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  • Stuttgart/Wiesbaden, Oct 22, 2012 - The green flag has dropped for the Record Run Buses 2012: At 2 p.m. in Wiesbaden today, Martin Zeilinger, head of product engineering testing drive technology and product quality Daimler Buses, sent off five Mercedes-Benz and Setra buses on an unprecedented efficiency test. The new Mercedes-Benz Citaro urban regular-service bus and the new Setra ComfortClass 500 high-deck touring coach are to prove that buses meeting Euro VI emission standards can consume less fuel than their predecessor models.
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  • Stuttgart, Oct 18, 2012 - The internationally renowned EcoGlobe environmental prize, awarded for ecological innovations, goes to Daimler AG in 2012, too. In the category “Concept vehicles”, the Mercedes-Benz F 125! research vehicle was distinguished with the first prize. In addition, the Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid bus was awarded the second prize in the category “Mobility models”.
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  • Stuttgart/Brüssel, Oct 16, 2012 - Four years of project work, 48 partners, 7 demonstration projects and a total budget of around 26 million – these are just some of the statistics generated by the European Bus System of the Future, or EBSF for short, which is the biggest road-related transportation project to be funded by the European Commission to date. On 15 October 2012, the International Association of Public Transport (in French: Union Internationale des Transports Publics, UITP) - as the body designated to lead and coordinate the EBSF project - presented the results of the individual EBSF projects, or so-called "Use Cases", to the press in Brussels.
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  • Stuttgart, Oct 1, 2012 - In the fuel cell bus category, the Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid won the EBUS Award, the environmental award for public local transport. Roman Biondi, brand spokesman for Mercedes-Benz buses and EvoBus, and Ulrich Piotrowski, the Market Launch Manager for Mercedes-Benz hybrid and electric buses, accepted the award in Cologne on 28 September 2012 from Professor Ralph Pütz of the Landshut University of Applied Sciences, in the presence of Rainer Bomba, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.
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  • Stuttgart/Versailles/Hanover, Sep 19, 2012 - Its technical innovations have helped it to knock the technical trailblazers of a new era out of the running: in this year's rivalry for title of "Bus of the Year 2013" the new Citaro with Euro VI engine won the overwhelming support of the international jury of experts, way ahead of its competitors, almost all of whom were relying on hybrid technology. The new Citaro is already the first standard-production regular-service bus to include Euro VI technology and continues to extend its competitive advantage.
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  • Mannheim/Münster, Aug 28, 2012 - Münster in Westphalia, which, since 2004, can boast the title of the world's most liveable city, officially inaugurated its first hybrid bus line on 27 August 2012. With the ceremonial handover of two Mercedes-Benz Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid vehicles to the Münster municipal transport service, represented by its manager of Münster’s public transport company Eckhard Schläfke, by Mr Ulrich Piotrowski, responsible for the market launch of hybrid and electric buses at Mercedes-Benz, the Westphalian city once again made good on its pledge to contribute to climate protection through the introduction of new bus technology.
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  • Stuttgart/Singapore, Jul 18, 2012 - The Mercedes star will soon be seen more often in the city-state of Singapore. Daimler Buses has once again received a major order from the Southeast Asian country and will begin delivering the first of a total of 450 Citaro buses there in fall 2012. Plans call for the deliveries to be completed by the end of 2015. The vehicles were ordered by Singapore’s SBS Transit, which is responsible for most of the local public transportation in the city of over five million inhabitants.
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  • Stuttgart, Jul 2, 2012 - Today, Daimler AG called attention to two world premieres and one European premiere that it will display at the world’s biggest commercial vehicle exhibition in Hanover. A total of 16 vehicles were presented in Stuttgart as part of a preview for the IAA Commercial Vehicles, which will be held in Hanover on September 20-27, 2012. The vehicles ranged from the new Mercedes-Benz Citan city van, new urban buses and travel coaches from Mercedes-Benz and Setra, new green leaders in form of the Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell crewbus and the Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid, to the heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz Antos, which was introduced to the public as a new truck for heavy-duty delivery applications for the first time.
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  • Stuttgart/Brugg, May 25, 2012 - PostAuto Schweiz AG has become the first company in Switzerland to deploy fuel-cell technology for public road transport. Since the end of 2011, five Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid models have been serving on routes in and around Brugg (in the canton of Aargau) as PostAuto vehicles. Over the next five years, PostAuto will test the fuel-cell drive, using clean hydrogen as fuel.
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  • Stuttgart/Mannheim, May 11, 2012 - A new chapter in the history of regular-service bus operations: the first series-production Citaro to meet the Euro VI emissions standard left the production line at the EvoBus plant in Mannheim today. With the start of series production, Mercedes-Benz once more takes the lead in the field of eco-friendly buses. Based on pioneering diesel technology, they reduce CO2 emissions and ensure a clean environment for our towns and cities.
