Block Busreisen takes delivery of first TopClass 500 in Germany

Block Busreisen takes delivery of first TopClass 500 in Germany
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May 2014
Stuttgart/Husum
  • S 516 HDH with TopSky panoramic roof
  • Setra TopClass 500 shines a new light on aspects of design and quality
Stuttgart/Husum. Tour operator Block Busreisen from Husum in Lower Saxony has taken delivery of the first vehicle from the Setra TopClass 500 series to be delivered to a German customer. Company owner Alfred Block, who collected the S 516 HDH together with his wife Cornelia and son Jan-Erik from the Setra Customer Center in Neu-Ulm, could barely contain his pride: "We are extremely proud to be the first German company to have such a luxury vehicle as the new Setra TopClass in our fleet. We have always strived to have the nicest coaches available on the market. For our company, taking delivery of such a vehicle is like reaching for the stars."
It is in fact possible to see heavenly bodies when travelling in the new S 516 HDH. This is because the three-axle vehicle is fitted with the large Setra TopSky Panorama glass roof which, with just one percent light transmission, represents a world first in the European bus and coach production sector. According to Alfred Block: "This optional extra was an absolute must-have item for us."
In the S 516 HDH, passengers can stretch out on one of 48 leather seats. With seat spacing of 83 cm, the 4-star touring coach boasts plenty of space for passengers, who can also enjoy watching DVB-T television during their journey. Safety is taken care of among other things by adaptive cruise control with the advanced emergency braking system ABA2, which is even able to brake the coach on detecting stationary obstacles.
Maiden voyage takes S 516 HDH to Lake Maggiore
Established in 1930 by Louis Block, the company Block Busreisen has been continually expanded by the founder's son Alfred Block and in turn, since 1992, his son who is also called Alfred.
With Jan-Erik, a representative of the fourth generation of the family is now on board the tour operator from Lower Saxony, which also runs regular service operations. The services offered by the company range from daily excursions, school trips, city tours and study trips, right through to holidays lasting several days. The maiden voyage of the new top-of-the-line touring coach saw the vehicle head off to Lake Maggiore in Italy just a few days after celebrating its handover to the company.
Setra TopClass 500 – premium products for exclusive travel services
The TopClass 500 presented by the Setra brand in the autumn of 2013 is a new generation of touring coaches that shine a new light on the aspects of design, quality and safety and combine an optimum level of equipment with outstanding economy. With their aerodynamic shape and a Cd value of 0.33, the refined touring coaches have taken first place in the European bus and coach sector in terms of fuel consumption too. For operators providing exclusive travel services, the new Setra premium products are the calling card of their company.
Following the successful start of series production, the new flagship Setra vehicle has already been honoured with the "Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014", a globally recognised seal of quality.

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    Heinz Friedrich, Setra brand spokesperson for Germany (left), hands over the S 516 HDH to the business couple Alfred and Cornelia Block.
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    The S 516 HDH is the first vehicle from the Setra TopClass 500 series to be delivered to a German coach operator.
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    Heinz Friedrich, Setra brand spokesperson for Germany (left), hands over the S 516 HDH to the business couple Alfred and Cornelia Block.Pictured on the right are the owner´s son Jan-Erik and his girlfriend Ann-Katrin Kahle.
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    To celebrate the handover of the first vehicle from the Setra TopClass 500 (right), the company Block Busreisen from Lower Saxony brought a tour group from its home town of Husum to Neu-Ulm.
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