An exhibition stand with a surface of 2700 square metres featuring eight innovative buses and touring coaches from Mercedes-Benz and Setra. Three more vehicles from the two major bus and touring coach brands on display in the outdoor exhibition area, including two spectacular vehicles ready for test drives. A wealth of premieres on the linked topics of electromobility, safety and sustainability, numerous innovations in buses and touring coaches, new and innovative services from the Omniplus service brand, the anniversary of BusStore, the leading used bus and touring coach brand – between 7 and 12 October, Daimler Buses presents its innovative strength at Busworld Europe 2023 in Brussels and underlines its leading role both in the transformation to electromobility and in the development of new safety and assistance systems as well as sustainable transport with regular-service buses and touring coaches in Europe and throughout the world.
Mercedes-Benz: eMobility for city buses, the economical Intouro, comprehensively enhanced Tourismo
The versatile and economical Mercedes-Benz Intouro hybrid intercity bus welcomes visitors at the entrance to the bus and touring coach trade fair. Within the exhibition halls, the all-electric eCitaro fuel cell solo bus featuring a fuel cell will be celebrating its premiere. Next to it, an eCitaro with the latest NMC3 battery generation and performance package as well as the Brazilian eO500U city bus chassis as a European premiere will be exhibited.
Together, these three define the high level of development of locally emission-free city buses – with this trio, cities in Europe and beyond will become more liveable. Anyone wanting to experience this live at the wheel or ride along will also have the opportunity to do so: a Mercedes-Benz eCitaro G fuel cell is available for test drives outside – it extends the trio of vehicles to a quartet.
The Mercedes-Benz Tourismo represents the level of contemporary high-decker touring coaches in the business segment at the exhibition stand in Brussels. In many respects, it has undergone crucial further development ahead of the trade fair, combining cost-effectiveness, safety and comfort.
In addition to the elegant anthracite metallic paintwork, all vehicles bearing the Mercedes star share a host of new safety and assistance systems. Mercedes-Benz as a synonym for safety – this will once again be evident at Busworld Europe 2023 in Brussels.
Setra: new MultiClass LE, further upgraded, fascinating touring coaches, extravagant appearance
Setra is also inseparably linked to safety. The exhibition vehicles’ innovations at Busworld Europe 2023 in Brussels once again underline this. The recently unveiled Setra MultiClass LE model series will be celebrating its trade fair premiere – an extremely versatile intercity bus with low-entry design, which is equally outstanding when operated as a city bus and in suburban traffic. The new, top-of-the-range S 518 LE model demonstrates the remarkable format of the new MultiClass LE in the exhibition’s outdoor area: the three-axle intercity giant with a length of 14.5 metres is ready for test drives – and presents itself with numerous new and further developed safety features.
The fascinating touring coaches also benefit from these: the Setra ComfortClass high-decker, the TopClass super-high-decker and the stylishly upgraded Setra S 531 DT double-decker touring coach. Celebrating their premiere a year ago, they are already taking the next step, once again emphasising their technological leadership role. A dash of extravagance is a must for Setra: this applies to the selected comfort equipment in the touring coaches as well as their appearance with warm and unmistakable honey yellow metallic paintwork – a Setra is always a statement.
Mercedes-Benz and Setra: new and enhanced assistance systems, MirrorCam instead of outside mirrors on request
Daimler Buses focuses on safety: the Mercedes-Benz Buses and Setra brands from Daimler Buses are already traditionally pioneers of new safety technologies and assistance systems. At Busworld Europe 2023 in Brussels, Daimler Buses will be showcasing a comprehensive range of new and enhanced assistance systems.
The new Active Brake Assist 6 (ABA 6) emergency braking assistant for touring coaches and high-floor buses uses a combination of short and long-range radar sensors as well as a camera. ABA 6 can now independently implement emergency braking in reaction to all kinds of pedestrians and cyclists. It also reacts even more accurately to stationary obstacles along wide bends and even more reliably to multi-lane traffic, lane changes and alternating traffic.
Daimler Buses is introducing Preventive Brake Assist 2 for low-floor buses, the next generation of the world’s first active braking assistance system for specialised regular-service buses. This system can react to stationary and moving objects, including pedestrians and cyclists. It can now handle several objects at the same time and, within the system limits, offer improved detection of objects beyond the carriageway.
The new Sideguard Assist 2 turning assistant, which is also radar-based, reacts and, thanks to a new sensor concept, warns even more accurately if there is a risk of collision with pedestrians, cyclists and stationary obstacles. The system is now also used for the driver’s side. This makes turning left even safer.
Frontguard Assist is completely new. This system is also radar-based. It detects and warns of obstacles or people directly in front of the vehicle up to a speed of 15 km/h. Sideguard Assist 2 and Frontguard Assist combine to provide a complete warning system for obstacles and people to the side and in front of the vehicle.
Also new is the intelligent Traffic Sign Assist speed assistant. It compares the current speed of the vehicle with the permissible vehicle speed and warns the driver if the permitted speed is exceeded.
In future, all Mercedes-Benz and Setra bus and touring coach model series, whether these are city buses, intercity buses or touring coaches, will be optionally available with MirrorCam instead of the previously installed outside mirrors. The advantages are an extended field of vision for the driver through the windows and significantly better visibility to the rear in the dark thanks to residual light amplification. The small area of the camera lens is less susceptible to dirt. Compared with conventional mirrors, MirrorCam barely or only slightly protrudes beyond the vehicle edges. This means easier manoeuvring and less damage. Finally, the area of the vehicle facing forwards is reduced, which has a positive effect on fuel consumption.
Omniplus: sustainable, secure, digital and with innovative services
Omniplus, the Daimler Buses service brand, is showcasing new and proven service solutions in Brussels. The focus is on sustainability, security and digitalisation. Sustainability starts with the manufacturing process, for instance the production of genuine parts. In this context, Omniplus has developed solutions, such as the remanufacturing of parts, 3D printing or the second life for high-voltage batteries. Omniplus training courses serve to ensure the safety of the vehicle, passengers and drivers. The new Premium Dynamic and Premium Regional Dynamic service contracts, which allow for dynamic monthly service rates based on the actual mileage of the vehicles, ensure both safety and economy.
Another important focus concentrates on digital services, which have become an indispensable tool for many bus and touring coach operators to improve the availability and economic efficiency of their fleet. From the new Omniplus On performance analysis and Omniplus On Uptime pro, the offer for businesses running their own workshop, to the Remote Charge Control feature for electric buses, Omniplus is expanding its digital services and showcases new services at Busworld Europe 2023.
For example, Daimler Buses is one of the first vehicle manufacturers in Europe to offer its customers a data interface for remote bus monitoring that has been certified according to the universal international ITxPT standard: the virtual TiGR data interface (Telediagnostic for intelligent Garage in Real time). Thanks to the harmonised interface with a universal transmission protocol, transport operators can now simplify vehicle analyses and obtain a homogeneous data basis for their entire fleet.
BusStore: ten years of quality brand for used buses and touring coaches
BusStore, the international quality brand for used buses and touring coaches under the umbrella of Daimler Buses, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Since it was established in 2013, BusStore has become the European market leader in the sector and has continuously expanded its network. The anniversary year will be launched in Brussels with many campaigns.
Mercedes-Benz and Setra-branded buses and touring coaches have been the focus of the BusStore range since the beginning; today they make up more than three quarters of all purchases and sales. In addition, all common bus and coach brands are also included in the sales lists. Clear and universal classifications, financing, warranties, service contracts, retrofits such as the turning assistant, and leasing offers form the basis for the success of the BusStore used bus and touring coach brand.