The current large orders for Mercedes-Benz do Brasil include, among other things, 50 new OF 1721-model buses for "Rodoviaria Caxanga" a public transport company of Olinda City in northeastern Brazil. With around 1000 buses, Rodoviaria Caxanga belongs to one of the largest regional fleet operators, "Empresa Metropolitana", which is equipped predominatly with Mercedes-Benz buses.
"For the buses in our fleet we rely on the extraordinary quality and the overall economy of the vehicles from Mercedes-Benz", explains Paulo Junior, Managing Director of "Empresa Metropolitana".
Public transport company "VIP Transportes Urbano" in Brazil's São Paulo metropolitan region recently put 30 new Mercedes-Benz low-floor Type O500 articulated buses into operation. The up to 23-meter-long, four-axle articulated buses can transport as many as 200 passengers comfortably, offering a higher level of comfort thanks to the generous spacing of the seating areas.The low-floor models enable comfortable access at sidewalk level at the bus stops. The articulated buses from Mercedes-Benz are optimally suited to the requirements of Bus Rapid Transit systems (BRT) in which urban line vehicles travel in separate bus lanes to enable rapid transport of passengers in large cities.
"Such transport concepts are in great demand in Brazil in the framework of the important sports event.Nine of the twelve cities that will host games of the World Soccer Championship have opted for this system", explains Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses, adding: "We’re in business: The BRT market penetration with Mercedes-Benz urban buses in Brazil is about 70 percent."
In 2012 the company delivered more than 520 urban buses to the major cities of Fortaleza and Riberão Preto. Rio de Janeiro received more than 90 articulated buses bearing the three-pointed star for its BRT system "Transoeste", inaugurated last June.