Setra 500 series finds favour

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SWITZERLAND & AUSTRIA Operators in Switzerland and Austria have been buying Setra’s new TopClass 500 and ComfortClass 500 touring coaches.

A.N.K. Tours AG from Muttenz near Basel has added a Setra TopClass 500. Powered by a Euro VI OM 471 engine, it has 46 Voyage Plus leather/fabric seats and a lounge with a table. Above the centre aisle, the large Setra TopSky panoramic glass roof affords fine views of the sky.

Managing Director Hanspeter Niklaus said the three-axle coach is his firm’s first Setra and is also its new flagship. “I’m sure that this comfortably equipped top-of-the-line vehicle will enable us to attract even more customers to our tours,” he said. “As a professional bus driver, I got to know the benefits of Setra buses many years ago.” A.N.K Tours offers day and holiday tours throughout the whole of Europe as well as tours to wine-making areas. At the request of customers, it also organises transfers to sports or school recreational events.

Albus Salzkraft GmbH & Co. KG from Salzburg has a S517HDH on its tours. The three-axle coach from the TopClass 500 series, which was launched in 2013, is the first Setra for the company, which belongs to the Dr. Richard Group.

Managing Director Hermann Häckl said: “We know from our many years of exclusive cooperation with renowned tour operators that many jobs depend on offering a top-class product. With our new touring coach from Setra, we are a step ahead in every respect.”

The firm’s S517HDH offers 55 passengers Setra Voyage Plus seats with leather top parts. The three-axle vehicle also comes with the latest safety systems on board including adaptive cruise control with Emergency Braking Assist.

K&K Busreisen GmbH from Hornstein in Austria, which has been buying Setras since 2010, has bought a TopClass 500 and a ComfortClass 500.”Taking simultaneous delivery of a vehicle from both model series gives us two reasons to be happy,” said Managing Director Gerald Kutsenits, who brought some 50 passengers-cum-guests with him to the ceremonial unveiling at the Setra Customer Centre in Neu-Ulm.

The S517HDH accommodates 54 seated passengers, while the S516HD is fitted with 49 Setra Voyage Plus seats. Gerald, who runs the company together with his brother Stefan jun., sets high standards in terms of comfort and safety. “In addition to roomy four-star spacing between seats, our customers can also rest assured that we have every driver assistance system available from Setra on board,” he added.