Mercedes' buses were especially designed to be used in a wide range of activities, starting with football league matches and ending with demonstrations or disaster relief. And because police officers need to be transported quickly, the Tourismo buses include several advanced functions, such as high engine power and advanced safety standards.
First of all, the bus is powered by a diesel engine producing a maximum power of 300 kW (408 horsepower) incorporating Mercedes' BlueTech diesel technology for lowered emissions and complying with Euro 5 standard. Secondly, it has several safety features such as ESP (Electronic Stability Program), ABS (anti-lock braking system), ASR (acceleration skid control) and BA (Brake Assist).
Since it was especially addressed to police forces, the bus was customized with rotating beacons with blue lights, flashing front beacons, 40 protective helmets and riot-control shields. Moreover, the German carmaker installed power sockets for laptops and mobile phones, combined with an advanced telecommunications and data processing system.
"We are very pleased to be equipping the Federal Police with these new personnel carriers", says Director Karl-Heinz Meier, head of the Police Technology and Materials Management department at the Federal Police headquarters in Potsdam. "They ensure that our police officers will be able to reach their operational assignments in safety, comfort and in an environmentally friendly manner".