Setra celebrates the world premiere of the MultiClass 400
Oct 21, 2005
The highlight of this year's “Busworld” trade fair being held in the Belgian town of Kortrijk from October 21 – 26, 2005 is undoubtedly the premiere of the all-new MultiClass 400. This latest model range is the premium DaimlerChrysler brand's third product segment, alongside the exclusive touring coaches that make up the TopClass 400 range and the economically attractive ComfortClass 400 models, which have been designed for a combination of touring and rural regular-service operation. With a total of four vehicle lengths, a broad spectrum of equipment variants plus stylish looks, the new model series is perfect for rural regular-service operations combined with occasional excursions. It supersedes the outgoing 300 model series, which has been operating successfully in numerous private and public transport fleets throughout Europe since its launch in 1994. In June, the 10,000th model from this fast-selling range, a Setra S 315 UL, was presented to transport operator Ludwigsluster Verkehrsgesellschaft.
MultiClass 400 in four different lengths
In Kortrijk, the latest, fully redesigned generation of rural regular-service buses is represented by the Setra S 415 UL measuring 12.20 m and the Setra S 417 UL measuring 14.05 m in length, each exhibiting an array of technical firsts. These include a new MultiClass 400 cockpit with a joystick-style gearshift, the first time that such a concept has featured in a rural regular-service bus. The softer styling, both inside and out, gives the vehicles a touring coach feel, while at the same time emphasising the individuality of the new model series within the Setra portfolio.
TopClass 400 touring coaches featuring new technical highlights
Apart from its latest offerings in the rural regular-service sector, Setra also has two TopClass 400 models on display in Belgium, which are both showcasing exclusive equipment highlights. The flagship model in the touring coach range, the double-decker Setra S 431 DT, is sporting a tinted glass roof whose transparent design creates an unprecedented sense of spaciousness for passengers. The shortest TopClass 400 model is the 10.10-m long Setra S 411 HD touring coach which can be seen in Kortrijk equipped with an exclusive club corner and the fully automated EPS 03 gearshift. EPS 03 operates the clutch and performs gearshifts electropneumatically while giving the driver the choice of both an automatic and a manual mode.
Once again, the sales figures bear testimony to the popularity of the TopClass 400, which made its debut in 2001. In March of this year, coach operator Imken-Touristik in northern Germany took delivery of the 3000th TopClass 400 model, a Setra S 415 HDH.
ComfortClass 400: economical and comfortable
Following on from the premiere of the ComfortClass 400 at “Busworld” two years ago and its highly successful market launch last year, Setra is this year presenting the S 416 GT-HD model measuring 13.02 m long. This model series was also able to celebrate reaching a milestone this year, when the 1000th ComfortClass 400 model - a Setra S 415 GT - was presented to the coach operator Birkmaier from the German region of Swabia.
All coaches are equipped with proximity control
All three of the coaches on show – the S 431 DT, S 411 HD and S 416 GT-HD – are equipped with proximity control. This system is able to take some of the stress out of driving when cruising on motorways and highways by automatically applying the brakes when a slower vehicle in front is detected, until a distance pre-set by the driver is reached, which the system then maintains. Another first which the Setra Bus and Coach unit is taking the wraps off in Belgium is the Continuous Braking Limiter for the TopClass 400 and ComfortClass 400 touring coaches; this new system is designed to initiate engine braking automatically by means of the retarder if the vehicle speeds up unintentionally when travelling downhill.
In the outside arena, bus and coach industry visitors from all over the world will be able to view a further representative from the ComfortClass 400 range in the form of a Setra S 415 GT-HD with a wheelchair lift plus adjustable seat spacing. Also on display is the Setra S 315 NF low-floor model from the MultiClass 300 series.
Setra exhibits take up an area of 1200 square metres in Hall 5
“Busworld” is the premier trade fair for bus and coach travel and tourism and is opening its doors to industry representatives from around the world for the 18th time in the Belgian town of Kortrijk. Over 300 manufacturers, suppliers and service providers are stationed in and around the exhibition halls. The Setra brand and its sales team will be welcoming visitors to its stand in Hall 5 which covers an area of 1200 square metres.
