August 8, 2006
Mercedes-Benz delivers Euro-5 compatible bus
Stuttgart, Germany – Mercedes-Benz has delivered seven Citaro urban buses, equipped with Euro 5-compliant turbodiesel engines, well ahead of the Euro-5 emissions standard requirement that will come due in the European Union in 2008/2009. The buses were delivered to Hamm, Germany and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Rotterdam has ordered a total of 90 buses.
From October 2006, diesel engines in Europe will have to comply with the Euro-4 emissions standard. The new Citaro buses use Mercedes’ Blue-Tec diesel technology, based on Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) coupled with a larger particulate filter. Compared to Euro-4, Euro-5 stipulates a further 43 per cent reduction in the nitrogen oxide content of exhaust gases.
The buses include an electronic self-levelling suspension system that allows them to “kneel” for easier passenger access, additional folding ramps for passengers with restricted mobility, a hard-wearing “sprayed-on” floor covering, automatic bus-stop announcement system, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and acceleration skid control, an independent front suspension and a turning circle that is half a metre smaller than the first-generation Citaro bus.