At the contract signing ceremony attended by Wolf-Dieter Kurz, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Türk, and Hayri Baracli, Managing Director of IETT, Mr Baracli emphasised the many years of successful collaboration between the two companies and was clearly delighted with the follow-up order. "Looking back on a proud tradition of more than 140 years, IETT continues to inject vitality into a modern Istanbul," he said. "We are upgrading our vehicle fleet by investing primarily in Mercedes-Benz city buses for use across Istanbul’s public transport network. This will significantly improve the comfort and efficiency of travel in Istanbul." IETT will operate Mercedes-Benz Conecto city buses in scheduled service and will implement the spacious Mercedes-Benz CapaCity buses as part of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) urban mobility concept. Operating in lanes not shared by private vehicles, BRT makes a substantial contribution to easing the load on inner city traffic.
The 221 ordered Mercedes-Benz Conecto articulated buses will be built at the Mercedes-Benz bus/coach plant in Hosdere and delivered to the customer by September 2012. Measuring 18 metres in length, the low-floor bus can accommodate up to 160 passengers. Its design incorporates low entry/exit steps to increase the rate of passenger flow. By implementing BlueTEC diesel technology to reduce pollutant and particulate emissions, the Mercedes-Benz Conecto complies with the Euro V environmental standard.