The new MultiClass 400: touring coach-like comfort further boosts the appeal of rural-service buses
  • MultiClass 400 in four different lengths
  • Drivers and passengers benefit from substantial increase in space
  • New cockpit with joystick-style gearshift
  • New Transit touring seat: state-of-the-art ergonomic design
  • Touring coach look thanks to slanting front end
  • Euro 4 with BlueTec technology
The highlight of this year's “Busworld 2005” show in Kortrijk, Belgium (October 21 to 26, 2005) is the world premiere of the newly developed Setra MultiClass 400. This new bus series – the DaimlerChrysler premium brand's third product line – joins a stable that already includes the exclusive TopClass 400 touring coach series and the economically attractive ComfortClass 400 series.
With four vehicle lengths and a wide range of equipment and appointments to choose from, the new models are the ideal solution for rural regular-service bus operators in both the public and private domain.
The MultiClass 400 replaces the outgoing 300 series which was unveiled in 1994 and went on to become the German market leader in its segment for a number of years. In June 2005, MultiClass rural regular-service bus number 10,000, one of the top-selling Setra S 315 UL models, was officially handed over to German regional transport operator Ludwigsluster Verkehrsgesellschaft.
MultiClass 400 in four different lengths
The 12.2-metre Setra S 415 UL with two axles and the three-axle Setra S 417 UL measuring 14.05 metres in length are celebrating their world premieres at the international show in Kortrijk. Due to be launched in spring 2006, when the Setra S 415 UL will be the first version to go into series production, the new vehicles can be used as rural regular-service buses or, alternatively and even more lucratively, for excursions.
Over the coming months, the Setra MultiClass 400 line-up will be completed by the compact, 10.8-metre Setra S 412 UL at the bottom end and the Setra S 419 UL measuring 14.98 metres in length at the top end.
When designing and developing the new series, the engineers took the needs and requirements of bus operators, drivers and passengers into account. The result is an all-new product which offers an extremely high level of economy, comfort and safety and, of course, ensures compliance with the EU 2001/85 directive.
Drivers and passengers benefit from substantial increase in space
The buzz word during the development of the Setra MultiClass 400 was “growth”. As it did for the ComfortClass 400, Setra has implemented a new length concept for the new rural regular-service bus series, extending the front end of the Setra S 415 UL and Setra S 417 UL models on show in Kortrijk by 200 mm. This increase in size means more interior space and, therefore, an even higher level of passenger comfort, especially on longer, cross-country journeys.
Despite their extra length, both the MultiClass 400 UL variants are even more manoeuvrable than their predecessors. This benefit, coupled with the fact that the angle of approach has been increased by 10 percent to 7.65°, makes the driver's life much easier, especially when pulling into tight bus-stop areas. Plus Setra has lowered the entrance height to 330 mm.
The extended front end and the increase in the vehicle width from 2500 mm to 2550 mm were achieved thanks to an all-new bodyshell construction featuring annular reinforcements stretching across the roof and down the sides. This system – in which six transverse tubes are connected by means of side members – ensures a high level of torsional stiffness and, therefore, contributes significantly towards passive safety. As in the case of the TopClass 400 and ComfortClass 400 vehicles, the bodyshell skeleton goes through a cathodic dip priming process to protect it against corrosion. And although the designers were able to rely on tried-and-trusted technologies during the development of the MultiClass 400, thanks to the systematic application of modular design principles, it was clear from the very start that the end product would be a bus series with a unique character, one that would quickly establish itself a permanent place in the wide-ranging Setra product line-up.
A vehicle body characterised by smooth forms
One of the most obvious highlights of the MultiClass 400 series, in addition to innovative technology and well conceived comfort features, is the leading-edge exterior design. The time when rural regular-service bus design was all about corners and edges now seems like a distant memory. Here, as in other segments, the brand has consistently applied its product philosophy, successfully phasing in classic design elements of the TopClass 400 and ComfortClass 400 touring coach generations. Softer forms also dominate at the front as well as at the rear end, where a set of rounded tail lights can now be found. In classic Setra style, the LED turn signal indicators are located above the standard-fit H1/H7 headlamps. Yet despite these family resemblances, the MultiClass 400 differs from the other product segments of the Setra family in its own unique way. By way of example, the polished aluminium design element below the window sill behind the front entrance is undoubtedly a defining characteristic feature of the MultiClass 400.
The harmonious lines of the vehicle body emphasise above all the sense of unity flowing throughout the entire design. The side wall curvature is reminiscent of the ComfortClass 400 touring coaches, while the marker lights along the side walls are equipped with LED technology. Positive feedback from bus and coach operators prompted Setra to also include the tried-and-trusted mirror system that featured in the 300 series for this new vehicle generation. Yet despite the all-round view provided by this patented design, the designers were still keen to incorporate an additional panoramic window in the front entrance door, thus allowing the driver to keep an eye on the right-hand side of the vehicle exterior, even when the door is closed.
