BharatBenz staff buses are now taking to the road. The first order is from customers in Mumbai. Markus Villinger, Managing Director, Daimler Buses India handed over the keys to Manohar Sakpal, Bhagirathi Transport, Rylan Buthello, Buthello Travels and Aldrin Lewis, Aaron Tours.
He spoke of the country’s potential, especially as infrastructure and smart city projects are a focus area. With urban cities battling traffic, employee time spent on commute is considerable. BharatBenz staff buses have been tested at DICV test track in Chennai and on Indian roads. The company will rely on its existing after-sales network and financing solutions that has until now helped create and consolidate DICV trucks.
The Indian Bus segment’s newest entrant uses Aluminique profiles and aerodynamic design for improved fuel efficiency and structural stability. Safety is optimised by using an anti-lock braking system (ABS), front and rear anti-roll bars, fire retardant materials and strategically placed exits. They are being sold in BS III and BSIV variants.
Front engine BharatBenz staff buses keep DICV on track with progress. These buses will address school, staff and tourist transportation for intra-city travel. Other bus launches will follow suit. The 425 crore Oragadam plant manufactures BharatBenz, and Mercedes-Benz buses. Wrightbus is in charge of bus body manufacturing and operates at the bus plant itself.
Premium segment requirements are being met by Mercedes-Benz rear-engine buses for inter-city transportation. Oragadam BharatBenz DICV plant manufactures 9, 16 and above 16 ton range buses. Plant production capacity currently stands at 1,500 units, and can reach 4,000 units. BharatBenz staff buses are being sold across 80 DICV dealerships. Sales is backed by BharatBenz Financial, and Indian banks.