ROCK-AND-ROLL SHOW AT IAA HIGLIGHTS SPRINTER 75
At the meeting of Mercedes-Benz at IAA, it was once called a press conference but with 2000 journalists at the IAA it hardly can be called like this any more, there was a grand reception for the all-new Sprinter City 75. As genuine rockstars Mercedes-Benz let the highlights of the show, buses like the e-Citaro, Sprinter 75 and the Citaro Hybrid which received the 'International Bus of the Year 2019' title, come on to the stage with loud music and a standing ovation from the crowd. An impressive show.
The Sprinter 75 is a bus for the regular public transport in the city and region. But Mercedes-Benz has high expectations of it due to the changing landscape of public transport with less 12m buses and more special and on demand public transport. It is 8.5 meters long and can accommodate 38 passengers. The newcomer has a unique frame structure. A special long wheelbase of 5095 mm forms the basis for a large low floor between the axles. This can be used flexibly with folding chairs, wheelchair and prams or chairs with a quick-change system. The heavy rear axle is exclusively developed and produced for Mercedes-Benz minibuses. The carrying capacity of five tons forms the basis for a permissible total weight of 6.8 tons. Besides the new Sprinter City 75 there is the slightly more compact Sprinter City 45.
The model start-up of the new minibuses will be staggered and will reflect the availability of the Sprinter: It will start later this year with the Sprinter Transfer 23 and 35, the Sprinter Mobility 23 and the completely re-engineered Sprinter City 75 which. The rest of the models in these series will follow next year, as will all models of the Sprinter Travel. Once the model changeover is complete, by autumn of 2019, the product range will comprise more than 20 left-hand-drive and right-hand-drive models.