The front and rear section are made from corrosion-resistant plastic. This design, coupled with a host of further weight-optimisation measures such as the installation of computer-enhanced components and compact seating, means that the new vehicles are some 200 kg lighter than their predecessors.
New cockpit with joystick-style gearshift
Like the passengers, drivers of the new rural regular-service buses will feel like they are entering a new world. Setra's designers have worked tirelessly to optimise the ergonomic design of the driver's area. When moulding the all-new MultiClass 400 cockpit with a digital central display, the main emphasis was on the specific needs and requirements of bus drivers. The result is a functionally homogeneous working area with a highly sophisticated look. For the first time, drivers of the MultiClass 400 rural regular-service buses also have the benefit of a joystick-style gearshift which ensures outstanding shifting accuracy every time thanks to the short shift travel and a pneumatically assisted Servoshift function. The control lever is positioned right next to the steering wheel and fits the driver's hand perfectly, while the position of both the joystick-style gearshift and the pneumatically adjustable steering column was chosen to enable easy access to the driver's area.
Similarly the parking brake is now located at an optimal point in the new side panelling on the left-hand side of the steering wheel. Meanwhile the individual controls have been ergonomically integrated for maximum effectiveness, thus allowing the drivers to fully concentrate on what is going on all around the bus, just as their colleagues at the wheel of the TopClass 400 and ComfortClass 400 models are able to do. Additional holders and stowage facilities for cups, water bottles or maps as well as a spacious stowage recess next to the curved dashboard provide even more effectively designed space in the cockpit area. Below this the powerful, integral front-end air conditioning unit provides an improved central air supply, adequately ventilates the footwells for both the driver and the tour guide and de-ices the windscreen. In addition, the new cockpit provides the ideal platform for integrating further items of equipment such as one of a range of different ticket counter systems. Furthermore, bus operators can choose whether to install a refrigerator for the driver or specify a simple stowage space in the front entrance area.
Whatever the occasion – whether popping to the shops in town or going out on the tiles with friends or work colleagues – passengers on board the MultiClass 400 can be sure of a comfortable ride, since Setra has notched up a notable first by creating a luxurious touring-coach feel inside a rural regular-service bus.
This ambience is thanks in no small part to the open luggage racks – specified as standard – which feature a curved, undulating design. The elliptical pattern on the underside emphasises the dynamism of the vehicle, this time in the interior, and is also extremely practical, since the “perforations” allow the driver and passengers to immediately see whether any items have been left behind. What's more, the luggage racks provide plenty of room for personal luggage and are easy to reach as the interior headroom is 2190 mm. The newly designed ceiling area features two standard electrically operated ventilation hatches with the option of a sensor for closing the apertures automatically when it starts to rain. The air duct flap is used as a diaphragm for the new loudspeaker exciter technology that fills the passenger compartment with sound, while the speaker housings are no longer visible. Lights in the centre of the ceiling uniformly bathe the entire passenger compartment in a pleasant light. They have two dimmer settings and can also be controlled by the driver to provide discreet nightlighting. Halogen spots in the two door areas provide the required brightness and make boarding and exiting easier in poor weather or darkness.
New Transit touring seat: state-of-the-art ergonomic design
Regardless of the destination and how long the journey takes, passengers appreciate the comfort of good seating. This is why Setra decided to develop all-new seats for the MultiClass 400. The end product – the “Transit” – is a lighter yet more robust passenger seat with an ergonomically optimised form and a forwards-curving supporting foot to make it easier for passengers to take their seats and get out into the centre aisle.
Several variants of the Transit are available, and bus operators can choose either standard or designer seat covers. Backrests can be ordered in two different heights, whilst the seat can be specified with a plastic back or a complete anti-vandalism back. The aisle-side grab handles comply with the EU 2001/85 directive as well as specific school bus requirements. Furthermore, the new seats are now bolted to a C-rail rather than to the platforms as previously, thus widening the centre aisle and allowing the bus operator to adjust the seat spacing as required.
As far as the seating configuration is concerned, Setra offers two different solutions, depending on individual bus operator requirements. In the rear entrance area, the vehicles can be either specified with space for a pram or equipped with four additional seats.
