Grounds for celebration in the EvoBus plant in Ligny-en-Barrois in Eastern France: the 15,000th bus to be produced since the plant opened in 1981 rolled off the line just a few days ago. Since 2008 the plant has specialised in manufacturing the best seller for the Daimler Buses subsidiary EvoBus: the Citaro urban bus. The milestone bus, which is part of the current Citaro Euro VI generation, is going to the French municipality Saint-Nazaire.
"The Ligny plant is an important member of the European production network of Daimler Buses. We have been successfully producing the Mercedes-Benz Citaro here since 1998," explained Dr. Jan Hegner, Plant Manager of Ligny-en-Barrois since July 2009. Two out of three Citaros produced in Ligny today go to French customers; other units are exported primarily to Germany, Spain, Belgium and Switzerland. French customers in particular appreciate the close contact enjoyed with the French plant. Jean Averland, President of EvoBus France: "The plant in Ligny makes it possible for us to react very quickly and flexibly to our French customers' wishes. This is a key factor for success in the French bus market."
The new Citaro Euro VI generation was successfully launched in May of last year. The Citaro leads the way in its class, as reflected in the prestigious "Bus of the Year 2013" title awarded jointly by industry publications across Europe. In 16 years of production, the Citaro has become the most sought-after urban bus on the European market.