Stuttgart / Göppingen – Göppingen bus transport (OVG), Bliederhäuser GmbH & Co. KG, has rejuvenated its CityBus line. The inner city link created in 2012 is based on three Sprinter City 77s, which are now going into retirement as part of the new acquisition and are being replaced with vehicles of the same type. As part of the commissioning, Rolf Grüb, Mercedes-Benz Bus and Coach unit sales representative, handed over the symbolic key for the new Sprinter City 77s to Matthias Bliederhäuser, head of Göppingen bus transport.
As in many other cities in which the high maintenance costs of large buses argue against a line operation, minibuses form the ideal addition to "major" city traffic in Göppingen, too. With the CityBus concept, the OVG has successfully, as well as economically viably, connected both the inner city as well as two residential districts to the public transportation system. As an exclusive in-house development of the Mercedes-Benz minibus division the three-axled Sprinter City 77 scores well with transport operators, above all thanks to its flexible areas of use. As with the city traffic of Göppingen the City 77 can operate entire routes, at the weekend but also infrequently used route sections in the outskirts. With gross weight of 6.8 t it offers enough space for up to 40 passengers. With two double-winged outward-swinging doors, kneeling, a mechanical folding ramp as well as the continuous low floor throughout with a standing section and fully functioning bus seating with seat and back upholstery the Sprinter City 77 is always able to meet the requirements of a modern and passenger-friendly route service.