The new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider, which embodies the unique global know-how of Mercedes-Benz, the inventor of the bus, is produced at Mercedes-Benz Türk Hoşdere Bus Factory, one of the most important and integrated bus production facilities in the world of Daimler, and exported to North America. The new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider; It is a new milestone for North American buses with its design, comfort, technology, safety, customization and economic features. The new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider is getting off the belts with tailor-made orders for customers only in line with the needs of the American market.
Süer Sülün, Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes-Benz Türk; “We are breaking new ground by producing the Mercedes-Benz Tourrider, which will only be sold in the North American market, at our Hoşdere Bus Factory, which has become one of the most modern bus production centers in the world. We built a new production building at our Hoşdere Bus Factory for the Mercedes-Benz Tourrider, whose body is made of stainless steel. With the new Tourrider; In our Mercedes-Benz Türk Hoşdere Bus Factory, a stainless steel bus is produced for the first time with the production line created specifically for the vehicle.
We have not only been limited to production, but also assumed important responsibilities in the R&D activities of Mercedes-Benz Tourrider. Our factory, which produces the highest number of buses in Europe in the Daimler world and also carries out extensive road tests in R&D activities, has become one of the symbols of stability in our country. In addition to production, we make significant investments in product development and technology, and we export engineering to the whole world. We continue our journey with new duties, both locally and globally, by successfully fulfilling the responsibilities we have assumed so far.” said.
New investment and firsts in Turkey for Mercedes-Benz Tourrider
The body of the new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider will be made of stainless steel, and a new production building has been built for this at Hoşdere Bus Factory. In the new production facility, the body of the vehicle is painted in the paint shop after it is produced from stainless steel material. In this sense, with the new Tourrider; At Mercedes-Benz Türk Hoşdere Bus Factory, a stainless steel bus is produced for the first time with a production line specially created for the vehicle.
Breaking new ground with the new Tourrider, Mercedes-Benz Türk has implemented equipment such as the first glass roof application among the buses it has produced so far, the front and rear bumpers compatible with the exterior design lines developed specifically for this vehicle with shock absorbing effect, and emergency exit windows that can be opened outwards. spent. In addition, for the first time, a roof covering made of glass fiber composite material was used in this vehicle. With a primer application specially developed for the stainless steel body, the desired adhesion of paint and adhesive material on the bodywork was achieved.
The signature of Turkish engineers in the R&D of the new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider
Hosdere Bus Factory, one of Daimler's most important and integrated bus centers, also assumed important responsibilities in the R&D activities of the new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider.
Stainless steel was chosen as the raw material for the new bus project created in line with the demands in the North American market. Thus, a concept that meets the expectations of the market in corrosion resistance was presented. Stainless steel, which is a new world in many aspects such as strength and production technique in bus bodywork; It was developed in accordance with the manufacturing processes by performing analyzes and tests according to new parameters. In order to meet the American tipping standard FMVSS 227, high-strength stainless steel has been used in certain regions to be future-ready, although not yet mandatory, and these solutions have been validated by simulation and analysis. However, studies are continuing to fully provide FMVSS 227 regulation. Prototypes of the stainless steel body, completely developed by Turkish engineers, were produced in Turkey and assembly tests were carried out at Hoşdere Bus Factory. During the development phase, many tests were carried out to provide the desired strength at the welding points, and the welding wire and parameters suitable for the stainless steel material used were determined.
The applications required for the commissioning of the buses in production and the applications necessary for the maintenance and repair of the buses at the service centers in the USA after sales were developed specifically for these buses by the bus R&D diagnostic team. These applications have been tested and validated on prototypes. It is planned that the changes and support requests that may arise regarding these applications in the future will be met by the Mercedes-Benz Türk Bus R&D Diagnosis Team.
Patented solutions applied
The search for new raw materials needed for the first bus made of stainless steel resulted in the receipt of new patents. The columns on the side wall of the bus are among the most basic carrier parts of the vehicle. Mercedes-Benz Türk Bus R&D Center also carried out a special study in order to protect the volume defined as the living space in terms of passenger safety in case the buses lie on their sides in the event of an accident. Thick and high-strength materials were used thanks to the "Pipe in Pipe" application (Nested Profiles), which was developed specifically for these buses for the first time, designed and patented for the side parts of the buses. New and high-strength raw materials were used for stainless pipe materials suitable for these properties.
In addition, for the first time, a bumper with very high energies damping feature has been developed specifically for this vehicle. In this way, the parts on the front surface of the vehicle were protected in collisions up to a certain speed, and the vehicle was allowed to continue on the road. In the development work, which was carried out entirely by Mercedes-Benz Turkish engineers, it was taken into account that the structure should be as light as possible despite the fact that it absorbs such high energy, while ensuring harmony with the exterior lines of the vehicle. In addition to the patents obtained from the Turkish Patent Institute as a result of the studies, evaluations regarding the patent application are continuing in the USA.
The new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider: from Turkey to the roads of North America
Meeting the needs of the North American market, which attaches great importance to product quality, in all its models, Mercedes-Benz offers two versions, Tourrider Business and Tourrider Premium. The new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider hits the road with a length of 13,72 meters (13,92 meters with special shock absorbing bumpers), three axles and a high roof. Positioned as the "Business Class" version of passenger buses, Tourrider Business is a passenger bus developed to meet high expectations. Tourrider Premium, on the other hand, meets the expectations of first-class travel as a “luxury passenger bus”.
