Mercedes-Benz O405G

Mercedes-Benz O405G

SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405G

Other names Merc, O405G
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz Buses
Bodywork Hispano Carrocera
Volgren
Year 1996–
Local Operators SMRT Buses
Technical Data
Length 18m
Width 2.55m
Entry High floor
Engine Mercedes-Benz OM447hLA
Gearbox ZF 4HP590
ZF 4HP600
Voith DIWA 863.3
Emission Standard Euro I, II

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The Mercedes-Benz O405G is a rear-engined articulated transit bus built by  Mercedes-Benz  from the mid-1980s to the early 2000s. As part of the Mercedes-Benz O405 line of chassis, it was the successor of the Mercedes-Benz O305 chassis, which also offered an articulated version (the O305G).

Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS), the predecessor of SMRT Buses, acquired a total of 315 units between 1996 and 2004 over four main variants of bodywork. Being the first high capacity buses in Singapore, the O405G is one of SMRT’s flagship bus models. Singapore Bus Services (now SBS Transit) acquired one demonstrator unit that was subsequently rejected.

Technical Information:

The Mercedes-Benz O405 was the successor to the Mercedes-Benz O305, which stopped production in 1987. Many units were sold around the world, and to several bus operators in Europe, Australia and Singapore.

An articulated version of this chassis was also produced, the Mercedes-Benz O405G. The “G” stands for Gelenkbus, or articulated bus in German. A low-floor version of the O405G was also produced, known as the O405GN. The O405G was a ‘pusher‘ bendy, meaning that the rear-mounted engine powers the trailer drive axle which then ‘pushes‘ the bus forward. Longitudinal stability of the vehicle is maintained by active hydraulics mounted under the turntable.

The O405G is available with the Mercedes-Benz OM447hLA engine (11967cc) similar to the O405s, but rated at a higher torque output. Various Voith and ZF gearboxes were compatible with the engine. The Mercedes-Benz O405G was later superseded by the Citaro G.

Jump to:

  • Hispano Carrocera Mark 1 demonstrator
  • Hispano Carrocera Mark 1
  • Hispano Carrocera Mark 2
  • Hispano Carrocera Habit
  • Volgren

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SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405G (Hispano Carrocera Mark 1 (Demonstrator): TIB838H

During the mid-1990s, there was a growing need for high-capacity buses to cope with population growth in Singapore and the ever-increasing ridership. In 1996, Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS) brought in an articulated bus for evaluation purposes. It was registered on 14 Mar 1996 as TIB838H and ushered in a new era of articulated buses in Singapore.

TIB838H in its early days

TIB838H in its early days

Basic Specifications:

  • Mercedes-Benz OM447hLA engine
    Turbocharged, 299 hp (220 kW) @ 2200 rpm
    Torque rating of 1250 Nm @ 1000 – 1300 rpm
  • ZF Ecomat 4HP590 gearbox
    Four-speed automatic .
  • Hispano Carrocera Mark 1 bodywork
    Chassis built in Germany, bodied by Hispano Carrocera in Zaragoza, Spain. Shipped completely-built-up (CBU) via cargo plane to Singapore.
  • Konvekta underfloor air-conditioning
  • Hanover Electronic Display Signage (EDS)
    Green flip-dot matrix similar to the previously introduced non-air-conditioned (now CAC) O405s.

The introduction of TIB838H scored several firsts. It was shipped in completely-built-up from the Hispano plant in Spain via a Spair Airlines cargo plane, the first bus in Singapore to be delivered by air. It was also the first high-capacity bus in Singapore, a unique addition to the rigid buses of the past.

The bus made its debut on 16 March 1996, running on service 171 between Yishun and Marina Center. Pictures of the delivery are courtesy of SMRT Moving Stories.

TIB838H being unloaded off the cargo plane

TIB838H being unloaded off the cargo plane

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Additional Specifications:

TIB838H had a licensed carrying capacity of 143 passengers, comprising 54 seated and 89 standing passengers.

