25 YEARS MERCEDES-BENZ TOURISMO; 30,000 UNITS PRODUCED!
25 years ago, the Mercedes-Benz Tourismo enjoyed its world premiere and now Mercedes-Benz has handed over the 30,000th unit making the Tourismo the best-selling touring coach in all of Europe. The current third generation was introduced two years ago.
The 30.000th anniversary model was handed over to Rafał Jańczuk in Warsaw who is the Managing Director of the Polish bus company RAF TRANS. The Mercedes-Benz Tourismo forms the backbone of its fleet with which RAF TRANS performs tourist routes, long-distance regular service lines and VIP shuttles. RAF TRANS has a fleet of around 220 buses. Rafał Jańczuk, at the handover of the 30,000th Tourismo: "For businesses, the Tourismo is a real economic miracle, plus for passengers and driver's it is a safe and comfortable bus." The anniversary model is a 12.3-metre-long, high-deck touring coach and features equipment as the Active Brake Assist 4, ESP, ART (autonomous intelligent cruise control system), Lane Assistant and Attention Assist. Passengers sit on Travel Star Eco seats featuring the especially comfortable Luxline upholstery. The driver has a leather multifunction steering wheel. The high-deck bus is powered by the highly efficient and low-emission Mercedes-Benz OM 70 six-cylinder inline engine with 290 kW (394 hp) output. The Tourismo offers an air resistance value of Cd 0.33. With the Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) cruise control system or the Eco Driver Feedback (EDF) system which provides personalised tips for the current driving style it reduces both fuel consumption and emissions.
The success story of the Mercedes-Benz Tourismo started in 1994, albeit having celebrated its debut under a different name: O 350 Tourismo. It was the first bus with a three-pointed star which had a name. The high-decker was destined for the business segment – above all, it was economical but also especially comfortable and solidly built. After selling more than 26,000 units, the third generation of the high-deck Tourismo was launched on the market in autumn 2017. The photo shows the handover with from left to right: Roman Biondi (EvoBus), Rafał Jańczuk (managing director RAF TRANS), Katarzyna Troicka-Jańczuk (managing director RAF TRANS), Aleks Jańczuk (RAF TRANS) und Artur Konarski (CEO EvoBus Polska).