MercedesBenz Citaro Wikipedia the free encyclopedia

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Models [ edit ]

model [ edit ]

The standard model is available in a number of

standard 12m twin-axle

10.5m (Citaro K)

15m tri-axle (Citaro L)

18m articulated (Citaro G)

20m four-axle (Citaro GL CapaCity)

12m twin-axle low (Citaro LE)

Suburban/interurban model [ ]

A series of suburban/interurban versions is produced, with all seats on platforms:

12m twin-axle (Citaro Ü)

13m (Citaro MÜ)

15m tri-axle (Citaro LÜ)

18m (Citaro GÜ)

12m twin-axle low entry LE Ü)

13m twin-axle low entry (Citaro LE MÜ)

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Operators are able to between two different front the standard design features an destination display and is primarily for urban buses, while a with a one-piece windscreen the destination display also is and is primarily intended for interurban However, all models are available either version.

Other customizations include the and type of doors as well as the layout. Two types of seats are as part of the standard range, with a basic model for use and an enhanced version for longer-distance although both also are on all models.

Aside from the diesel engines. the Citaro is available with a powerful IV natural gas engine (model M 447 rated at 185 kW (252 PS) or 240 kW (326 PS) the latter rating used for interurban and articulated buses or city buses operating in with a hilly topography. engines are also optionally with Enhanced Environmentally Vehicle (EEV) certification, that their emission are lower than even the stringent European Union standards.

In 2005, Mercedes-Benz/EvoBus launched a new of the Citaro to coincide with the of Euro IV -, Euro V — and EEV engines. Apart from technical alternations, mainly to the new generation of engines, the external received a facelift to give the a less angular look, internal panelling altered Production of the old model ceased by 2006. The Citaro LE and Citaro LE Ü which were introduced at the time, were never to the old design.

Non-standard bodies [ ]

As a one-off, German operators of Hanover and LVB of Leipzig took of a batch of Citaros bodied to a design by James Irvine for the World Exposition. Leipzig’s were lent to Hanover for the of the exhibition, but subsequently returned to service in their home All other Citaros bodied by were to standard designs, a number of chassis were by independent manufacturers, most Hess of Switzerland. However, the has more recently only sold as a complete product.


In 2007 the workshops of the Szeged bus operator SZKT converted a Citaro to a trolleybus. As of April 5 such buses are already as a trolley and more examples are in in the near future. [ 1 ]

In 2009, the of Ambulance Services in Dubai delivery of three Citaros, had been modified to become the largest ambulances .

In 2010, the city Rennes ordered a version of the Citaro, the Citaro M . is 13 meters long with an arrangement. 15 vehicules were over the chassis of the Setra

Hydrogen fuel cell [ edit ]

Even though the usual models are powered by diesel or gas. there is also a fuel cell -powered designated Citaro BZ or O530BZ . 35 of these buses have in service in a variety of different cities in order to test the of hydrogen fuel cells in operating circumstances and different especially weather conditions.

electric version [ edit ]

The Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid is a articulated bus with a compact 450 kg, 4.8-litre, 160 kW, Euro 4 OM-924LA engine providing power for a 19.4 kWh lithium-ion battery and four 80 kW electric wheel hub located on the centre and rear (Contrast a conventional bus diesel 6-cylinder, 12-litre, 1,000 The battery pack is also by regenerative braking (recuperation). The anticipates fuel consumption 20% to 30% than conventional diesel Field trials with a transport operator are planned for [ 2 ] [ 3 ] [ 4 ]

London fires [ edit ]

Transport for London bought Citaros in 2003 and 2004, buses caught fire, there were no casualties In fact, one was burnt on its delivery for unexplained reasons. Mercedes-Benz however, address the problem, the buses were withdrawn for time that saw the brief of the just-retired Routemasters. Unfortunately, buses were said to marred the reputation of articulated in the United Kingdom, and some nicknamed them Chariots of [ 5 ]

All bendybuses have now been and some are now in service with Malta. However some 12m examples still exist for General’s Red Arrow routes 507 and There also some in use other operators on suburban The same articulated buses have been shipped to have been withdrawn 3 similar fires in as many [ 6 ]

Latin American Citaros [ ]

In Latin America, Citaros are not in large quantities in public systems. Only Mexico has 14 Citaros for the BRT Internal System of .

It is rumored that several transport enterprises have to acquire Citaros in Mexico.

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