TIB838H in SMRT livery

TIB838H in SMRT livery

TIB838H’s original Volgelsitze seats were unique, with slanted handles. They were later replaced with Arianne Fainsa bucket seats, transferred from the Scania L113CRL ELBOs which underwent early retirement. In 2012, the flip-dot EDS was replaced with a new full-LED unit from Gorba; however the bus never underwent mid-life refurbishment.

As its 17-year statutory lifespan approached, its last day of revenue service was on 11 March 2013 and the bus was scrapped. A MAN A24 demonstrator was acquired shortly afterwards (SMB388S) and seen as a direct replacement for this bus.

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SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405G (Hispano Carrocera Mark 1) Production Batch: TIB849B – TIB904A

After the successful trial of TIB838H, Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS) placed an initial order of 56 units, built with the Hispano Carrocera (Mark 1) bodywork identical to the demostrator unit. They were registered between 16 Jul 1997 and 19 Nov 1998 as TIB849B – TIB904A.

TIB897L - LAWO Luminator

TIB897L – Hanover green flip-dot

TIB865D - Gorba imotion

TIB865D – Gorba imotion

TIB861P - Mobitec MobiLED

TIB861P – Mobitec MobiLED

Basic Specifications:

  • Mercedes-Benz OM447hLA engine
    Turbocharged, 299 hp (220 kW) @ 2200 rpm
    Torque rating of 1250 Nm @ 1000 – 1300 rpm
  • ZF Ecomat 4HP590 gearbox
    Four-speed automatic .
  • Hispano Carrocera Mark 1 bodywork
    Chassis built in Germany, bodied by Hispano Carrocera in Spain.
  • Konvekta underfloor air-conditioning
  • Hanover Electronic Display Signage (EDS)
    Green flip-dot matrix similar to the previously introduced non-air-conditioned (now CAC) O405s.

The design of the Hispano Mark 1 bodywork was of high resemblance to the other Mercedes-Benz O405s, earning them the nickname “box bendies”.

Additional Specifications:

Mark 1 O405Gs have a licensed carrying capacity of 142 passengers, comprising 53 seated and 89 standing passengers.

All Hispano Mk1 O405Gs were originally fitted with two seats abreast between the front and middle door, to accommodate more standing space. Some of the buses were later refitted with additional seats, restoring the conventional four seats abreast design.

TIB890E is the first public transit bus in Singapore to have headrests, which was likely part of a trial. It retained the headrests even after refurbishment.

Retirement:

All buses of this batch underwent mid-life refurbishment, which included repainting of interiors and changing of seat covers, from the original green fabric the modern blue, purple and red coloured scheme of SMRT’s choice. Despite refurbishment, their 17-year statutory lifespan were not extended by two years (most likely due to LTA’s disapproval of keeping bendy buses on the roads), and are expected to be fully retired by 2015.

All buses have had their original Mobitec flip-dot matrix replaced with either Gorba imotion or Mobitec MobiLED EDS units.

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SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405G (Hispano Carrocera Mark 2) Production Batch: TIB973A – TIB1001Z

After the intake of the Hispano Mark 1, Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS) placed an additional order for 29 units; however the Mark 1 bodywork was out of production. Hispano devised a new bodywork largely based on the Mark 1 and fitted it with a new front design; hence the Hispano Carrocera Mark 2 bodywork was born. These 29 buses were registered between 11 Jan 2000 and 8 Mar 2000 as TIB973A – TIB1001Z.

TIB997G - TwinVision LeDot

TIB997G – TwinVision LeDot

TIB976S - Mobitec MobiLED

TIB976S – Mobitec MobiLED

Basic Specifications:

  • Mercedes-Benz OM447hLA engine
    Turbocharged, 299 hp (220 kW) @ 2200 rpm
    Torque rating of 1250 Nm @ 1000 – 1300 rpm
  • ZF Ecomat 4HP590 gearbox
    Four-speed automatic .
  • Hispano Carrocera Mark 2 bodywork
    Chassis built in Germany, bodied by Hispano Carrocera in Spain.
  • Konvekta underfloor air-conditioning
  • Transit Media Electronic Display Signage (EDS)
    TwinVision LeDot Green flip-dot matrix

The design of the Hispano Mark 2 bodywork is distinctively different from the Mark 1, featuring more curved edges and improved aesthetics. It is sometimes nicknamed “smiley bendy” for the curved metal design at the front. Only 29 units were acquired, all of which were registered in 2000.

