Following the liberalisation of long-distance bus travel from 1 January 2013 more and more companies are introducing an increasing number of long-distance connections. Long-distance buses are "in" right now, winning customers over with attractive prices, a good environmental record and comfortable touring coaches. The city2city brand of the long-distance operator National Express Germany GmbH has announced a launch from 2 April of additional long-distance lines for the German market. city2city will be bringing the most state-of-the-art and comfortable long-distance bus fleet in Germany to the roads. As the first provider to do so, city2city has Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart and Augsburg in its planned routes along with five large cities in the Rhine-Ruhr region. The travel network will be gradually expanded, with additional connections being added as soon as July. On 25 March 2013 Roderick Donker van Heel, head of National Express Germany GmbH, and Mirko Haas, operations manager for National Express Germany GmbH, received the first 13 of 15 Tourismo M buses for their long-distance fleet at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Mannheim from Roland Sabais, Head of Sales for Mercedes-Benz Bus and Coach Unit, Region West.