The Mercedes-Benz 1016 and Thomas EF 1723 bus chassis are available in Colombia in Euro IV- and Euro V-versions. The models’ design is unique, since they were specifically developed for the Colombian market and are being exclusively assembled in Bogota. As completely knocked down kits (CKD), the Mercedes-Benz 1016 chassis are delivered from the plant in Wörth, Germany, and the Thomas EF 1723 chassis are conveyed from the Thomas Built Buses facility in High Point, North Carolina, and are finally assembled in Bogota. The local parts production in Colombia initially amounts to ten percent. In the future, Daimler Colombia will also procure parts from local suppliers who meet Daimler’s high quality standards in order to increase the chassis facility’s localization rate to at least 18 percent.
“With a total investment of over $1 million, we are ensuring that
the employee qualifications, as well as vehicle development and production equipment, meet our high quality standards,” says Mathias Held, President of Daimler Colombia S.A. “We are creating around 40 new jobs so that we can begin production with an initial output of 500 bus chassis per year. In addition, we are planning to raise production numbers to four-digits in the medium term so that we can meet the rising demand for buses to implement innovative mobility concepts in Colombia’s major cities.”