In the case of the latter option, the number of seats in the Setra S 415 UL can be increased from 49 (plus standing room for 23 passengers) to 53 (plus standing room for 19 passengers). With a full complement of seats on board, the Setra S 417 UL can carry 61 seated passengers (plus 39 standing passengers). This number falls to 57 (plus 47 standing passengers) if a space for a pram is specified. In addition, bus operators can specify one or two tour guide seats.
Touring coach look thanks to slanting front end
Although the MultiClass 400 models are primarily designed for use as rural regular-service buses, they also provide an attractive alternative for bus operators who organise occasional excursions. The buses with the slanting front end can be ordered with an optional ComfortClass 400 touring coach cockpit. Setra customers who opt for the touring coach-based version can choose to equip the interior with state-of-the-art service units, also lifted from the ComfortClass 400 series, which incorporate ventilation nozzles, individual seat lighting and a button for requesting assistance. This variant also comes with the option of a “multimedia box”, including a CD/DVD player, monitors and a navigation system, to keep the passengers fully entertained. Galley units and a toilet can also be installed in this luxury model. What's more, the comfort level on board the MultiClass 400 rural regular-service buses is on a par with that of touring coaches, now that the vehicles are available with the option of “Traffic”, “Top”, “Tourist” or “Travel” touring seats, as featured in the interior of the Setra TopClass 400 and Setra ComfortClass 400 touring coaches.
Setra MultiClass 400 models have two enlarged, hinged luggage compartment flaps on the left-hand side of the vehicle, with no additional partition in the stowage area, thus making it even easier to load and unload items of luggage as well as optimising the bus's weight. The luggage compartments in the Setra S 415 UL have a capacity of 4.5 m3 whilst those in the Setra S 417 UL are capable of swallowing an impressive 5.4 m3 .
Air conditioning system with a choice of three power ratings
Whether it be summer or winter, the interior of the MultiClass 400 is always kept at just the right temperature. Bus operators can select one of three power ratings for the air conditioning system. The basic system, mounted centrally on the vehicle's roof, measures 2.68 m in length, has a cooling output of 32 kW and operates using six brushless twin-radial evaporator blowers and four condenser blowers. It has a compressor capacity of 470 cc. The 3.2-metre-long system with eight twin-radial evaporator blowers and five condenser blowers has a cooling output of 35 kW and a compressor capacity of 560 cc. If a 650-cc compressor is specified, the system's output is 39 kW.
Thanks to a newly developed air-mixing circuit for the roof-mounted air conditioning system, there is an even temperature distribution throughout the vehicle interior. The fully automatic passenger compartment ventilation system – which can also be controlled manually by the driver – uses fresh air, recirculated air and a mixture of the two (comprising 40% fresh air) to provide high-quality air for the passengers. A reheat function helps to prevent fogging of the windows.
Electronic system with intelligent modules
The entire electronic system in the MultiClass 400 is based on logic operation and interaction between conventional switching systems and a programmable control system whose modules are networked via a CAN databus. The programmable control system consists of “intelligent” modules that are decentrally integrated at points on the vehicle where electronic control is required. The advantage of this set-up is that fewer relays and wires are required for the electronic system as a whole. This reduction in complexity ensures a higher level of operational reliability and reduces the amount of maintenance required. An integrated diagnostic system enables workshop staff to quickly and effectively get to the root of any problems in an emergency, thus reducing vehicle downtime.
Customers have a choice of four different types of destination display. Alongside the tried-and-trusted LCD, LED and flipdot displays, Setra exclusively offers the Reflective Backlit Display (RBD) for the new MultiClass 400.
LEDs are used as the light source in this reflective system whose display remains brightly lit even when deenergised. The benefits of this most inexpensive version are clear to see: the RBD is easy to read and also has a long service life, even under the effects of temperature and moisture.
Euro 4 engines with BlueTec technology
Like the Setra TopClass 400 and ComfortClass 400 series, the new MultiClass 400 series relies on tried-and-tested chassis and engine components. The MultiClass 400 models are fitted with the horizontally mounted Mercedes-Benz OM 457 hLA six-cylinder in-line engine.
The standard version of this Euro 4 engine is available with an output of 220 kW/299 hp and a peak torque of 1250 Nm. As an option, the Setra S 417 UL can also be ordered with a power output of 260 kW (354 hp) and a maximum torque of 1600 Nm. Standard equipment features include the tried-and-trusted Mercedes-Benz GO 190 six-speed manual transmission. Setra also provides a further technical highlight in the shape of the EPS 03 fully-automated manual transmission with electropneumatic shifting and clutch operation, which allows the driver to select either automatic or manual mode.
