PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – Keeping on its path towards driving the shift to a more sustainable and efficient future in the bus and coach industry, on 7 September 2022, Mercedes-Benz Buses, an integral brand of Daimler Truck Southern Africa (DTSA) introduced its new 0500 RSD 2442 Coach Chassis in South Africa. Building on its predecessor’s proven efficiency, reliability, safety, and comfort, the new Coach Chassis sets the standard in the coach segment. Mercedes-Benz Buses meticulously designed the new Coach Chassis for the tough Southern Africa terrain, with multiple options for body builders – continuing on its long-standing tradition of working with locally renowned body builders to offer tailored bodies that are suitable for operator business requirements.
Mercedes-Benz Buses continuously improves its existing product offering through ongoing inputs from its customers and integrates all that know-how expertise into offering total solutions that are tailored to specific operators’ needs. A prime example, the new Coach Chassis is available with an all-inclusive Service and Maintenance Contract package and in-house tailor-made finance solutions through Daimler Truck Financial Services (DTFS).
Jason Brunninger, General Manager Mercedes-Benz Buses shares the excitement about the new coach: “I am elated as we officially present to you our new 0500 RSD 2442 Coach Chassis, which ticks all the boxes in the coach segment. The introduction of this model marks an important milestone in the continued expansion of our product range, and further strengthen our commitment in the bus and coach industry across the region. I am excited to say that the future of our industry has never been this bright and as Mercedes-Benz Buses, we remain committed in keeping Africa moving – proving mobility solutions that not only add value to our customer’s businesses but to our country’s economic growth as well”.
Sustained power under all driving conditions
The new 0500 RSD 2442 Coach Chassis comes standard with a trusted 6-cylinder, OM 457 engine coupled with a new automatic gearbox which ensures maximum efficiency, reliability, and durability.
Enhanced safety, driver comfort, and efficient driving performance
Safety in the new Coach Chassis is top priority, and to achieve this the new model is fully equipped with advanced safety systems such as the electronic brake system (EBS), electronic stability control (ESP) and anti-lock braking system (ABS), making it one of the safest buses yet.
Another impressive well-thought-out safety feature added in the new Coach Chassis is the ASR-anti slip regulation which limits wheel spin in wet and gravel conditions. This provides huge savings on tyres and maintenance costs.
Furthermore, comfort and ease of operation are at the core in the new Coach Chassis with better driver ergonomics – offering automatic transmission, adjustable steering column, cruise control, and air suspension with level control. This enable drivers to optimize their driving positions to maximize comfort and minimize fatigue.
In addition to this, the new cluster in the new Coach Chassis provides the drivers’ area with a completely new interface for information and communication, making it easier to view and manage different functions, creating less distraction.