THE FIRST SPRINTER CITY 75 ON THE ROAD IN GERMANY
The first new Sprinter City 75 is put into use in the German city Göppingen and its surrounding area on regular-service bus routes. Göppingen is a city in which regular-service buses cannot be used due to the tight dimensions in the town's centre. The operator, Omnibusverkehr-Reisen Frank & Stöckle, has chosen for the new Sprinter 75 because “it meets our requirements and is also very attractive in terms of its design", says co-owner Manfred Frank.
The latest generation of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter City 75 minibus is 8.5 m long and can accommodate as many as 38 passengers. The independent skeleton construction makes a wheelbase of 5095 mm possible. The permissible gross vehicle weight is 6.8 tonnes in a two-axle configuration. The twin tyres of the driven axle allow for a payload of 5 tonnes. Air suspension ensures a constant vehicle level.
Frank & Stöckle has the low-floor area fitted with five folding seats, a wheelchair space and standing spaces. In addition to this, a grab rail concept featuring ceiling-mounted and vertical grab rails has been integrated in the vehicle. The interior also has a destination display and there are USB charging sockets installed both in the low-floor area and at the seats.
The driver's workplace is shaped by a modern multifunction steering wheel, a PA system with gooseneck microphone, MBUX multimedia system with high-resolution touchscreen and an electric roller sunblind. Plus, the driver's workplace and the passenger area are equipped with separate, powerful climate control systems. The City 75 comes equipped as standard with Active Brake Assist, Headlamp Assist and Crosswind Assist. In order to facilitate the work of drivers at night time and at dusk, High Performance headlamps are also used. The proven 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission with Drive Select and gearshift paddles is standard. A new feature comes in the form of the HOLD function. It automatically keeps the vehicle at a standstill on hills and inclines whilst also facilitating pulling away.