Additional Specifications:

Mark 2 O405Gs have a licensed carrying capacity of 149 passengers, including 59 seated and 90 standing passengers. New features on the Mark 2 include electronically controlled wing mirrors, and thicker, more comfortable seats.

TIB984T and TIB986M have modified fronts, with slight resemblance to the Volgren front. TIB986M received the modified front after an accident, while the cause of TIB984T’s modification is unknown (see Gallery at bottom of page).

All buses of this batch have upgraded to Mobitec MobiLED EDS units, an orange LED matrix. TIB994P is an exception, with a LAWO Benefit EDS unit (see Gallery).

All buses of this batch underwent mid-life refurbishment, which included repainting of interiors and changing of seat covers from the original green fabric to the modern blue, purple and red coloured PVC covers of SMRT’s choice. Despite refurbishment, their 17-year statutory lifespan were not extended by two years (most likely due to LTA’s disapproval of keeping bendy buses on the roads), and are expected to be fully retired by 2017.

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SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405G (Hispano Carrocera Habit)

SMRT’s 208 units of the O405G with Hispano Habit bodywork are split into two batches, namely:

  • Batch 1: TIB1019Z – TIB1177A (excluding TIB1024H) (158 units)
  • Batch 2: TIB1198P – TIB1247G (50 units)

Batch 1: TIB1019Z – TIB1177A (excluding TIB1024H)

In 2000, Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS) introduced a third series of the Mercedes-Benz O405G with the ‘Habit’ citybus bodywork by Hispano. A first batch of 158 units were acquired, and were registered between 10 Jun 2000 – 30 Dec 2000 as TIB1019Z – TIB1023K and TIB1025E – TIB1177A. TIB1024H breaks the sequence and was reserved for the Volgren demonstrator (below section).

TIB1106E - LAWO Luminator

TIB1106E – LAWO green flip-dot

TIB1055M - LAWO Aluma

TIB1155M – LAWO Aluma

Basic Specifications:

  • Mercedes-Benz OM447hLA engine
    Turbocharged, 299 hp (220 kW) @ 2200 rpm
    Torque rating of 1250 Nm @ 1000 – 1300 rpm
  • Voith DIWA 863.3 / ZF Ecomat 4HP590 gearbox
    Three or Four-speed automatic
  • Hispano Carrocera Habit bodywork
    Chassis built in Germany, bodied by Hispano Carrocera in Spain.
  • Hispacold underfloor air-conditioning
  • LAWO or Transit Media Electronic Display Signage (EDS)
    LAWO ALUMA or TwinVision LeDot Green flip-dot matrix, featuring better visibility at night.

The first batch is unofficially comprising of two separate specifications. TIB1019Z – TIB1147L (excluding TIB1024H) have Euro I engines and TIB1148J – TIB1177A have Euro II engines.

Hispano had engaged renowned Italian design company Pininfarina for the bodywork design. TIBS was the ‘launch customer’ for the Hispano Habit bodywork, purchasing the first batch of buses with this new bodywork. The design of the Hispano Habit was iconic, and soon became TIBS’s flagship bendy bus, as well as being the most common on the roads. The new Hispano Habits featured wider legroom with its cantilever seats, adjustable air-con louvres, and more vertical stanchion poles.

The Hispano Habits were also fitted with different gearbox models. TIB1025E – TIB1060C & TIB1062Y were fitted with three-speed Voith DIWA 863.3, and the remaining units have the four-speed ZF Ecomat 4HP590 instead.

