Daimler Buses delivers 300 Mercedes-Benz Citaro city buses to Southeast Asia
* SBS Transit company in Singapore to use Mercedes-Benz Citaro city buses
* Delivery of largest order for Citaro buses to date from Asia has begun
* Mercedes-Benz Citaro is most successful city bus of all time, with more than 32,000 units produced
Daimler Buses has once again received a major order, and is now delivering a total of 300 Mercedes-Benz Citaro city buses to Singapore. The vehicles were ordered by Singapore’s SBS Transit, which is responsible for a major part of local public transportation in the city of five million. Over the last five years alone, SBS Transit has invested more than 850 million Singapore dollars (€470 million) in modernizing its bus fleet. All of the 300 Mercedes-Benz Citaro city buses meet the Euro 5 emissions standards, are produced at the EvoBus plant in Mannheim and will be used for public transportation in Singapore. The Citaro is the most successful city bus of all time, with more than 32,000 units produced over a period of only 12 years.
Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses, says, “We are delighted that one of Asia’s most important cities is ordering Mercedes-Benz buses to prepare its bus fleet for the future. This is a great expression of confidence in us, and it shows that SBS Transit knows it can rely on our buses’ high quality, environmental compatibility, and reliability.”
The vehicles in question are Mercedes-Benz Citaro low-floor buses with two doors and a length of 12 meters. Thanks to the buses’ low-floor design, elderly and physically handicapped people can easily get in and out of the vehicles or use the wheelchair ramp. Each bus has 13 priority seats for elderly or handicapped passengers. Due to Singapore’s humid tropical climate, all of the vehicles are equipped with powerful air conditioners. The Citaros are also fitted with a closed-circuit camera also in the passenger compartment and the outside section. The fuel-efficient, low-emission buses are equipped with the environmentally friendly Mercedes-Benz BlueTec diesel technology and meet the Euro 5 emissions standards.
Says Gan Juay Kiat, Chief Executive Officer of SBS Transit, "We decided to get these buses because they provide our passengers with a high level of comfort and are easy to get into. This is another step in the systematic modernization of our fleet. We will soon have one of the youngest bus fleets in Asia.”
SBS Transit operates more than 250 bus lines in Singapore and has a total fleet of around 3,000 buses. The company accounts for 75% of all bus services in the city, including feeder, express, and premium routes.
Daimler Buses is the world’s leading manufacturer of buses and bus chassis of eight tons GVW and up. In 2010 the company employed a total of 17,134 people worldwide and sold more than 39,100 buses. The product range covers urban and intercity buses as well as travel coaches, and includes everything from minibuses to double-deckers, all which are available with different engines and equipment features. The European bus operations are managed by EvoBus GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG.
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