The Mercedes-Benz brand is not just known for its passenger vehicles. Around the world, Mercedes-Benz buses and trucks have seen commercial and government use, catering to small and big businesses alike. They’ve been building buses since 1895, and the three-pointed star is giving the Philippines a taste of German bus engineering.
Thanks to its official distributor, Auto Nation Group (ANG), Mercedes-Benz buses will be serving Filipino commuters, allowing us to ride in luxury and comfort, as it teams up with UBE express for Point-to-Point bus services.
There are 17 32-seater Mercedes-Benz O500U buses, considered entry level in Germany but still offering much more features than majority of the buses on the road these days, that will initially service the P2P route from Araneta Center in Cubao to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City. These buses, however, will not be the first batch supplied by ANG to UBE Express, as 21 O500U 24-seater buses were integrated into the fleet in year 2016. Several other buses have been acquired by other P2P companies in Metro Manila and Cebu.
ANG has also introduced a number of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles to the local market, offering them would be businesses or customers earlier this year. Most notable is the Mercedes-Benz OF-917 Midi Bus that offers 32 reclining seats and an opportunity for almost complete customization. More importantly, the OF-917 Midi Bus has been scaled to fit our smaller roads, creating a perfect in-town commuter bus. Despite the small size, it has a 200 liter capacity fuel tank, creating a driving range of 1,000 kilometers.
ANG is confident that the allocation will be completed before the end of the year. This will be a good step forward in creating efficient and comfortable commuting choices for Filipinos in Metro Manila. We look forward to seeing Mercedes-Benz buses plying our roads soon.