Interstate road travels have experienced a reasonable degree of growth and expansion.
And with this expansion, travellers around the country now crave for more comfortable means of transportation.
It is this knowledge that has led to the introduction of the new Marcopolo Paradiso 1350 bus to the Nigerian market.
The Paradiso 1350 bus was recently introduced by Weststar Associates Limited, authorized general distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria in collaboration with Auto Alternative Nigeria Limited, the authorized representative of Marcopolo in Nigeria.
Marcopolo Paradiso 1350 bus comes with all of Mercedes-Benz‘s technological advantages. It has a robust and highly durable chassis that is adequate for the most severe working conditions.
The Paradiso 1350 bus is built with the ever-reliable Mercedes-Benz 0 500 RSD bus chassis developed for middle and long-distance travel.
It is a robust and highly durable vehicle that is built to carry 24 tonnes and a body length of up to 14 meters long.
It also provides high comfort to the passengers due to the integral pneumatic suspension and a Mercedes-Benz gearbox (with 6 synchronized gears).
This new generation Paradiso 1350 is an improvement on its predecessor, as it has been designed to provide the best passenger experience and greater comfort and safety to the driver.
The new Marcopolo Paradiso 1350 brings external and internal changes that raise the level of sophistication, comfort, safety and efficiency in comparison to its predecessors.
The Paradiso also has features such as a renewed exterior with newly designed mirrors that offer better driver visibility, newly designed bumpers, side windows, and a new visual identity in the front; while the rear comes with a larger back cover that improves access to mechanical components and rear windows with a new design.
Another major feature of the exterior is the headlights with new internal design and integrated DRL (Daytime Running Lights), also included in the headlights are LED fog lights and an elongated side wall design giving a modern feel and flow to the light assembly.
The interior of the new Marcopolo Paradiso 1350 is totally transformed from the driver’s cabin with new lighting to the dashboard with soft-touch finish and more thermoacoustic comfort.
There is also an electric window next to the driver that comes as an optional extra, while the larger access steps come with injected profiles and indirect lighting for ease of entrance,
Other features include new floor coverings and a new roof design with superior lighting and LED details.
The safety and well-being of passengers and the driver is highly prioritized as the space between the driver’s cab and the passengers’ section is partitioned with bulletproof glass and the drivers’ cab is also partitioned with a protective glass door.
The O 500 RSD 2436 6×2 chassis is equipped with an OM 457 LA engine that comes with 6 in-line cylinders. The power output is 265 kW (355 hp) at 1,750 rpm and is operated via a 6-speed manual gear transmission. The Mercedes-Benz O 500 chassis are also very economical for bus operators as the electronic motors included in its engine ensure that the bus consumes lower fuel and has a longer life.
With regards to safety, the O 500 RSD chassis is equipped with safety features like the Top Brake auxiliary engine brake coupled with the conventional engine brake system. This brake system provides many advantages, such as increased braking power, higher speed on slopes, greater safety, less gear shifting, lower maintenance costs, longer life of brake and tire components and fuel economy. Also, there is an anti-lock brake system (ABS) which offers greater safety because the vehicle remains stable in adverse driving conditions and critical situations. In cases of sudden braking, even on smooth surfaces or rough roads, the ABS system prevents the vehicle from skidding.
According to Mr Mirko Plath, Managing Director, Weststar Associates Limited, the introduction of the Marcopolo Paradiso 1350 bus model marks a move in the right direction for bus operators in Nigeria”, as he believes that the bus operators are ready to take their businesses to the next level”.
“I appreciate the fact that they continue to put their trust in the Mercedes-Benz brand and that the collaboration with Marcopolo in Nigeria has certainly borne fruit over the years”, he said.
The Marcopolo Paradiso1350 bus with the Mercedes-Benz O 500 RSD chassis is now available for purchase courtesy Weststar Associates Limited.
For inquiries on the Marcopolo Paradiso 1350 bus, contact Weststar Associates Limited via phone on 08061658795.
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