MERCEDES-BENZ LAUNCHES A NEW BUS AT BUSWORLD JAKARTA
At Busworld South East Asia PT Daimler Commercial Vehicles Indonesia (DCVI), launched a new Mercedes-Benz coach, the OF 917. It is a body chassis constructed bus with body from Laksana, one of the largest bodybuilders of Indonesia. The chassis is made in India. Besides this novelty Mercedes-Benz could announce at the end of the Jakarta Busworld Show that it had sold over 20 buses.
Next to the new Mercedes-Benz OF 917 there were on display the three latest premium buses by Mercedes-Benz in South East Asia, the OF 1623, O500RS 1836 and OC500RF 2542. DCVI is the official sole sales agent of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles in Indonesia.
Speaking at the event, Christoph Stemmer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said “that with the advancement of Indonesia road infrastructure, we are very proud to see that Mercedes-Benz buses can go beyond a mere transportation tool to a solution of connectivity and people’s mobility”. With the improved Mercedes-Benz OF 917 it maintains its strong characteristics as a leader in its segment with wider total width, full airbrake, better ergonomic driving position and two seat number options. Furthermore, improvements are also made in engine, transmission, axle and suspension which results in a safer, more efficient and comfortable bus operation. The OF 917 is a front engine truck chassis with a 3.9 ltr 4D34i Euro 3 turbo with Intercooler. It delivers 125 kW (170hp) with 520 Nm torque at 1,500-2,000 rpm. There is a manual gearbox MO36S6 on board. Also an automatic Allison T 2,100 is available. The GVW is 10,400 kg. It comes in two versions with a wheelbase of 4,250 mm or in a long version of 5,300 mm. Also a front engine truck chassis is the OF1623 RF with a 6,374 liter OM 906 LA Euro 3 engine with 170 kW (235hp) and 810 Nm torque. Truck chassis are still very popular in South East Asia and are widely used by bodybuilders. Indonesia has 500 to 600 of them with around 100 specialized in bus building.
The other chassis Mercedes-Benz delivers are the 0500RS 1836 with the engine in the rear which delivers 260 kW (349hp) with 1,600 Nm at 1,100 rpm. This is the 12 litre 6 cylinder OM 457 LA Euro 3 engine. The same chassis is there for doubledecker use and comes with the same engine only in 310 kW (422hp) and 1,900 Nm.
Jung Woo Park, Marketing Director for DCVI expressed that during 2018, 5 new dealers serving Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles were opened including in some cities outside Java Island such as Sulawesi and Kalimantan. DCVI also made Busworld South East Asia 2019 the platform to introduce FleetBoard Indonesia to customers. Special offers are provided by DCVI with five FleetBoard Indonesia systems are provided for free to customers purchasing Mercedes-Benz buses during the event. And so they did with over 20 sold vehicles.