The new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider immediately makes you feel like a member of the Mercedes-Benz world, even from afar. The horizontal front design architecture with headlights in line with the chrome-framed front grille with a central star draws attention as a characteristic design element specific to the brand. Although the body structures are the same, the Tourrider Business is differentiated by the use of independent LED dome headlights. The Tourrider Premium is equipped with specially developed LED integrated headlights. When viewed from the rear of the Tourrider Premium, the trapezoidal rear window with the brand-specific integrated Mercedes star draws attention, while the Tourrider Business model uses a black louver-like coating reminiscent of “American Classics” instead of the rear window. Aerodynamically optimized from front to rear to reduce fuel consumption, the new Tourrider fuses design and function in the same pot.
Specially equipped passenger cabin and Top Sky Panorama glass roof
The passenger compartment, which is 6 cm higher than the Tourrider Business version of Tourrider Premium, allows passengers to enjoy a large living space. Mercedes-Benz Tourrider offers everyone an extremely comfortable and comfortable seating area. For example, two wheelchair spaces are optionally offered to customers, while the automatic elevator provides a comfortable and practical use. In addition, the lift can be hidden above the rear axles to save space. The Tourrider Premium can optionally be equipped with the unique Top Sky Panorama glass roof and a corresponding ceiling lighting system. In the evening or night driving, optional ambient lighting creates a unique visual feast. LED strips illuminate along the left and right side of the cabin, under the luggage racks and under the window trims. In addition, an optional package shelf concept, similar to the one in airplanes, is offered in order to further increase passenger comfort. Monitors in the passenger compartment are distributed inside the vehicle in accordance with the demands of the American market and are positioned in accordance with the seats. A total of 16 patent applications were made by the Mercedes-Benz Türk Bus R&D team, especially in these scopes, in the scope of other interior equipment and interior coatings.
Comfortable Mercedes-Benz Travel Star Eco seats are offered as standard in Tourrider Business. The seats of the Tourrider Premium, on the other hand, provide a luxury class experience. Travel Star Xtra with Luxline upholstery is known as Mercedes-Benz's best coach seats. If the bus companies want; It can further strengthen the unique character of the Tourrider with different fabrics, colors, ornaments, quilted fabrics or with leather-fiber combination materials that are stylish but easy to maintain. Different design options are also offered for the interior. A pair of USB and/or 110-volt sockets are also available for passengers to charge their electronic devices between the double seats.
Engineers also paid great attention to the heating and air conditioning system of the Mercedes-Benz Tourrider. The 35 kW integrated air conditioner bearing the signature of Eberspächer/Sütrak provides a cool environment even on the hottest days. It also has a separate 9 kW air conditioner for the driver's cockpit.
Two different cockpits, numerous innovative driving assistance and safety systems
With their work of great responsibility, drivers have traditionally always played a leading role for Mercedes-Benz engineers and designers. While Tourrider Business offers an impressive structure with its dynamic and functional “Cockpit Basic Plus”; Tourrider Premium, on the other hand, is equipped with the luxurious and functional "Cockpit Comfort Plus". Both cockpits offer a highly ergonomic design and numerous practical and innovative functions. The two cockpit approaches also differ in design and structure apart from hardware.
The driver supports many functions. The button of the electronic parking brake, which is offered as standard, is located on the left side of the driver, providing ease of use and a high level of safety. In addition, the luggage compartment covers on the left and right sides can be locked separately with a key. Open covers are shown on the instrument panel.
The concepts of “Mercedes-Benz” and “safety”, which are closely linked to each other, never separate from each other. Industry-leading support systems for accident prevention are one of the strengths of Mercedes-Benz and the new Tourrider. The 360-degree camera system offers a perfect peripheral view when maneuvering and in tight spaces. Both dipped and main beam headlights benefit from the powerful light beam of the two LED headlight systems. The new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider also supports its driver in reversing maneuvers with the “Docking Lights” offered as standard.
The optional Sideguard Assist (Turn Assistant) with radar-based person recognition is just one of the advanced safety features of the new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider. The system warns the driver if there is a moving object or a fixed obstacle, such as a pedestrian, motorcyclist or cyclist, on the side of the door. Thus, it supports the driver and effectively protects other traffic users, especially when turning in residential areas.
The new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider is the first passenger bus to be equipped with Active Brake Assist 5 (ABA 5) with pedestrian detection. In both versions, the world's first emergency brake assist used in buses is offered as standard. The driver assistance system detects people within the system limits, in addition to fixed and moving obstacles, and automatically performs emergency braking until the bus comes to a stop. Active Brake Assist 5 also performs radar-based distance tracking function. This feature is offered as standard in Tourrider Premium. The system puts the driver at ease on main roads and highways. When the driver assistance system detects a slow vehicle ahead, it automatically slows down the bus and maintains it until it reaches a speed-dependent distance predetermined by the driver.
When it detects typical signs of fatigue or inattention, the optional Attention Assistant (ATAS) warns the driver visually and audibly and prompts him to take a break. Lane tracking assistant, which is another driving support system and offered as standard, detects this when the vehicle unintentionally leaves the lane it is in, with the camera system behind the windshield. When the vehicle crosses the road lane, the driver is warned by a clear vibration on the corresponding side of the driver's seat.
Powerful and economical powertrain, comprehensive services
The in-line 6-cylinder Mercedes-Benz OM 471 engine, which has proven its success with its high efficiency level, is used in the new Mercedes-Benz Tourrider. Offering 12,8 HP (450 kW) of power and 336 Nm of torque from a volume of 2100 liters, the engine combines the most advanced engine technologies with its unique flexible high-pressure injection X-Pulse, intercooler, exhaust gas recirculation and SCR (selective catalytic reduction). contains it. Engine; stands out with its high fuel efficiency, high power generation and enhanced reliability level. The power produced by the engine is transferred to the road with the Allison WTB 500R automatic transmission with torque converter.