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  • Stuttgart, Mar 14, 2012 - Electromobility is nothing new either to local public transport or more specifically buses. Today more than two thirds of German public transport services are electrically run. As early as 1969 Mercedes Benz presented the world’s first hybrid bus at the IAA. Nevertheless this drive technology has still not been able to assert itself on a wide scale; a situation which is now being tackled from a number of different angles.
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  • Stuttgart/München, Sep 23, 2011 - Presumably on the basis of the positive results from the first hybrid bus deployed in the Munich administrative district, the Munich Regional Transport vehicle fleet now also includes a Mercedes-Benz Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid Omnibus. The handover of the vehicle for its intended use took place on 22 September 2011, when Ulrich Piotrowski, the Market Launch Manager for Mercedes-Benz hybrid and electric buses, presented a symbolic key to Jörg Schuchtmann, the Operations Manager of Busservice Watzinger GmbH & Co. KG.
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  • Stuttgart/Geneva, Jul 20, 2011 - Daimler Buses has won another large-scale order. The customer is Transports Publics Genevois (TPG) from Switzerland. The 87 Mercedes‑Benz articulated buses are to be deployed on TPG's 305 km long network in the city of Geneva and its outskirts. The company has a workforce of over 1700 and operates 82 trams together with around 320 buses. The bus fleet consists for the most part of Mercedes‑Benz buses. Delivery of the vehicles is to begin in September 2011.
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  • Stuttgart/Dresden, May 19, 2011 - There could hardly be a greater span between history and future than at the present time in Dresden. Anyone riding past Dresden’s most beautiful monuments and squares along bus route 62 can experience this at first hand as he or she will be sitting in an electrically-driven Mercedes-Benz articulated Citaro brand bus. The first three of a total order of eight Mercedes Benz Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid were handed over to Managing Director Reiner Zieschank, representing the Dresden transport company, by Konstantinos Tsiknas, head of Mercedes-Benz Omnibuses Germany, on the Theatre Square on 19 May 2011.
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  • Stuttgart, Apr 21, 2011 - 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.
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  • Stuttgart, Mar 15, 2011 - Transport operator Tide ASA has ordered 37 EEV (Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle) variants of the Mercedes-Benz Citaro articulated bus with gas drive. Powered by natural gas, the low-floor urban buses are characterised by their low emissions – particularly when it comes to nitrogen oxides and particulates – and already significantly exceed the Euro 5 emissions values currently in force. The driving force behind the buses is the M 447 hLAG natural gas engine, which is available in two power output variants producing 185 kW (252 hp) and 240 kW (326 hp).
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  • Stuttgart, Nov 5, 2010 - The CHIC (Clean Hydrogen in European Cities) project got underway in Cologne on 4 November. The project funded by the EU will permit the integration of 26 fuel-cell buses into daily regular services in five European cities. At least three manufacturers - Mercedes-Benz, Van Hool and Wrightbus - will be supplying fuel-cell hybrid vehicles in this project.
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  • Stuttgart, Sep 13, 2010 - Following successful practical trials in December 2009, Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB) has now brought three Mercedes-Benz Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid buses into service, with a further two vehicles due to be delivered later this year. The environmentally-friendly hybrid bus met with an excellent response from passengers during last year's week-long practical trial, and also demonstrated significant fuel savings on the inner-city 42 route, one of the area's most demanding routes with the most varied topography.
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  • Stuttgart/Mannheim, Aug 25, 2010 - After just twelve years in production, the 30,000th Mercedes-Benz Citaro has now been delivered. This unprecedented sales tally for an urban bus is testament to the overall success of a flexible modular system. On 25 August 2010 Michael Göpfarth, head of sales at the Mercedes-Benz Bus and Coach Unit of EvoBus GmbH, handed over the record-breaking vehicle to Walter Rathberger and Erich Haider, managing and executive directors of Linz Linien GmbH, at the Mannheim bus factory.
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  • Stuttgart/Hamburg, Mar 15, 2010 - It arrives with hardly a sound and then drives away from the bus stop without the usual loud engine noise one expects to hear from a bus. It then continues in this manner at several more stops along its route. Passengers in downtown Hamburg who report such an experience in the future will obviously be talking about the Mercedes-Benz Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid, two units of which have been acquired for a field test by the Hamburger Hochbahn public transport company.
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  • Stuttgart, Sep 30, 2009 - Daimler has received the F-Cell Award for innovative use of fuel cell technology in the Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid urban bus. Two employees accepted the award on behalf of Daimler last Monday during the F-Cell Conference in Stuttgart. “We are very delighted about this award as it once again highlights our innovative skill as the world’s largest bus manufacturer and also helps take us a big step toward our goal of zero-emission driving,” said Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses.
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  • Stuttgart, Sep 10, 2009 - Mercedes-Benz was only just celebrating the world premiere of the Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid at the UITP Congress when the bus and coach manufacturer was basking in the success of another notable event: on 8 September the 25,000th Citaro was officially handed over to the customer, infra fürth verkehr gmbh, turning the model into the most successful urban bus ever, and with an end to this illustrious career still nowhere in sight.
