In the first half of 2007, DaimlerChrysler Buses boosted global sales by 3% to more than 18,600 units. Sales increases were achieved worldwide for both complete buses (5,200 units) and chassis (13,500 units).
These results were released at a press conference held in the run-up to the “Busworld” motor show in Kortrijk, Belgium.
For full-year 2007, DaimlerChrysler Buses expects to match the sales totals registered in 2006. The company also expects global sales of buses over eight tons GVW to grow from 225,000 in 2006 to more than 240,000 units this year.
Growth will be driven by developments in Asia (particularly in India and China) and Latin America (especially Brazil).
DaimlerChrysler Buses will present 18 bus and coach models at “Busworld 2007.” Making their debuts will be the updated Setra TopClass 400 and several new variants of the ComfortClass 400. The Mercedes-Benz stand will showcase the brand’s recently revamped bus range, which is now rounded out by the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Travel 65 minibus.
This fall, the company will unveil the first prototype of a Mercedes-Benz Citaro city bus equipped with a serial diesel-electric hybrid drive system. Pilot operation is scheduled to begin next year, and series production is envisioned for 2009.