Mercedes-Benz bus boom
Daimler Buses increased its global earnings by 28 per cent last year, 2016 sales figures reveal
Daimler Buses sold a total of 26,200 buses and bus chassis worldwide in 2016, compared to 28,100 in 2015.
While mostly known in Australia for the Mercedes-Benz brand of buses, Daimler Buses Setra brand also posted record international unit sales in 2016.
Strong business with complete buses in Western Europe made a significant contribution to the boost.
Daimler Buses were introduced to new markets in 2016, namely India, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Head of Daimler Buses Hartmut Schick says the organisation will have invested a further 835 million Australian dollars (600 million euros) by 2018.
"We are systematically further developing our unique product portfolio and extending our technology leadership: with partially automated driving, with electric mobility and with digital connectivity," he says.
The main driver of the success of Daimler Buses in 2016 was the core market of Europe, where the strong business with complete buses paid off. Daimler Buses increased its unit sales in Europe by about three per cent to 8,800 vehicles. With a market share of approximately 30 per cent.
As expected, the Brazilian bus market declined again in 2016. With contraction of 34 per cent, it reached its lowest point for many years. Despite this difficult environment, Daimler’s bus division increased its market share by nearly 6 per cent.
Brazil has developed into an important export hub for Daimler Buses. From Brazil alone, a total of more than 6,000 buses were exported to Argentina, Chile and Peru, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Mercedes-Benz will also put a fully electric city bus into production next year.