Daimler unveils IAA, Hanover line up

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Launching at IAA, Hanover is the Setra MultiClass LE available in two lengths
Launching at IAA, Hanover is the Setra MultiClass LE available in two lengths

Citaro, Tourismo, Travego, Setra ComfortClass 500 MD, Setra 511/519 HD and MultiClass LE all feature in Daimler’s line up for the 2014 International Commercial Vehicle show

Mercedes-Benz and Setra have a host of innovations to show at the 2014 International Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover (September 25 to October 2).

At over 40,000 units, the Mercedes-Benz Citaro is Mercedes-Benz’s best-selling bus of all time. The Citaro G articulated bus is now optionally available with the compact, horizontally installed OM 936 h six-cylinder in-line engine. It produces 260 kW (354 bhp) from its 7.7-litre displacement while reaching a maximum torque of 1,400Nm. The Power Boost System (PBS) uses compressed-air injection to accelerate the torque build-up at lower engine speeds. This gives pull-away characteristics on a par with those of a larger-sized engine. A key advantage is that, owing to the low engine weight and small installation space, the capacity of the Citaro G is increased by up to eight passengers.

The Citaro G also benefits from the new and improved ATC (Articulation Turntable Controller). The show vehicle is additionally equipped with a new generation of electronics.

For 2014, The Mercedes-Benz Intouro has additional length variants. The model range is made up of two-axle vehicles from 12.14m to 13.32m.

From next year, the Mercedes-Benz Tourismo will be available with the SPA Lane Assistant, which employs a camera system behind the windscreen to detect when the vehicle unintentionally changes lane or risks going off the road. From next spring, it will additionally be fitted with the AEBS Advanced Emergency Braking System.

Previously available only for the three-axle models, the Mercedes-Benz OM 470 six-cylinder in-line engine is now also on offer for the two-axle high-decker. With a power output of 315kW (428hp), it delivers 2,100Nm of torque.

The Mercedes-Benz Travego will be available with Active Brake Assist (ABA) 3 from mid-2015. A new option is Predictive Powertrain Control, designed to further reduce fuel consumption.

Originating from the ComfortClass 500 modular system, the ComfortClass 500 MD family consisting of the S515 MD (length 12.3m) and S516 MD (13.1m) has the same genetic makeup as the HD while combining the passenger compartment of a ComfortClass high-decker with a lower under structure.

The Setra S511 HD is also a product of the ComfortClass 500 modular system and, at a length of 10.47m, makes the new shorter high-decker suitable for numerous assignments. A wheelbase of 5,005mm makes for a turning circle of 17.5m.

At the other extreme, with a length of 14.95m, Setra’s longest coach, the S519, holds 71 passenger seats without toilet or 65 with.

Power comes from an OM 471 six-cylinder in-line engine, which, with an output of 350kW (476hp) and 2,300Nm of torque, is the most powerful engine in the ComfortClass 500 range. Fitted as standard is the fully automated GO 250-8 PowerShift transmission.

The Setra MultiClass UL is joined by the new Setra MultiClass LE, available in two lengths of 12.33m and 13.04m, and combining low entry with a high deck.

Launched last year, the top of the range Setra TopClass 500 includes three premium three-axle coaches in lengths from 12.5m to 14.17m.

The latest, Euro VI-compliant version of the Setra TopClass S431 DT double-decker is powered by the rear-mounted OM 471 six-cylinder in-line engine with 12.8-litre displacement, 375kW (510 hp) output and a torque of 2,500Nm. It has optional  Predictive Powertrain Control, secondary water retarder, feedback-controlled ancillaries and on-board power supply management with an intelligent battery sensor.