In March 2016 one of the biggest Polish bus companies, the Warsaw firm Raf Trans Sp. z o.o., took delivery of around 60 new Mercedes-Benz Tourismo coaches and three Setra ComfortClass 500 touring coaches. "We are proud that for over 15 years we have been making a decisive contribution to the sustainable success of the company Raf Trans with our economical touring coaches and our outstanding service", said Roman Biondi, Head of Market Management Daimler Buses.
Antonio Cavotta, Director of EvoBus Polska, handed Rafał Jańczuk, the owner of the firm Raf Trans, the symbolic key to his new fleet on the premises. At the handover Rafał Jańczuk commented: "Back during my first visit to the Mercedes-Benz Mannheim bus and coach plant in the year 2000, I decided to place my trust in the vehicles from Daimler Buses as of then and since that time I have been systematically implementing my decision". Antonio Cavotta added: "We congratulate Raf Trans on the purchase of these buses and say a big thank you for the long-term partnership and the trust in our products and our company".
The 60 Tourismo touring coaches have been equipped to match the luxury travel company's high-end offering. In the interior, passengers can expect to be greeted by Travel Star seats, which are adjustable on the aisle side and have been developed specifically for touring coach operation, and also include two-point seat belts, luggage nets and aisle-side hinged armrests. A galley, toilet, audio/video system, high-performance air conditioning system and also tinted windows throughout round off the comfort appointments available on board the vehicles.
The vehicle is driven by OM 470 Euro VI BlueEfficiency Power engines generating 290 kW (394 hp). Gear shifting is taken care of by the power-assisted GO 210 six-speed transmission. The safety devices include the systems already available as standard in the Tourismo such as the advanced emergency braking system (AEBS) and the Lane Assistant (SPA). As an additional safety feature, the company also opted for Litronic headlamps and reversing cameras for the vehicles.
Setra ComfortClass 500
The Setra touring coaches are two 12.30 m two-axle S 515 HD models, each with 49 exclusive Setra Voyage Ambassador passenger seats and a three-axle 14.9 m S 519 HD with 69 Setra Voyage plus seats. All vehicles are fitted with high-quality audio/video multimedia systems and folding 19-inch video monitors. The safety systems installed, such as the adaptive cruise control (ART) with Active Brake Assist (ABA3) and attention assist system (ATAS), also correspond to the latest state of the art.
The bus company Raf Trans
Passenger transport with touring coaches makes up the core business of the bus company Raf Trans. With nearly 200 employees and a fleet of around 150 buses and coaches (predominantly Mercedes-Benz), the firm also offers a VIP shuttle and transport on classic long-distant routes.