A box for all seasons

A box for all seasons
December 2013
  • Aerodynamic ski box for Setra touring coaches
  • Bus operators can choose between six loading options
  • Pivoting container for use in both winter and summer
With the introduction of its all-year-round ski box, Setra is now able to offer a dismountable load container that has been designed to complement the aerodynamic concept of the new Setra TopClass 500 and Setra ComfortClass 500 generation of touring coaches. The ski box offers sufficient space for winter sports equipment as well as other items of luggage.
Using a 1:5-scale model of a bus for tests in the Daimler AG wind tunnel at Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, the engineers were able to define the basic aerodynamic shape of the box at an early stage of the development process for the new touring coaches. The design takes the airflow around the vehicle into consideration and eliminates undesirable air turbulence around the rear section. Even with the load container, the TopClass 500 and ComfortClass 500 vehicles achieve a Cd value of 0.33, which is unmatched in this segment.
Ski box with flexible stowage system
With or without support bars, horizontal or vertical racks for securing winter sports equipment – the ski box provides bus operators with a flexible system that offers six different loading options. Depending on customer requirements, it can be used to provide additional load space either when travelling to winter sports areas or in the summer. The box, painted to match the colour of the vehicle itself, is 750 mm long, 2375 mm wide and 2220  mm high. Without shelving or racks, it weighs 180 kilograms. The permissible gross weight of the hinged box is 500 kilograms, while the load capacity is 3 cubic metres.
Elegant and efficient – the new ComfortClass 500 and TopClass 500
The new Setra ComfortClass 500 from Daimler Buses was launched in 2012 and has already demonstrated its superb energy efficiency in a spectacular Record Run. A reduction in fuel consumption of 8.2 % compared with the previous model is clear evidence of the progress made.
In mid-October 2013, at Europe's most important trade show for buses held in Kortrijk, Belgium, this new generation of buses was voted "Coach of the Year 2014" by an expert panel made up of 19 specialist journalists. In addition, the S 515 HD model in the Setra ComfortClass 500 won the "Green Coach Award 2014" presented by the German magazines "Omnibusrevue" (Bus and Coach Review) and "Busfahrer" (Bus Driver), based on its low fuel consumption.
With the TopClass 500, the Ulm brand of Stuttgart-based Daimler AG has introduced the latest members of this Setra product family and thus the best of the best in the European bus and coach industry – for passengers, drivers and operators alike. The state-of-the-art three-axle coaches combine luxurious elegance with functional vehicle technology and farseeing safety systems.

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