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03.09.2006 von admin

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Mercedes "CapaCity" concept for a high-capacity urban regular-service bus
  • All-new concept for a high-capacity regular-service bus for the local public transport sector
  • Extends the functionality of the urban-bus concept
  • Capacity of up to 193 passengers, low costs
  • Same mobility and manoeuvrability as a conventional-size articulated bus
  • Currently the only manoeuvrable high-capacity vehicle based on proven components and technology
  • High degree of ride comfort thanks to four axles and pitch/roll control system

On show as a prototype for the first time at MOT 2005, the new "CapaCity" low-floor high-capacity regular-service bus represents an entirely new concept for the public transport sector. Measuring 19.54 metres in length and boasting a Euro 4-compliant engine, the new four-axle, four-door "CapaCity" bus concept with a single articulation joint heralds a new chapter in the development of high-capacity urban buses for regular-service operations.
Despite the size of the vehicle, its distinctive and innovative exterior design ensures that it makes an attractive first impression which clearly identifies it as a member of the Mercedes-Benz urban-bus family. It has an extremely high capacity of up to 193 passengers, allows fast boarding/alighting and can be used wherever required thanks to its manoeuvrability and dynamic qualities. For the purposes of comparison: the 18-metre-long Citaro G articulated bus - which until now held the distinction of being the largest member of the Mercedes-Benz regular-service bus family - can carry a maximum of about 150 passengers. The Mercedes-Benz "CapaCity" also benefits from the advanced vehicle concept and the advanced, tried-and-tested components of the other regular-service bus model series from Mercedes-Benz - this clearly distinguishes the new high-capacity bus concept from technically exotic or extremely complex and costly solutions.

The Mercedes-Benz "CapaCity" represents the carefully considered response of the Mercedes-Benz Bus and Coach unit to the directions in which the European urban-bus market is developing: the "CapaCity" answers public transport operators" calls for passenger-carrying capacity to be concentrated on main routes while reducing fuel, driver, workshop and capital costs. At the same time, it meets the rising expectations which passengers have with regard to the attractiveness of public transport solutions. It also takes full account of the statutory context of developments such as more stringent emissions legislation and the cutting of subsidies.

Capacity of up to 193 passengers, low operating costs

Thanks to its length of 19.54 m as well as the fourth axle and the resulting increase in the permissible gross vehicle weight to 32 tonnes, the "CapaCity", which features a continuous low floor extending to the very rear of the vehicle, has a significantly higher passenger capacity than the articulated buses commonly in use today. Assuming that the permissible standing room of eight people per square metre is used to the full, the payload of 13 tonnes means that the capacity increases - depending on the seating configuration - by as much as 40 percent to attain a maximum of 193 passengers. Four double-width doors, two of which are situated in the trailing section, step-free entrances and exits throughout and areas for standing passengers, parents with pushchairs, and wheelchair users make for fast passenger turnover.

The high capacity of the "CapaCity" is a major plus in several respects: in future, it will be possible to provide the same transport capacity with fewer buses. This significantly reduces purchase, upkeep and staff costs and is also highly beneficial in that it keeps the environmental impact as low as possible. Furthermore, extra costs associated with the conversion of bus stops and other route infrastructure elements can be avoided almost entirely thanks to the "CapaCity" high-capacity urban regular-service bus.

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