Unit sales above prior-year level at 8,100 buses and chassis
Positive growth in demand for complete buses in Western Europe
40,000th Mercedes-Benz Citaro city bus delivered
EBIT significantly above prior-year level at €50 million (Q2 2013: €27 million)
|Amounts in millions of euros||Q2 2014||Q2 2013||% change|
* As of December 31, 2013.
|Unit sales||Q2 2014||Q2 2013||% change|
|Latin America (excluding Mexico)||4,290||4,529||-5|
Unit sales, revenue and EBIT above prior-year levels
Daimler Buses’ sales of 8,100 buses and bus chassis in the second quarter surpassed the number of 7,900 units sold in the prior-year period. Growth in Western Europe due to increased demand for complete buses more than compensated for the decrease in units sales of bus chassis in Latin America. Primarily due to the positive development of unit sales in the business with complete buses, revenue rose by 12% to €1.0 billion. EBIT improved to €50 million (Q2 2013: €27 million).
Stronger demand in Western Europe contributes to positive development of unit sales
At Daimler Buses, the positive growth in demand for complete buses continued in Western Europe in the second quarter of 2014. In this core market, 1,700 units of the Mercedes-Benz and Setra brands were sold. In Germany, Daimler Buses increased its unit sales by 45% to 700 vehicles. In Turkey, we sold 200 units (Q2 2013: 400); this development resulted from the significant contraction of the overall market compared with the second quarter of last year.
In Latin America (excluding Mexico), second-quarter unit sales of 4,300 bus chassis were lower than in the prior-year period (Q2 2013: 4,500). There was a negative impact on our unit sales in particular from the difficult economic situation in Argentina. We sold 1,000 units in Mexico, which is 42% more than in the prior-year period.
Delivery of 40,000th Mercedes-Benz Citaro and 20,000th minibus
In April, we delivered the 40,000th Mercedes-Benz Citaro city bus to a customer. The Mercedes-Benz Citaro is thus the best-selling bus of all time. Almost at the same time, the minibuses of the Mercedes-Benz brand passed the mark of 20,000 units.
Major order from France
The RATP Group, which operates public transport services in the Paris area, decided to purchase 199 Mercedes-Benz Citaro city buses after holding a Europe-wide invitation to tender. Delivery of the buses is planned to start this year.
Setra TopClass 500 awarded design prize
The Setra TopClass 500 was awarded the “Red Dot Award Product Design 2014” by an international jury of experts in Essen at the beginning of July. Amongst their reasons, the jury particularly emphasized the high-quality interior fittings as well as the coach’s general comfort and elegance.
Setra TopClass 500
Chassis program completed with Euro VI
We completed our chassis program fulfilling the Euro VI emission limits with the triple-axle Mercedes-Benz OC 500 RF chassis for long-distance buses and coaches.
|Amounts in millions of euros||Q1-2 2014||Q1-2 2013||% change|
* As of December 31, 2013.
|Unit sales||Q1-2 2014||Q1-2 2013||% change|
|Latin America (excluding Mexico)||8,282||8,670||-4|