With the invention of the automobile, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz newly defined mobility and also travel. In the early days of the new means of transport, however, travel was an elite pleasure, a privilege of the well-to-do upper classes. Then in 1895, Carl Benz introduced the motorized bus which was to connect the towns of Siegen, Netphen and Deuz in what was the world’s first regular local public transport service by motor vehicle. In the following years, the bus democratized motorized travel, and large groups of the population were able to enjoy the new dimension of mobility.
The 1920s then saw a veritable travel boom, and motorized tourism became part of daily life. Excursions and vacation trips by bus were highly popular, as were city tours or car outings with picnics in the country. After World War II, it was once again the bus which made the first vacation trips possible in the early economic miracle years.
Mercedes-Benz adopted different approaches in the development of regular service buses and touring coaches as early as the 1950s to meet the different requirements as effectively as possible. In 1967 the first standard regular service bus for local public transport operators was launched, and the Mercedes-Benz touring coaches became more comfortable, safer and environmentally more compatible from one generation to the next.