Setra ComfortClass 500 is "Coach of the Year 2014"

Setra ComfortClass 500 is "Coach of the Year 2014"
September 2013
  • European jury chooses two-axle S 515 HD as "Coach of the Year 2014"
  • Bus journalists won over by overall design concept of the Setra series
  • Winner's trophy to be presented at "Busworld 2013" in Kortrijk
Barely a year after its world premiere, the new Setra ComfortClass 500 has won the accolade "Coach of the Year 2014". The international "Bus and Coach of the Year" expert jury selected the S 515 HD for the prestigious award after extensive tests. The 19 European bus journalists were won over first and foremost by the overall design concept of the new Setra touring coach generation which was first unveiled in the autumn of 2012. The members of the jury carried out noise measurements inside the vehicle, for example, and assessed the workmanship, braking performance, safety features, handling, ergonomics, passenger-friendliness and economic efficiency of the test buses.
Positive customer feedback affirmed by industry observers
For Hartmut Schick, head of Daimler Buses, the award demonstrates that the investments in this totally new touring coach concept are already paying off: "We are very proud to receive this prestigious award for our innovative Setra ComfortClass 500 series. The decision by the industry observers very gratifyingly affirms the wealth of positive feedback which we have received on these innovative vehicles from customers in Germany and abroad."
Sales of buses from the ComfortClass 500 series up to the end of August totalled over 80, to customers throughout Europe. Setra presented this series in 2012 as the world's first touring coach concept developed entirely in compliance with Euro VI requirements. The dynamic generation of touring coaches from Daimler's Ulm-based brand sets new benchmarks in economy, high quality, comfort and safety. The new premium touring coaches boast aerodynamic lines resulting from an extensive development process in the wind tunnel. A hybrid lightweight design concept guaranteeing even greater strength accompanied by a marked reduction in weight combines with intelligent fuel consumption and energy management to make the new Setra touring coaches attractive added-value vehicles. The ComfortClass 500 already meets the requirements of the Euro VI emissions standard for new vehicles which is to enter into force in 2014, and also complies with numerous other safety regulations and legal provisions which are to be introduced in the coming years. The ComfortClass 500 demonstrated its economic efficiency in the Record Run Buses 2012, when an S 515 HD outstripped the thrifty reference model with an 8.2 % reduction in fuel consumption.
Competition focuses on practical merits
Several European trade journals have been awarding the "Bus of the Year" and "Coach of the Year" titles in alternation since 1989. In this competition the participating bus journalists focus their attention on the practical merits of the vehicles submitted for the "Coach Euro Test" and the appurtenant overall design concepts. The trophy for the S 515 HD will be presented at the "Busworld 2013" show in Kortrijk, Belgium.

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    The mintgreen S 515 HD inspired the european jury in Ybbs at the Coach Euro Test.
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    At the Busworld in Kortrijk, the S 516 HD will be presented as exhibit.