An interesting note is that TIB1019Z – TIB1023K were registered very late, on 30 Dec 2000 together with the last few buses of the Mark 1 type. This has roots going all the way back to the Dennis Lance. Originally, TIB1002X – TIB1021R was reserved for the 20 UK Lances, TIB1022M & TIB1023K  was reserved for the Volgren Lance, and TIB1024H was reserved for the Volgren O405G demonstrator. However, due to the expansion of SMRT’s charter division Busplus which required 12-metre buses, five UK Lances were transferred and registered PA-plated. As a result, only 15 UK Lances were registered under the TIB sequence (TIBTIB1002X – TIB1016G) , pushing forward the Volgren Lance (TIB1017D & TIB1018B), and leaving five unused numbers between TIB1019Z to TIB1023K as TIB1024H was already registered. TIBS was keen to fill up the missing numbers rather than leaving them empty, and as such, the last few Batch 1 (Mark 1) Hispano Habits were registered to fill up those unused numbers.

Batch 2: TIB1198P – TIB1247G

In 2000, Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS) introduced a third series of the Mercedes-Benz O405G with the Hispano Habit bodywork. A final 30 units were from the Batch 2, registered between 28 Sep 2001 – 04 Mar 2004 as TIB1198P – TIB1247G.

TIB1241Y - Mobitec MobiLED

TIB1241Y – Mobitec MobiLED

Hispano Habits of this batch were technically identical to the other Mark 2 Habits, except they came in a mix of three-speed automatic Voith DIWA 863.3 or four-speed automatic ZF Ecomat 4HP 590 gearboxes. The first 10 buses use ZF gearboxes, while the last 40 buses use Voith gearboxes.

One curious feature of this batch is the extended period of time needed for registration. While the first 20 units (TIB1198P – TIB1217T) were delivered in three months (28 Sep 2001 – 21 Dec 2001), the last 30 units (TIB1218R – TIB1247G) took around two years (05 Jul 2002 – 04 Mar 2004). The slow registration is attributed to space constraints: At the time, Kranji Depot had not been completed, and Woodlands and Ang Mo Kio Depots were experiencing shortage of parking space and maintenance capabilities. As such, they had to delay the bringing in of buses.

On a whole, the Hispano bodywork is of superb build quality unparalleled even in the buses of today. That might explain why assembly and shipment of these buses were slow as compared to other models.

Additional Specifications:

The Hispano Habit has a licensed carrying capacity of 149 passengers, comprising 59 seated and 90 standing passengers.

All buses were upgraded with a Mobitec MobiLED EDS unit, an orange LED matrix. Exceptions are:

  • Hanover: TIB1034D
  • LAWO BENEFIT: TIB1105H
  • Gorba imotion: TIB1132D, TIB1133B, TIB1242U

TIB1105H: The rebuilt Habit

On 20 August 2008, at around 6:18am, TIB1105H (WLDEP 187) was down-routing (without passengers) to Boon Lay Interchange where it caught fire along Marsiling Lane, near the junction of Admiralty Road. By the time the fire was extinguished, the bus was reduced to its bare skeleton. The incident was featured in the news.

TIB1105H - LAWO Luminator, rebuilt, Konvekta roof air-con unit

TIB1105H – LAWO Luminator, rebuilt, Konvekta roof air-con unit

Despite the fire damage, the chassis survived the accident. The bus was subsequently deregistered and rebuilt from scratch. After a two year absence, it was back on the roads, appearing on Service 962 on 23 August 2010.

Much of the bus was rebuilt with new parts, bearing a resemblance to SMRT’s OC500LEs, and red/purple leather seats were used, identical to the ones found on early refurbished O405s. Two Konvekta air-conditioning pods were mounted on the roof, and a new set of LAWO Benefit EDS units (of an orange LED matrix design) made it the most unique Hispano Habit on the roads.

From TIBS News, Year 2000 Issue 4. Featuring the World's first Designer Bendy Bus by Pininfarina

From TIBS News, Year 2000 Issue 4. Featuring the World’s first Designer Bendy Bus by Pininfarina

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SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405G (Volgren) Demonstrator – TIB1024H

In 2000, Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS) brought in a demonstrator Mercedes-Benz O405G with a Volgren bodywork. It was registered on 14 Jul 2000 as TIB1024H.

