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Home / SMRT Buses, Singapore (before GCM/BCM) / Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro / SMB136C 24

The Citaro demonstrator, SMB136C, was launched in a well-publicized ceremony on 9 March 2010. It was marketed as the first 100% Euro V low-floor bus in South-East Asia (though 100% low-floor models was not new to Singapore, such as the Volvo B10TL). While a relatively new development in Singapore, the Citaro is an established veteran in Europe that was introduced as early as from 1997. When SMB136C was introduced, few had expected that this demonstrator would mark the beginning of the Citaro's long and wide presence in Singapore.

As with thousands of other units around Europe, the Citaro was completely built up by EvoBus (rather than a local assembly/bodywork) including its interior features. This meant that this Citaro would have little difference from the ones introduced in European design other than the company livery, such as conventional Bode inward-sliding doors at the exit.

Operating under a one-year trial, this second-generation Citaro (distinguished by its face-lifted exterior front) utilizes the OM906hLA engine and is fitted with a 6-gear ZF 6HP502C Ecomat automatic transmission. It is also the first bus to feature EDS by Gorba AG (which is common for buses in Hong Kong). SMB136C began revenue service exactly a week after its launch ceremony, serving on service 855. SMRT Buses ran an online suvery which returned very popular support for the Citaro, and that paved the way for SMB136C's continued service and the introduction of production batches.