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  • Stuttgart, Jun 15, 2009 - In an EU-wide call for tenders, Daimler Buses was awarded a contract to supply the public transportation company Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe with 144 Mercedes-Benz Citaro LE city buses. The company will begin delivering the buses to the German capital in October 2009. Deliveries will take place successively over a four-year period, with 50 buses to be delivered before the end of this year. The Mercedes-Benz plant in Mannheim is producing the buses.
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  • Stuttgart/Vienna, Jun 8, 2009 - The new Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid city bus is celebrating its world premiere from June 7 to11 at the UITP World Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition in Vienna. The fuel cell hybrid bus is the first vehicle in Daimler Buses’ new generation of fuel cell buses. It combines the advantages of the diesel-electric Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid, which was unveiled a few months ago, with those of the hydrogen-powered Citaro fuel cell buses, which have delivered impressive performance in fleet tests.
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  • Stuttgart/Mannheim , Mar 30, 2009 - More than 250 customers from 15 countries recently had the opportunity to experience at first hand the Mercedes-Benz Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid articulated bus in operation for the first time. Experts from European transport operations praised a number of features of the 18-metre long hybrid city bus, including its completely emission-free operation on some stretches of the route, its quiet, practically jerk-free drive system, its unique vehicle concept incorporating four electric wheel hub motors, and also its use of the world's largest lithium-ion vehicle battery.
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  • Stuttgart/Dubai, Mar 24, 2009 - Daimler Buses has been awarded a major contract to deliver 260 Mercedes-Benz Citaro city buses to the emirate of Dubai. Production of the ordered buses is to commence in the first quarter of 2009. The Roads & Transport Authority, which is responsible for expanding the public transportation service in Dubai, is already using 80 Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses.
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  • Stuttgart, Mar 10, 2009 - Buses made by Mercedes-Benz are headed straight for a clean future: This June, Mercedes-Benz Buses will present the new Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid model, the brand’s first fuel-cell hybrid bus. The regular-service city bus marks yet another important milestone on the road to zero-emission mobility and improved resource conservation within the framework of Daimler’s “Shaping Future Transportation” global initiative.
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  • Stuttgart, Feb 4, 2009 - At the “Miniatur-Wunderland” in Hamburg, the world's largest H0-gauge model railway, a 1:87-scale Mercedes-Benz fuel-cell bus has recently started doing the rounds. The fully working model sponsored by the Daimler AG Research unit is just 14 cm long. A mini fuel cell burns hydrogen and oxygen to generate the power necessary to keep the mini electric motor on the bus running.
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  • Stuttgart/Abu Dhabi , Oct 24, 2008 - Daimler Buses has been awarded a contract to deliver 100 Mercedes-Benz Citaro city buses to Abu Dhabi. The buses will be used in the public transport system of the city of Al Ain, which has a population of 500,000. Delivery is scheduled to commence in July 2009. Daimler Buses and Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport have also signed a contract covering comprehensive service and maintenance for the Citaro buses.
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  • Stuttgart/Mannheim, Feb 29, 2008 - The Mercedes-Benz Citaro has attained a new manufacturing milestone with the production of the 20,000th model. Michael Göpfarth, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Bus and Coach Unit of EvoBus GmbH, handed over the landmark vehicle to Hermann Pflieger, the owner of Pflieger Reise- und Verkehrs GmbH in Böblingen. This company operates two dozen routes within the Stadtverkehr Böblingen-Sindelfingen (SBS) [Böblingen-Sindelfingen urban transport] network, itself part of the Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS) [Stuttgart transit and tariff association], and employs more than 120 staff. With a fleet of some 90 buses and coaches, including many Mercedes-Benz Citaro models, the 82-year-old company operates regular-service routes and is also active in the touring and excursion sectors.
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  • Stuttgart/Bucharest, Dec 19, 2007 - On December 11, EvoBus Romania S.R.L handed over a further consignment of Mercedes-Benz Citaro urban buses to the Romanian transport operator Regia Autonomă de Transport Bucureşti (R.A.T.B.). These are the first vehicles from a follow-up order for 500 urban buses. Some 500 Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses have already gone into service in the Romanian capital during the course of the past two years. By the end of 2009, R.A.T.B. will have a total of 1000 Mercedes-Benz Citaro urban buses on the road in Bucharest.
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  • Stuttgart/Bucharest, Oct 1, 2007 - The Romanian bus operator Regia Autonoma de Transport Bucuresti (R.A.T.B) and the DaimlerChrysler subsidiary EvoBus GmbH signed a contract in mid-September 2007 for the delivery of a second batch of 500 urban buses for the city of Bucharest. At the end of 2006, the Romanian capital had already ordered 500 Mercedes-Benz Citaro city buses, of which the last units were delivered last summer.
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  • Stuttgart, Jun 19, 2007 - British Airways has taken delivery of 38 Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses. The vehicles are to be used to transport passengers at Terminal 5 at Heathrow, which is due to open in March 2008.
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