One of the most spectacular manoeuvres with the Mercedes-Benz Citaro G urban articulated bus is a rapid change of lane on an icy road surface. Thanks to the new and unique dynamic anti-jacknife control - the ATC (Articulated Turntable Controller) - this manoeuvre can be also executed safely in the 18.13 metre-long bus. The same goes for hard braking from 80 km/h on an icy road surface and on a split friction surface – proof of its almost unshakeably solid handling characteristics. The bottom line from the demonstration: no articulated bus is safer than the Citaro G.
And no articulated bus with a drive axle is more effective at manoeuvring out of critical situations. That is illustrated by a typical situation in winter, when a bus halts at bus stop with cars parked close to it or where snow has only been partially cleared: the articulated bus will be standing with its first and third axles on the road, which has good grip, but with the centre axle on a slippery surface in the stopping bay. With conventional anti-jackknife controls, the rear part of the articulated bus would push out over the centre axle and then jack-knife – but the Citaro G, with variable articulation damping thanks to the innovative ATC anti-jackknife control, drives safely away from the stopping bay.