Stuttgart/Kortrijk. The Setra brand has been honoured at the "Busworld" international trade show in Kortrijk, Belgium (16 – 21 October) with several awards. The jury of experts from European Coach & Bus Week (ECW) presented the S 516 HDH from the Setra TopClass 500 with this year's "Grand Award Coach". In addition, the committee also paid tribute to the high environmental compatibility as well as the aesthetic design of the innovative Setra touring coach generation by awarding it the "Ecology Label" and "Styling & Design Label".
For Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses, the prize represents acknowledgement of the future technologies promoted by Daimler Buses: "We are proud that with the award-winning Setra TopClass 500 we have also been able to take on a pioneering role in the areas of ecology and economy which respects both people and the environment to a very high level."
Setra TopClass 500 combines luxury and functionality at the highest level
The elegant and dynamic touring coaches in the Setra TopClass 500 range provide passengers with a travelling experience that combines luxury and functionality at the highest level. The exclusive top-of-the-range long-distance coaches bring aspects of design, quality and safety to the fore. They combine the ultimate in equipment with the outstanding economy of the ComfortClass 500. Back at the beginning of the year they were already honoured with the "Special Mention 2015" of the "German Design Award".
S 515 MD picks up "Green Coach Award 2015"
Alongside the vehicles of the Setra TopClass 500, the mid-decker touring coaches of the ComfortClass 500 also received a high level of praise. The S 515 MD was honoured with the "Green Coach Award 2015". The prize has been awarded since 2011 to a touring coach one year and an urban bus the next year by the trade publications "Omnibusrevue" and "Busfahrer". This year already marked the third time that the trophy was awarded to the Setra brand from Daimler Buses.
The jury's statement on its rationale highlighted the following: "The S 515 MD achieved the lowest fuel consumption on the test route. In addition, the touring coach impressed with its strong focus on a consistent level of economy. Virtually no other vehicle in this segment provides as much coach for the money as the Setra MD from the ComfortClass 500."
Mid-decker extends the Setra ComfortClass 500 range
The S 515 MD is a full-fledged touring coach which incorporates the benefits of the economical ComfortClass 500. With a height of 3560 mm, rather than standing in the shadow of its bigger "brother" the mid-decker fits perfectly into the existing product family with a character all of its own.
With the S 515 MD and S 516 MD, Setra is extending the range of applications. From economical vehicles par excellence with small engines and efficient basic configurations in the areas of the cockpit and seating, to high-quality shuttle coaches of the Setra ComfortClass 500 which accommodate virtually all types of equipment and fittings, the vehicles are able to provide any operator with the right model, whatever the application.