In response to the demand for comfortable and safe buses for passenger transportation in East Africa, Daimler has launched two new bus models in Kenya.
The compact Mercedes-Benz 917 which can accommodate up to 37 passengers is ideal for urban, school or shuttle bus service; while the more spacious Mercedes-Benz 1730 that fits 60 is designed for long-distance travel.
“I am very proud to present two new Mercedes-Benz buses for Kenya- together with our partner DT Dobie. With these products, our reliable service and DT Dobies excellent customer care we will convince our customers,” said Ulrich Bastert, Head of Marketing, Sales & Customer Services at Daimler Buses.
Daimler built the buses in Nairobi, for the domestic market and its challenging road conditions, in cooperation with local sales partner DT Dobie Kenya.
The two new bus models are built on the OF 917 (permissible gross vehicle weight of 10.4 tonnes) and OF 1730 (perm. GVW 18 t) bus chassis unlike the majority of buses in Kenya which use truck chassis, their comparatively hard suspension and high entrance steps resulting in low passenger comfort.
These come from the Daimler plants in Chennai, India and São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil and have both already proven themselves in practice on tough routes in the two countries.
The chassis will be assembled locally and equipped with a body by certified body manufacturers in Kenya in accordance with Daimler standards, setting new benchmarks in comfort, safety, and reliability for regional markets in East Africa.
With a total market of up to 2.500 new vehicles annually, Kenya is one of the most important sales markets for buses in Central and East Africa.
Daimler has been active in Kenya since the 1950s and in 2016, the Stuttgart-based German multinational auto manufacturer opened a regional center responsible for the entire commercial vehicle portfolio in East, Central, and West Africa, ranging from light to heavy-duty trucks and from minibusses to large tourist coaches.
Its sales and marketing activities cover trucks of the Mercedes-Benz and FUSO brands as well as Mercedes-Benz buses.