TIB1024H - Mobitec MobiLED

TIB1024H – Mobitec MobiLED

Basic Specifications:

  • Mercedes-Benz OM447hLA engine
    Turbocharged, 299 hp (220 kW) @ 2200 rpm
    Torque rating of 1250 Nm @ 1000 – 1300 rpm
  • Voith DIWA 863.3 gearbox
    Three-speed automatic .
  • Volgren bodywork (modified CR221)
    Chassis built in Germany, bodied by Volgren in Australia
  • Konvekta underfloor air-conditioning
  • LAWO ALUMA Electronic Display Signage (EDS)
    Green flip-dot matrix, featuring better visibility at night.

The bus was registered shortly after the start of Hispano Habit registration. A later 20 more units were ordered in the Production Batch.

Additional Specifications:

TIB1024H has a licensed carrying capacity of 132 passengers, including 59 seated and 73 standing passengers. A newer orange LED Mobitec MobiLED EDS unit replaced its old flip-dot LAWO Aluma EDS.

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SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405G (Volgren) Production Batch – TIB1178Y – TIB1197S

Following the successful evaluation of the Volgren demonstrator TIB1024H, Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS) brought in 20 additional units of the Mercedes-Benz O405G with Volgren bodywork. They were registered between 8 Aug 2001 – 5 Jul 2002 as TIB1178Y – TIB1197S.

TIB1191H - Transit Media

TIB1191H – Transit Media (Voith DIWA 863.3)

TIB1182J - Mobitec MobiLED

TIB1182J – Mobitec MobiLED (ZF 4HP600)

Basic Specifications:

  • Mercedes-Benz OM447hLA engine
    Turbocharged, 299 hp (220 kW) @ 2200 rpm
    Torque rating of 1250 Nm @ 1000 – 1300 rpm
  • Voith DIWA 863.3 or ZF Ecomat 4HP600 gearbox
    Three or Four-speed automatic .
  • Volgren bodywork (modified CR221)
    Chassis built in Germany, bodied by Volgren in Australia
  • Hispacold underfloor air-conditioning
  • Transit Media Electronic Display Signage (EDS)
    TwinVision LeDot Green flip-dot matrix, featuring better visibility at night.

The buses were registered after the complete delivery of the first batch of Hispano Habits. The intake of a small number of Volgren O405Gs is reminiscent of the O405, where TIBS also purchased a small number of Volgren-bodied buses in addition to a majority of Hispano-bodied buses.

The first 10 units (TIB1178Y – TIB1187X) were built with slightly different specifications than the last 10 units (TIB1188T – TIB1197S):

TIB1178Y – TIB1187X TIB1188T – TIB1197S
– ZF 4HP 600 gearbox
– Normal window line (smaller windows)
– Voith DIWA 863.3 gearbox
– Lower window line (larger windows)

Additional Specifications:

Volgren O405Gs have a licensed carrying capacity of 132 passengers, including 59 seated and 73 standing passengers.

As of July 2013, these buses are in the midst of undergoing mid-life refurbishment, with new blue/purple/red seat covers. All buses have a newer orange LED Mobitec MobiLED EDS unit replaced its old flip-dot Transit Media EDS.

TIBS/SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405G
Registration Units Engine Gearbox Introduced Retired Bodywork
TIB838H 1 Mercedes-Benz OM447hLA ZF 4HP 590 1996 2013 Hispano Carrocera Mark I
TIB849B – TIB904A 56 1997-1998 2015
TIB973A – TIB1001Z 29 2000 Hispano Carrocera Mark II
TIB1019Z – TIB1023K 5 2000 Hispano Carrocera Habit
TIB1024H 1 Voith DIWA 863.3 2000 Volgren
TIB1025E – TIB1147L 123 ZF 4HP 590 (86) 2000 Hispano Carrocera Habit
Voith DIWA 863.3 (37)
TIB1148J – TIB1177A 30 ZF 4HP 590 2001
TIB1178Y – TIB1197S 20 ZF 4HP 590 (10) 2001-2002 Volgren
Voith DIWA 863.3 (10)
TIB1198P – TIB1247G 50 ZF 4HP 590 (10), 2001-2004 Hispano Carrocera Habit
Voith DIWA 863.3 (40)
Total 315

Underlined registrations indicate demonstrator units.

