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20.06.2007 von admin

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Mercedes Tourismo M:
The test coach in detail

  • Successor to Europe's top-selling high-deck coach
  • Tourismo M: one of the best-sellers in the range
  • Passenger compartment: contemporary, homely feel
  • Driver's area: lots of room, ergonomic joystick, superb visibility
  • Economical engine, smooth power transmission
  • Extremely economical to buy and service

Even the paintwork on the test coach reflects the ambitious goals set for the new Tourismo: the metallic paint shimmers with its warm "icon gold" finish. The new Tourismo aims to clinch the gold medal for touring coaches in the business seg-ment from its predecessor: the first-generation Tourismo was by far Europe's best-selling high-deck coach, notching up around 1000 units a year on average throughout its long career. Nine months after the new Tourismo was unveiled, the order book speaks volume: the current Tourismo is not only adding another chapter to the success story of the outgoing generation but is taking the concept to entirely new heights.

Just one look at the urban Mediterranean landscape motif adorning the sides of the Tourismo and the travel bug strikes. The craftsmanship with its structure-like film appears three-dimensional and transparent, almost like peering into a diorama through the panelling on the high-deck coach. The warm colours of the paintwork and motif echo the contemporary trend of increasingly moving away from cool, seemingly technical colours.

Tourismo M: a best-seller in the range
The test coach is a trend-setter in every respect: together with the 12.1 m-long two-axle Tourismo, the 13 m-long Tourismo M with three axles is the best-seller in the range comprising four models. The Tourismo M combines many advantages: thanks to its gross vehicle weight rating of 24 tonnes (dependent on country of registration, for example Germany), weight is not an issue, even when fully configured or fitted out with a full contingent of seats.

Thanks to the sophisticated hydraulically steered trailing axle, the Tourismo M is also extremely agile: its turning circle is just 21.2 m. The third axle is also steered when reversing, making it far easier to manoeuvre while reducing tyre wear in the process. The axle is also hydraulically centred when driving in a straight line, provi-ding outstanding straight-running. Once the steering angle on the front axle exceeds five degrees, the third axle provides additional steering, making the high-deck coach very agile.

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