Bus entrepreneur Gössi dedicates new Setra TopClass 500 to company's founder

Bus entrepreneur Gössi dedicates new Setra TopClass 500 to company's founder
June 2014
  • S 517 HDH is first bus from new model series for Swiss company
  • Four-star coach for Gössi Carreisen AG with imaginative special paint finish
  • Large Setra TopSky panoramic roof and parquet floor in maritime look
The Swiss firm "Gössi Carreisen AG" has extended its exclusive touring coach fleet to include a three-axle model from the new Setra TopClass 500 range. Company owner Marco Gössi dedicated the S 517 HDH, which was also the first vehicle from the new model series to be delivered to Switzerland, to his father and company founder Xaver Gössi, who died suddenly at the end of 2013.
At the ceremonial and very emotional vehicle handover at the Neu-Ulm Setra customer centre the company director gave an address in front of a group of people who had travelled with him from Switzerland: "For decades my father had been full of enthusiasm for the buses and coaches from the Setra brand. He would have been very proud of this vehicle, which is characterised by its superb quality and the high level of passenger comfort. This vehicle will always remind us of him."
Gössi Carreisen AG four-star coach with special paint finish and glass roof
The 4-star three-axle model with an extended Setra TopSky panoramic roof and a parquet floor in a maritime look will be used by Gössi Carreisen AG predominantly on long-distance journeys to European countries outside of Switzerland. During the journeys the passengers can make themselves comfortable on a total of 54 "Setra Voyage Supreme" seats with elegant leather/fabric combinations and at all times they can enjoy beverages and snacks from the galley.
Characteristics ensuring optimum safety and ride comfort include the "Assist Systems package" exclusively offered by Setra, which, as well as comprising features such as the Lane Assistant, adaptive cruise control, Active Brake Assist (ABA2) with an additional stop-and-go function and Attention Assist, also includes the Predictive Powertrain Control system. This pro-active cruise control system localises the position of the vehicle via GPS, refers to topographic data stored in the control unit and helps to reduce fuel consumption by intervening automatically in the powertrain.
Gössi offers largest touring coach range in central Switzerland
Gössi Carreisen AG was established in April 1975 by Xaver Gössi in Horw, in the canton of Lucerne. Just four years later in 1979, the operator made the joint decision with his wife Verena Gössi to purchase a coach from the Ulm-based brand. The amicable partnership which was created has been continued by son Marco Gössi and his wife Karin. The company on Lake Lucerne is one of the most renowned coach trip organisers in Switzerland. With over 300 holidays the company offers the largest range of coach trips in central Switzerland.
One of the most distinguishing trademark features of Gössi Carreisen AG are the individually designed, imaginative special paint finishes applied to its Setra touring coaches. The new S 517 HDH makes a glittering impression with crystal-inlaid lettering. For Marco Gössi this styling, created together with Setra, is far more than just a design: "For me this TopClass 500 coach is a true work of art."
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. For operators providing exclusive travel services, the new Setra premium products are the calling card of their company.
Just a short time after a successful start to series production in spring 2014, the new Setra flagship received a globally recognised seal of quality, the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014.

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    Together with Setra Head of Sales Dietmar Widera, Frank Scherhag (2nd from left), Director of EvoBus Schweiz AG, hands over the new TopClass 500 coach to Marco Gössi. On the right in the photograph is Etienne Cotti from Setra Sales in Switzerland.
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    The S 517 HDH belonging to Gössi Carreisen AG is the first Setra TopClass 500 coach for a Swiss bus company.
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    Frank Scherhag (left), Director of EvoBus Schweiz AG, and Setra´s Head of Sales Dietmar Widera (2nd from left) present Marco Gössi (3rd from left) and his wife Karin a specially painted luggage flap during the handover of their new S 517 HDH. With them is also Etienne Cotti from Setra Sales in Switzerland.