Colombiabus newsroom – Mercedes-Benz Do Brazil
MORE THAN 500,000 BUSES SOLD
About 65 years have passed, since a rear-end front-engine chassis (tromp on type) went out of production at the Mercedes-Benz plant in São Bernardo do Campo (State of São Paulo). Since then, the brand has focused on offering transportation solutions that run on streets, avenues and highways in Brazil and Latin America, with the most complete line, from minibuses to large buses.
Its outstanding pioneering position led the brand to become a leader in the sale of buses in the national market, with an emphasis also on exports to Latin American countries and other continents. Currently, it is the largest manufacturer in the sector in Brazil, being Daimler’s World Competence Center for the development of Mercedes-Benz bus chassis. Chassis are also sent from the plant to markets such as Africa and Asia.
The brand offers customers the most complete line of buses in the Brazilian market, consisting of LO and OF models with front engine, OH family and O 500 with rear engine. They are micro, conventional buses, standard, super standard, articulated and super articulated, which translate into solutions for all the demands of urban public transport. While for the road, models of short, medium and long distances are available for both the road and rental segments, with more than 500,000 units sold throughout the history of the plant.
Reference in active safety
New technologies advance and the brand has increasingly become a market reference in active safety for road buses. For 2018, the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system was introduced, available on the O500 series buses (RS, RSD and RSDD). Using sensors at the front, the adaptive autopilot helps the driver keep the bus at a safe distance from the vehicle in front. In an extreme emergency situation, if the driver does not react, the system acts, automatically braking the vehicle to avoid the impact.
O 500 road buses equipped with the Active Safety Package also include AEBS (Automatic Emergency Braking System), LDWS (Lane Warning System), TPMS (Tire Pressure and Temperature Monitoring System), hill start, retarder, auxiliary engine brake, suspension with anti-tip system, ABS, traction control, EBS (electronic brake system), electronically controlled air suspension, ESP (electronic stability control), steering rear axle (for versions 6X2 and 8X2) that focuses on greater stability, disc brakes and power mode, a feature that offers more safety when overtaking.
Also focused on offering solutions for bus users, Mercedes-Benz has a team specialized in massive urban public transport systems, such as BRT, lanes and dedicated lanes. The Company thus has extensive knowledge to propose and discuss solutions to the demands of bus mobility, working together with different areas of society.
As a Daimler Group company, Mercedes-Benz do Brazil has all the knowledge to work with electromobility in Latin America and is prepared to provide an appropriate solution to the reality of each country. This will happen at the right time, considering the technological, economic and commercial viability, the partnership with the bodybuilders and the support in terms of infrastructure for all customers.