Just a few days before the first World Cup qualifying match against the Faroe Islands, Mercedes-Benz has presented a new team bus to the German national football team. In future, the team under head coach Joachim Löw will be driven to matches in a Mercedes-Benz Travego Edition 1. The bus was used for the first time before the first World Cup qualifier against the Faroese on 7 September in Hanover. This exclusive, premium high-decker is the new flagship product from the Mercedes-Benz Bus and Coach unit. "As our current top-of-the-range model it not only features exceptional comfort and an array of equipment, but also sets benchmarks in terms of safety and eco-friendliness," says Hartmut Schick, head of Daimler Buses.
The Travego Edition 1 is the world's first series production touring coach to meet the Euro 6 emissions standard and comes with a new BlueEFFICIENCY Power engine, a new transmission and cockpit, and unique safety features such as Active Brake Assist 2. Its sporty lines also give it a powerful and dynamic look. The national squad used the handover of the bus as an opportunity to hold a special training session for the residents of Barsinghausen, near Hanover: a football tennis match took place in the town's market square with Holger Badstuber, Jérôme Boateng, Mario Götze, Ilkay Gündogan, Benedikt Höwedes, Toni Kroos, Per Mertesacker, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Müller, Marcel Schmelzer, Marc-André ter Stegen and Ron-Robert Zieler. Surrounded by a crowd of enthusiastic onlookers, the team of Thomas Müller and Ilkay Gündogan narrowly beat the team of Mario Götze and Ron-Robert Zieler in a tricky match.