Stuttgart/Kortrijk - The European bus and coach jury at this year’s international bus and coach fair, “Bus World Kortrijk”, voted the Mercedes-Benz Travego - since the beginning of 2009 in its third generation - “Coach of the Year 2010″. Stuart Jones, president of the Coach of the Year jury, handed the trophy to Michael Göpfarth, manager of the Mercedes-Benz Bus and Coach Unit of EvoBus GmbH, on October 15.
The Travego emerged victorious after the jury of experts from 17 European countries put it through its paces together with four other European competitors at the Coach Euro Test in June 2009 in Senlis, Paris. The Coach Euro Test takes place every two years and is one of the most important coach tests in the bus and coach sector.
Among criteria such as economy, environmental compatibility, handling and comfort, safety was paramount. According to Hartmut Schick, head of Daimler Buses, “safety has always been, and is, the most important brand value for Mercedes-Benz. All three generations of our flagship coach have been market trendsetters in their own right. As far back as 1999, the Travego already featured an electronic brake system (EBS), anti-lock brake system (ABS), acceleration skid control (ASR) and a retarder as standard. Further safety features were introduced with the second generation, such as Lane Keeping Assist (SPA) and proximity control system (ART). The third generation of the coach witnessed the world premiere of Active Brake Assist (ABA) – also known as Emergency Brake Assist. With every Safety Coach on the road we are helping to enhance road safety and as a result to save lives”.