Daimler-owned manufacturer reaches milestone after supplying operators in Switzerland for 59 years
SWITZERLAND Setra has supplied its 2,000th vehicle into Switzerland since 1953. The 13.89m doubledeck S431 DT coach has been delivered to Ernst Marti AG in Kallnach, in the Canton of Berne. The milestone vehicle will be used primarily on long-distance holiday tours to Italy and Spain.
The tri-axle coach carries Setra’s four-star classification and seats a total of 78 passengers and is equipped with a multi-channel audio system, a galley kitchen with a 40-cup coffee machine and a microwave oven.
Marti AG has invested in ensuring a high level of safety for its passengers by additionally specifying proximitycontrolled cruise control with Active Brake Assist, Lane Assistant system and an automatic fire extinguishing system in the engine compartment. Marti AG now operates eight Setra double-decks in a fleet of 40 coaches – all Setra. Managing 2000th Setra for Switzerland Director Heinrich Marti said: “Setra’s philosophy fits very well with the thinking behind a small business like ours and we always feel our views are being taken seriously. In my opinion Setra’s flagship model, the S431DT, is the product which offers the most complete and best-rounded concept overall, while the total package it comes with is, quite simply, just right.”
Lothar Holder, Head of Sales Setra Buses & Coaches, said: “Since the purchase of the very first Setra S 6 in 1956 our companies have been linked by a strong partnership, if not to say a friendship.”
Ernst Marti AG was founded in 1903 and offers an attractive programme of travel encompassing options to combine coach travel with exclusive flights or cruises. Over the course of its 50-year relationship with Setra, the company has taken delivery of more than 300 touring coaches from Germany. The company has been considered a trailblazer over its luxury interior equipment and appointments and has worked closely with Setra to drive forward concepts such as its glass roof or offset individual seats for coaches.