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Steidl Reisen revved up about the Setra ComfortClass 500
- Company in the Upper Palatinate region of Germany unveils a S 516 HD to mark its 40th anniversary
- Former professional footballer Jean-Marie Pfaff made sponsor
- New Setra touring coach concept named Coach of the Year 2014
The bus operator "Steidl Reisen", based in Buchberg in the Upper Palatinate region of Germany, has acquired a new Setra ComfortClass 500 touring coach to mark the company's 40th anniversary. The highlight of the evening's celebrations was the unveiling of the S 516 HD by guest of honour Jean-Marie Pfaff at the depot in front of 400 guests. The former professional footballer was made sponsor of the luxury bus, which now also bears the star's signature. "During my time as goalkeeper at FC Bayern Munich, I always found it much more relaxing travelling in the team bus rather than by plane. Travelling by bus allows you to really enjoy looking at the towns and landscapes as they go by."
For CEO Martha Brandl, the new touring coach is the pride of the company. "We are happy to be able to add the most state-of-the-art touring coach currently on the market to our fleet, just in time for our big anniversary." In addition to a large number of the most advanced comfort and safety features, it was the economically attractive operating costs and the proven reduction in consumption figures that persuaded her to opt for the innovative touring coach concept. But that's not all: "With the new design we also want to offer our passengers a particular feast for the eyes."
Multimedia system provides tuneful entertainment
The three-axle S 516 HD can comfortably accommodate 48 passengers in touring seats with leather head sections and footrests. A galley with a coffee machine and 40-cup container also has snacks and refreshing drinks for the travellers. A high-performance audio/video system and the CMS Coach Multimedia System with DVD player provide a varied programme of information and entertainment with the ultimate in sound quality.
The new Setra ComfortClass 500 coaches are fitted with the most state-of-the-art driver assistance systems currently available in the sector. These include adaptive cruise control (ART) with emergency brake assist system (ABA2), Attention Assist (ATAS) and an electronic tyre pressure monitor (TPM). The coach also comes with a leather multi-function steering wheel and ambient lighting to help the driver while reversing in the dark.
Family-run company with the highest standards of quality
Alois and Elfriede Steidl founded their coach company in Buchberg in the Upper Palatinate region of Germany in 1973. The company, which started in the schools, commuter and day trips businesses, quickly grew, and has offered tours throughout Europe since the 1980s. Today the family-run company is managed by their daughter Martha and her husband Franz Brandl. A third generation is now actively involved in the company, which now employs more than 30 people, in the form of their son Christopher. Despite its size, Steidl Reisen has always maintained its reputation as a family-run company with the highest standards of quality. Martha Brandl: "Our luxury coaches are only 2.1 years old on average."
The new S 516 HD variant of the Setra ComfortClass 500, which will be used in the company's European tourism programme, already met with huge enthusiasm at its unveiling. Martha Brandl: "We received our first bookings for the vehicle before the anniversary event had even ended."
Setra ComfortClass 500 is Coach of the Year 2014
Steidl Reisen's decision has contributed to the success of the Setra ComfortClass 500, which was named Coach of the Year 2014 by a panel of experts following extensive testing in Ybbs, Austria, less than a year after its international debut.
The industry journalists from 19 European countries involved in the Coach Euro Test were mainly impressed by its overall concept, its practicality and the idea behind the innovative new generation of touring coaches brought out by Stuttgart-based Daimler AG.