Auto Nation Group, Inc. ushered in the Lunar New Year with the introduction of the Mercedes-Benz OF 917 Midi Bus. The high-decker passenger coach, highlights the brand's expanding product line-up in the commercial vehicle segment in the Philippines.
Mercedes-Benz's bus building history dates back to 1895 in Mannheim, Germany and the legacy continues today, with the same engineering DNA embodied in the OF 917 Midi Bus. OF stands for 'Omnibus Frontengine' or front-engine bus chassis.
The OF 917 chassis is manufactured in Daimler's megafactory Chennai, India with the Alpha M8 body assembly done by Truckqip Malaysia, this makes the Mercedes-Benz OF 917 Midi Bus an Asian product for the Asian market.
“We are very proud to showcase the OF 917 Midi Bus, a truly world-class product that was designed and manufactured with the Asian market in mind. Ideal for transportation companies and private institutions, customers will find the OF 917 Midi Bus to be a wise investment,” said Joseph Ayllón, assistant vice president for public relations, Auto Nation Group, Inc.
The high-decker OF 917 Midi Bus is sized perfectly, making it the ideal transport vehicle for a group of passengers traveling within the city or out of town. Its dimensions put the Midi Bus in between the small bus (6 meters) and large bus (12 meters) categories, and offers more space and capacity than vans and coasters. Even with a length of nine meters, the OF 917 is maneuverable in the streets of Metro Manila and nearby towns.
Powering the Midi Bus is 4D34i 4-cylinder CRDi, turbocharged and inter-cooled engine. The Euro 5-rated engine outputs 170 PS at 2,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 520 Nm at 1,500 rpm. In terms of efficiency, the Midi Bus boasts of a fuel efficiency rating of 4 to 5 km/liter. A full tank of 200 liters on the OF 917 will cover a distance of 1,000 kms.
In 'Standard' configuration, the OF 917 Midi Bus features a 32 reclining seat configuration, with standard amenities including a rear compartment luggage space of 4,783 liters – one of the largest storage capacities in its class. Other features include high capacity roof-mounted airconditioning, electrically- operated outward swing-type passenger door with remote control, and emergency escape roof hatch.
Customers may opt for custom configurations on order.
“This is the standard configuration and package that we offer, but we will be happy to work with the customer on their preferred seating configuration, seat covering and other amenities to meet their needs,” said Don Ramos, assistant vice president for Commercial Vehicles, Auto Nation Group.
The Mercedes-Benz OF 917 Midi Bus standard edition is priced at Php 4.9 Million Pesos. For inquiries, customers may call +63 2 784 5000 extension 5155 or 5161.