653 Mercedes-Benz O 500 U low-floor buses were ordered by five customers - Buses Gran Santiago, Buses Metropolitana, Las Araucarias, Nuevo Milenio, and STP - while the remaining will be delivered to Buses Vule.
“We’re delighted about every contract we get and are of course especially proud when we receive an order for more than 1,000 units,” says Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses. “It once again demonstrates that customers all over the world deliberately decide to purchase our products because of their high quality and reliability.”
The 1,045 chassis to be delivered to Chile will be manufactured in Botucatu, Sao Paulo State, by the large auto body builder, Caio, while the entire order will be financed by Brazil’s development bank BNDES (Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social).
“The fact that we received South America’s biggest bus order this year shows how dedicated the colleagues at Daimler Buses are to serving our customers and winning them over to our products. It’s something we’re all very proud of,” says Joachim Maier, Head of Mercedes-Benz do Brasil, who is responsible for the bus business in Latin America.
“Following the economically challenging first half of the year, this major contract is an important step in our efforts to further expand our position in an increasingly stable Latin American market.”