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Mercedes-Benz has been making buses since 1895 in Mannheim in Germany. Since 1995, the brand of Mercedes-Benz buses and coaches is under the umbrella of EvoBus GmbH, belonging 100% to the Daimler AG.

In 1951 the then Daimler-Benz AG set up in Argentina its first factories outside Germany: one in the town of San Martín, near Buenos Aires, and another in González Catán n industrial suburbs. The San Martin plant was closed in the end of the 1950's.

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Mercedes-Benz has been making buses since 1895 in Mannheim in Germany. Since 1995, the brand of Mercedes-Benz buses and coaches is under the umbrella of EvoBus GmbH, belonging 100% to the Daimler AG.

In 1951 the then Daimler-Benz AG set up in Argentina its first factories outside Germany: one in the town of San Martín, near Buenos Aires, and another in González Catán n industrial suburbs. The San Martin plant was closed in the end of the 1950's.

 

In 1982, the company built the first bus powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) in Argentina and launched two new models: the front-engine OF 1114 (for export markets only, like Perú) and the OF 1214, with a front engine. Also introduced was a new line of vehicles for urban transport of passengers, automatic transmission 1114, the new front chassis of 114, for export, and bus chassis rear engine OH 1314, with and without automatic transmission. Series production of the LO 1114 with automatic gearbox began and joined the air brake system on the Mercedes-Benz model LO 1114.

In 1987, Mercedes-Benz Argentina revolutionized the public transportation of passengers by launching the new line of rear-engined front-side bus (the "OH"), which replaced traditional front motor buses. 1998 is the year of manufacture of rear engine bus OH 1621 L.

For the first years of the 1990s, arrives the buses of the O-series likes the O 373 RSD (325 units built), the O 374 RSD (70 units built) and the O 400 RSD (60 units built) for the long-distance bus routes and also the OH 1522 (333 units built) and the OH 1526 (100 units built). All made in the factory of González Catán until 1995. In 1994, the assembly of the OF 1620 started with the 200 HP diesel engine, 6606 units made and used in the large provinces like Santa Fe, Jujuy, and others.

 

Today it builds modern-style buses and several models of bus chassis and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter delivery vans, chassis cabs, and minibuses with a large slice of them being exported to Germany. Mercedes-Benz commuter and touring buses are not necessarily up to European counterparts but robust enough to handle heavy urban usage and some of Argentina's rugged backcountry and extra long-distance travel. For 2012, the production of the Sprinter NCV3 returned, the successor of the T1N with many Argentinian-made parts and it's exported to the Mercosur, South Africa, and other markets.

In 2013, they announced the assembly of the minibus LO 915 in the Virrey del Pino plant with the high floor rear engine (OH) chassis OH 1518. The two models were previously imported from Brazil.

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