The low-floor Mercedes-Benz Citaro model series has reached the 55,555th unit sold. The milestone bus is a full electric eCitaro handed over by the Swedish Bergkvarabuss AB company based in Kalmar on southern Sweden’s Baltic coast. Part of an order for ten eCitaro buses to be deployed in the port town of  Trelleborg, southern Sweden, this eCitaro has an elegant appearance thanks to the dark-tinted double-glazed side windows and the additional low-slung side windows between the axles. A pedestrian warning bell makes passers-by aware of the presence of the quiet electric bus. The fully climate-controlled interior is fitted with comfortable InterStar Eco seating for intercity operations, ambient lighting, USB sockets and side-wall panelling in needle felt. Passengers who are hard of hearing or deaf benefit from the presence of a sound processor. The safety equipment includes the Sideguard Assist turning aid, the Preventive Brake Assist active braking assistant and the electronic stability program ESP.

The twelve battery packs and a total battery capacity of 292 kWh guarantees a practicable ranges even in the climes of Scandinavian winters.

Roman Biondi, Head of Sales at Daimler Buses: “The Citaro is a milestone in bus history. And with the arrival of the eCitaro, its development has entered a new phase. It is our answer to the need for quiet and locally emission-free urban buses. As a result, it is also making towns a much better place to live.”

The Mercedes-Benz Citaro was launched in 1997. The second generation arrived in 2011 after more than 32,000 units sold. Throughout its career, it set new benchmarks as to be the first urban bus in the world to meet the Euro VI emissions standard in 2012 and, most recently to be offered also with full electric drive with the eCitaro series. Unveiled last year, it is already operating in a number of European cities. The Citaro model received many awards. Among these, the European ‘Bus of the Year’, awarded on several occasions including this year with the Citaro hybrid. Since 1998, the Citaro has also been a regular winner in the ‘Best Commercial Vehicle’ category.

The 55,555th Citaro is a further highlight in the breath-taking success story of the low-floor urban bus from Mercedes-Benz. Already at the world premiere of the first generation in 1997, the unique exterior and interior design, not to mention the innovative technologies on-board, signalled the start of a transition towards passenger-friendly, economical and safe urban transport using low-floor buses.

After selling more than 32,000 units, the second generation of the Citaro arrived from 2011 and continued to build on the strengths of the original best-seller. This included it becoming the first urban bus in the world to meet the Euro VI emissions standard in 2012. Be it in environmental protection, safety technology or comfort: the Mercedes-Benz Citaro has time and time again set new benchmarks, and thus holds a pioneering role within the market – most recently with the introduction of the all-electric eCitaro. Unveiled last year, it is already successfully operating in a number of European cities.

Throughout its career, the Mercedes-Benz Citaro has received many accolades. Among these, it was voted European “Bus of the Year” on several occasions, including this year, when the low-emission, economical Citaro hybrid took home the award. Since 1998, the Citaro has also been a regular winner in the “Best Commercial Vehicle” category.

Mercedes Citaro: 55.555 unità vendute 2019 2019