These are the 2019 Eco Champs: Mercedes-Benz rewards bus drivers from all over Europe for their top fuel consumption figures
Who drives the most economically? Who has the best values for the environment and the company alike? Mercedes-Benz wanted to know and set off in search of the 2019 Eco Champ among drivers of the Tourismo high-deck touring coach throughout Europe. Ulrich Bastert, Head of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Daimler Buses: "The result of the competition has exceeded our expectations. For our customers, the Tourismo is a true economic wonder and at the same time protects the environment."
A winner was determined for each of the four model variants which the Tourismo offers. The front-runner in the two-axle Mercedes-Benz Tourismo was Walterbus in Gorizia, north-east Italy (in the picture from left to right: Ivan Zanirato and winner Walter Marini). The company achieved the best value for the 12.3-metre-long touring coach in Europe, with a figure of just 18.8 litres/100 km. That corresponds to a value of less than 0.5 litres/100 km per seat. Autocars Vanderkerckhove from Wingene-Zwevezele in Flanders, Belgium, were at the top of the Tourismo M/2 category with its length of 13.1 metres and a mere 20.9 litres/100 km consumption. The three-axle Tourismo M/3 from Castell Reisen in Näfels in the Swiss canton of Glarus consumed barely more than that with a figure of 21.2 litres/100 km. With just 23.8 litres/100 km, the impressive 13.9-metre-long three-axle Tourismo L from Papuga A/S in Vejle, Denmark also delivered an amazing set of figures.
The drivers of the winning buses can look forward to a Mercedes-Benz mountain bike with an extra-light carbon frame. With 22 gears, its drive is equally as fine-tuned as that of the Tourismo. A bicycle helmet and a fitness tracker are also part of the prize package awaiting them. The outstanding consumption values are anything but one-offs: drivers covered at least 3000 kilometres with their Tourismo buses.
The Mercedes-Benz Tourismo is characterized by its outstanding economy. It starts with the fantastic aerodynamics and extends to the in-house powertrain and optional high-tech equipment such as the Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) predictive cruise control system or the Eco Driver Feedback (EDF) function which provides personalised recommendations for improving driving style.