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Gallery: (click for larger image)

SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405G (Hispano Carrocera Mark 1)

TIB854K - Nightrider NR5 (Mobitec MobiLED)

TIB854K – Nightrider NR5 (Mobitec MobiLED)

TIB860S - Service 189 (Gorba imotion)

TIB860S – Service 189 (Gorba imotion)

TIB881G - Service 190 (Gorba imotion)

TIB881G – Service 190 (Gorba imotion)

TIB889K - Express 971E (Mobitec MobiLED)

TIB889K – Express 971E (Mobitec MobiLED)

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SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405G (Hispano Carrocera Mark 2)

TIB982Z - Airshow Shuttle 2010 (Mobitec MobiLED)

TIB982Z – Airshow Shuttle 2012 (Mobitec MobiLED)

TIB984T - Airshow Shuttle 2010 (Mobitec MobiLED) - Modified Front

TIB984T – Airshow Shuttle 2012 (Mobitec MobiLED) – Modified Front

TIB986M - Service 190 (Mobitec MobiLED) - Modified Front

TIB986M – Service 190 (Mobitec MobiLED) – Modified Front

TIB986M - Service 190 (Mobitec MobiLED) - Modified Front

TIB986M – Service 190 (Mobitec MobiLED) – Modified Front

TIB994P - Service 67 (LAWO BENEFIT)

TIB994P – Service 67 (LAWO BENEFIT)

SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405G (Hispano Carrocera Habit)

TIB1034D - Service 190 (Hanover)

TIB1034D – Service 190 (Hanover)

TIB1037X - Service 106 (Mobitec MobiLED)

TIB1037X – Service 106 (Mobitec MobiLED)

TIB1038T (Mobitec MobiLED)

TIB1038T (Mobitec MobiLED)

TIB1105H - Service 856 (LAWO BENEFIT)

TIB1105H – Service 856 (LAWO BENEFIT)

TIB1132D - Service 302 (Gorba imotion)

TIB1132D – Service 302 (Gorba imotion)

TIB1133B - Service 106 (Gorba imotion)

TIB1133B – Service 106 (Gorba imotion)

TIB1177A - Airshow Shuttle 2010 (Mobitec MobiLED)

TIB1177A – Airshow Shuttle 2012 (Mobitec MobiLED)

TIB1214B - Nightrider NR5 (Mobitec MobiLED)

TIB1214B – Nightrider NR5 (Mobitec MobiLED)

TIB1238H - Service 106 (Mobitec MobiLED)

TIB1238H – Service 106 (Mobitec MobiLED)

SMRT Mercedes-Benz O405G (Volgren)

TIB1178Y - Intratown 913 (Mobitec MobiLED)

TIB1178Y – Intratown 913 (Mobitec MobiLED)

TIB1180P - Service 184 (Mobitec MobiLED)

TIB1180P – Service 184 (Mobitec MobiLED)

TIB1191H - Airshow Shuttle 2010 (Transit Media)

TIB1191H – Airshow Shuttle 2012 (Transit Media)

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Detailed EDS Specifications:

– Mercedes-Benz O405G (Hispano Mk I):

  • Gorba imotion:
    TIB849B – TIB852R, TIB855H – TIB860S, TIB862L, TIB864G – TIB871K, TIB873E – TIB877U, TIB879P – TIB885X, TIB887R, TIB888M, TIB890E – TIB892A, TIB894U – TIB904A
  • Mobitec MobiLED:
    TIB853M, TIB854K, TIB861P, TIB863J, TIB872H, TIB878S, TIB886T, TIB889K, TIB893Y

– Mercedes-Benz O405G (Hispano Mk II):

  • Mobitec MobiLED: 
    TIB973A – TIB993S, TIB995L – TIB1001Z
  • LAWO Benefit: 
    TIB994P

– Mercedes-Benz O405G (Hispano Habit):

  • Mobitec MobiLED:
    TIB1019Z – TIB1033G, TIB1035B – TIB1104K, TIB1106E – TIB1131G, TIB1134Z – TIB1177A, TIB1198P – TIB1241Y, TIB1243S – TIB1247G
  • Hanover:
    TIB1034D
  • LAWO BENEFIT:
    TIB1105H
  • Gorba imotion:
    TIB1132D, TIB1133B, TIB1242U

