost mandatory for 15 m coaches, and Mercedes has gone with it. Disc brakes, along with engine brakes and retarder, should definitely offer better braking.

The powertrain is the same as before with power transmitted via a 6-speed manual gear box. It might have been good to offer an automated gear-changing system option as well, which has now become more of a comfort and safety feature in all premium coaches. The premium inter-city coaches now easily touch close to 1,500 km in a single trip with driver comfort and safety becoming more pronounced mainly due to automatic transmission. Though the coaches on display at the launch were fitted with Pirelli tubeless radials, it is understood that the on-road coaches will be available with Michelin radials.

The biggest change, however, will be the bus body. Wrightbus has pioneered a unique light-weight aluminium body structure that provides better vehicle stability and significantly better controls due to a lower center of gravity of the vehicle. Almost the entire superstructure above the space frame is made of ‘Alumnique’, an aluminium alloy which provides considerable weight reduction, yet providing great structural stability.

The coach front facia made of FRP has new looks with a huge star at the centre splitting the grill. The headlights have now moved vertically upwards with the embrasure now inspired from Batman. The looks are now completely new in design from all angles, and it’s indeed a good work by Wrightbus.

With an in-house paint shop, any custom graphics on the coach exterior will be done by 3M inside the plant premises. It was also said that Daimler won’t sell the chassis to customers though the possibility of shell sales for sleeper coaches is not ruled out. The interiors are improved over the previous coach, and the space frame has a higher luggage capacity compared to 11 cu. m. in the previous model. The coach comes with a pantographic swing luggage door that greatly helps when opening in tight spaces.

Mercedes-Benz coaches are now completely backed up by BharatBenz dealers wherever there is no direct Mercedes Benz network. With a lot of promises and new changes, the Mercedes-Benz coach will again be a main contender in the premium Inter-city segment from now on.

News Courtesy: Autocarpro