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Extension for BusWorld Home Hamburg in Full Swing

Omniplus, Daimler’s very own service brand for Mercedes-Benz buses and Setra coaches, is in the midst of constructing an extended complex for its BusWorld Home Hamburg facility. The topping-out ceremony was held in mid-July for the extension that should see an integration of the complete service scope of Daimler’s premier service center. According to BusWorld Home Hamburg chief Uwe Raupach, this expansion was made necessary because of the center’s growth. After all, the service center has been there since way back in 1956, and some of the facilities have not been renovated yet. With some 350 buses being serviced around the facility every month, it’s easy to see why the… Continue Reading »

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Setra Bags ‘Golden Pennant’ Award in ‘Swiss Camion’ Reader Survey

Setra, the Neu-Ulm-based commercial bus and touring coach manufacturer and Daimler subsidiary, has topped its category in the Swiss Camion magazine’s reader survey. For that, it receives the ‘Golden Pennant’ distinction. Swiss Camion, which is published in German as well as in French, has an estimated monthly circulation of around 20,000 copies. It is the designated publication for the Enchandens-based “Les Routiers Suisses,” a professional organization. The association relaunched the reader survey, with Swiss Camion as the medium. In the bus and coach category, and out of the 736 votes cast, 36 percent voted for Setra. The next closest competitor could muster no more than 13 percent. Incidentally, the last time the… Continue Reading »

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Five Setra Coaches Delivered to Deutsche Touring GmbH

Deutsche Touring GmbH, a Frankfurt-based long-distance network operating across Europe, has just bolstered its fleet with the delivery of five new Setra coaches, three of which are from the ComfortClass 500 line. The three S 516 HD units, which are of the two-axle variety, are the first ComfortClass 500 coaches to go into the company’s international network. In addition, they are the first of the model line to be put into use within the Czech Republic. Present at the handover of the units was Frank Zehle, Deutsche Touring GmbH General Manager. Czech operator Touring Bohemia General Manager Milan Tuhacek was also there to receive the three ComfortClass 500 units, while… Continue Reading »

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First New ComfortClass 500 Unit in Norway, 500th Setra Delivered in Country Overall

Gunnar Brustad, who owns Norwegian bus line Brustad Busstrafikk, went with his son to the Setra Customer Center without knowing that the new ComfortClass 500 unit waiting for him was very special. On top of being the first in the series headed for Norway, it is also the 500th Setra bus to be delivered to the country. The double-milestone is a pleasant surprise. Since 1983, the bus company had already been turning to Setra for top-of-the-line coaches. Brustad expressed delight at taking the current-gen ComfortClass to Norway. “After the successful Setra 400 model series, it is now important for us to be able to offer another superlative touring coach to… Continue Reading »

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Bus Company Owner Bikes 894km to Receive New Setra S 516 HD

Mathias Bolck, who is a co-owner of the eponymous Schuby-based bus company, rode his bicycle from his hometown all the way to the Setra customer center in Neu-Ulm, covering a whopping 894 kilometers over 8 days in order to receive his brand-new Setra S 516 HD. Bolck covered between 90 to 130 kilometers each day, and he went on for 8 days with just one rest day on top of that. During the final stretch, he was even forced to make a number of detours in order to avoid some floods. Once he came into the customer center, he was greeted with applause and an ovation from the Setra personnel… Continue Reading »

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Setra Gets its Largest Bus Order from Sweden

Daimler AG’s Sentra bus brand just secured its largest order from Sweden, with a total of 65 MultiClass 400 buses set to be delivered to the Kronoberg region to be used across four bus operators. The order will be fulfilled over 10 years, but the first buses are slated for delivery within this month. The buses will be used as school buses as well as for regular bus service within that Swedish region. The tender won by four operators will divide the 65 buses as follows: 50 will go to Karlssonbuss i Vaggeryd, including its subsidiaries. The rest will go to Gerts Busstrafik, Tingsryds Buss, and Ryssbybygdens Buss. The order… Continue Reading »

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Two Setra ComfortClass 500 Coaches Delivered to Reimund Dirr

A couple of new Euro VI-compliant Setra ComfortClass 500 units were just delivered to Reimund Dirr, owner of a Bavarian coach operator that takes people across several destinations around Europe. The two, an S 516 HD and an S 517 HD, add to the growing ‘green fleet’ of the operator. “As far as I’m concerned, low operating costs and reduced fuel consumption are important factors when it comes to buying new vehicles,” said Dirr, who owns Mindel-Reisen and Stricker-Reisen. “Setra has certainly kept its promise in full.” With Record Run Buses 2012, Daimler demonstrated the capabilities and improvements that the Setra ComfortClass 500 range had over the previous models. These… Continue Reading »

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