– Mercedes-Benz O405G (Volgren):

  • Mobitec MobiLED:
    TIB1024H, TIB1178Y – TIB1197S (All units)

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Detailed Gearbox Specifications:

– Mercedes-Benz O405G (Hispano Mk I):

  • ZF 4HP 590: TIB838H, TIB849B – TIB904A (All units)

– Mercedes-Benz O405G (Hispano Mk II):

  • ZF 4HP 590: TIB973A – TIB1001Z (All units)

– Mercedes-Benz O405G (Hispano Habit):

  • ZF 4HP 590: TIB1019Z – TIB1023K, TIB1061A, TIB1063U – TIB1147L
  • ZF 4HP 600: TIB1148J – TIB1177A, TIB1198P – TIB1207Y
  • Voith DIWA 863.3: TIB1025E – TIB1060C, TIB1062Y, TIB1208U – TIB1247G

– Mercedes-Benz O405G (Volgren):

  • ZF 4HP 600: TIB1178Y – TIB1187X
  • Voith DIWA 863.3: TIB1024H, TIB1188T – TIB1197S

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Accidents and incidents: (retrieved from sgwiki.com)

  • TIB900K was de-registered and scrapped due to fire in 2000 while on Service 67.
  • TIB986M met into an accident while on Service 190 years ago, and back with new front without the ‘Smiley’ front.
  • TIB984T has a new front without the ‘Smiley’ front as well, it is unknown what happened.
  • TIB992U met into a freak accident fatally killing an Indonesian maid while on Service 302, and was back on service.
  • TIB997G met into an accident involving a taxi while on Service 960, and back with a new front.
  • TIB1063U caught fire from the engine area at Boon Lay Temp Int in the morning of 17 March 2008, and is back on service.
  • TIB1067J fitted with a new rear after having a damaged rear previously.
  • TIB1074M was burnt in May 2011 as it caught fire while operating on Service 61 and subsequently de-registered.
  • TIB1105H caught fire at Marsiling in the early morning of 20 August 2008. It has been refurbished and back on service as of 23 August 2010.
  • TIB1110S was scrapped in December 2003 as it caught fire while operating on Service 903 and subsequently de-registered.
  • TIB1172M met into an accident in 2008 involving SMB15T, and was back on service.

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Additional section
SBS/SBS Transit Mercedes-Benz O405GN (Volgren
) Demonstrator – SBS999U

In 1996, Singapore Bus Services (SBS) brought in a demonstrator Mercedes-Benz O405G with a modified Volgren CR221LD bodywork. It was registered as SBS999U. Back then, SBS was solely operating double-deck buses as high-capacity buses, and was exploring the possibility of having bendy buses in its fleet. SBS999U was one of two bendy buses brought in for eavluation, the other being SBS998Y (a ‘puller’ Volvo B10MA).

SBS999U in SBS livery, photo by Chipio

SBS999U in SBS livery, photo by Chopio

SBS999U was equipped with the 288-horsepower turbocharged Mercedes-Benz OM447hLA engine, fitted to the four-speed automatic ZF Ecolife 4HP590 gearbox. The chassis were built in Germany and bodied by Volgren in Australia (a modified Volgren CR221), and shipped to Singapore completely built up (CBU). Roof-mounted air-conditioning was supplied by Denso, while the Electronic Display Signage (EDS) was a Mobitec, of a flip-dot design.

The trail was unsuccessful and no further purchases were made. The two articulated buses were sold to New Zealand in 2006.

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5 thoughts on “Mercedes-Benz O405G

  1. BinHao Lrt is right. TIB1024H has retained its original fabric seats even after refurbishment. and for the Mercedes-Benz O405G (Volgren) Production Batch, The first 5 units (TIB1178Y – TIB1182J) are Normal window line (smaller windows) and the last 15 units (TIB11883G – TIB1197S) are Lower window line (larger windows). please correct it.

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