For 125 years Mercedes-Benz has been a major influence and driving force in the development of buses and bus technologies. From the very beginning, when Carl Benz invented the bus in 1895, to the introduction of the new fully electric articulated city bus, the eCitaro G in 2020. We look back on 125 years of bus and coach history.
In 1895, the first motorised bus in the world connected the town of Siegen with the villages of Netphen and Deuz (Germany), a distance of around 15 kilometres. On 18 March 1895 at 6.26 am precisely, the bus built by Carl Benz travelled this route for the first time. With its 5 hp single-cylinder petrol engine, the bus completed its trip in one hour and 20 minutes. Eight passengers were on board and at the steepest point they all had to get out and push. Later, new routes were drawn up and from 1898 vehicles made by Gottlieb Daimler were also being deployed.
The Post Office played a key role in sales in Germany from 1905. In 1905, it opened its first cross-country route using motor vehicles from Bad Tölz to Lenggries in Upper Bavaria. Passengers could enjoy the views through large windows.
On June 28, 1926, the two oldest automobile manufacturers in the world merged: Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) and Benz & Cie. in Mannheim. The result was Daimler-Benz AG and its Mercedes-Benz brand. One year later, in spring 1927, the company presented its joint bus range.