Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, the 100% Indian subsidiary of the world's leading truck manufacturer Daimler AG, has announced the start of sales of the Mercedes-Benz coach - the SHD (super high deck) 2436 with the handing over of the first set of buses to a customer in Chennai.
The luxury coach is manufactured at its plant in Oragadam here. It offers a high seating capacity of up to 61 pushback seats and 14 cubic meters of luggage space.
Built with a unique aluminique body, this coach is the lightest in its class offering ultra -fuel efficiency.
Erich Nesselhauf, managing director and CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, Markus Villinger, managing director, Daimler Buses India, handed over the keys to KPN Raajesh, owner of KPN Travels, at the DICV Bus plant in Chennai. KPN Travels is one of the largest luxury coach operators in south India with a fleet size of over 330 intercity buses.
Commenting on the occasion, Villinger said, "This product, being the longest coach in the country built with strong features, is sure to set benchmarks in ultra-luxury travel. We are excited to be offering a state-of-the-art vehicle concept to the Indian market. Inter-city travel becomes more safe, comfortable and modern."
The Mercedes-Benz SHD 2436 has an active steerable tag axle that results in low turning circle diameter to effortlessly navigate sharp turns and bends. It also has an advanced braking system and a strategically positioned fuel tank for added safety.
With an investment of Rs 425 crore, the bus plant at Oragadam, near Chennai, produces BharatBenz and Mercedes-Benz buses and houses Wrightbus, an Ireland-based body manufacturer, on its premises.
Catering to diverse needs of the market with a twofold strategy, BharatBenz front-engine buses meets the needs of school, staff and tourist transportation for intra-city travel. In parallel, the premium segment is addressed by Mercedes-Benz rear-engine buses for inter-city transportation. The bus plant manufactures buses with gross vehicle weight of 9, 16 and above 16 ton range. The plant has a capacity of 1,500 units per year scalable to 4,000 units.
The BharatBenz network of over 80 dealerships - ramped up to offer tailor-made service packages and 24X7 after- sales support with advanced interactive vehicle diagnosis for the new Mercedes-Benz coach.