All MultiClass 400 vehicles feature BlueTec diesel technology based on SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) with a downstream catalytic converter and comply with the Euro 4 emissions standard. BlueTec technology involves an aqueous urea solution (“AdBlue”) being injected into the exhaust-gas stream.
The BlueTec tank has a capacity of 44 litres. Nitrogen oxides are converted into harmless nitrogen and water vapour – both constituents of air – in the downstream catalytic converter. The new technology enables nitrogen oxide emissions to be reduced by up to 30 percent if a Euro 4 engine is fitted and as much as 60 percent if a Euro 5 powerplant is specified. A positive side effect of introducing Euro 4 engines, thanks to the optimised combustion, is an 80 percent reduction in particulate emissions compared to Euro 3 – a strong argument given the current debate about fine-particle and exhaust-gas emissions.
MultiClass 400 also available with optional ESP
From the middle of next year, Setra will be offering the MultiClass 400 with the usual, standard high-tech safety equipment such as ABS and ASR as well as Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as special equipment, which reduces the risk of skidding when cornering or performing obstacle-avoidance manoeuvres.
The Setra TopClass 400 and ComfortClass 400
  • TopClass 400: coach travel at its very finest
  • ComfortClass 400: taking economy and comfort into a new dimension
TopClass 400: coach travel at its very finest
When it first launched the TopClass 400 in 2001, Setra took coach design into a new dimension that promised the ultimate travel experience for passengers and driver alike, with an array of innovative comfort-enhancing features such as anatomically designed seats, multimedia systems and versatile built-in galleys. The ergonomically styled cockpit neatly combines practicality with aesthetic appeal. The increased adjustment range for the driver's seat as well as the optimised arrangement and operation of all instrumentation, controls and levers allows the driver to concentrate on the task in hand, which in turn benefits passenger safety.
European journalists from the motoring press had a host of good reasons to vote the TopClass 400 “Coach of the Year 2002” just eight months after its debut appearance, with the panel of judges citing its impressive technology and a remarkable design that struck a perfect balance between form and function as just two of the reasons for their decision. The TopClass 400 boasts a state-of-the-art safety concept too. All of the coaches are equipped as standard with the same safety features as the ComfortClass 400 models, namely disc brakes, the Electronic Braking System (EBS), anti-lock braking system (ABS), acceleration skid control (ASR), Brake Assist (BA) and - since October 1, 2003 - the Electronic Stability Program (ESP). ESP is a system that actively enhances driving safety and handling stability by significantly lowering the risk of skidding when cornering or performing evasive manoeuvres. In 2005, the proximity control system was added to the range of equipment options for the brand's coach models. This system is able to take some of the stress out of driving when cruising on motorways and highways by automatically applying the brakes when a slower vehicle in front is detected, so as to constantly maintain the minimum proximity preset by the driver. In addition, all Setra coaches have been specified with the Continuous Break Limiter as standard since 2005. This system is able to slow the coach down automatically if, for instance, it is accelerated by the force of gravity when travelling downhill, causing it to exceed the maximum legal speed limit of 100 km/h. The TopClass 400 range comprises the S 411 HD club bus measuring 10.10 m in length, the 12.00-m long S 415 HD, the three-axle S 415 HDH super high-decker, the 12.99-m long S 416 HDH also with three axles, plus the S 417 HDH super high-decker measuring 13.85 m. The premium Setra line-up is headed by the S 431 DT double-decker flagship model measuring 13.89 m from front to rear. Setra purpose-designed the S 417 model for the North American market, adapting it to requirements in the US before unveiling it there in spring 2003. The S 415 HD, meanwhile, comes in a right-hand-drive version which Setra markets in countries where traffic drives on the left, such as the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Cyprus.
ComfortClass 400: taking economy and comfort into a new dimension
A new design, new vehicle lengths, a cockpit that has been redeveloped from scratch, plus a wealth of technical innovations both inside and out have turned the ComfortClass 400 range into a product line in which the S 415 GT, S 415 GT-HD, S 416 GT-HD and S 417 GT-HD models each retain their individual characters, taking the way in which economy can be combined with travel comfort into a whole new dimension. During development of the new ComfortClass 400 range, Setra again capitalised on the abolishment of the legislation limiting buses and coaches to a maximum overall length of 12 metres and extended each of the four models in the range by 200 mm. The S 415 GT and S 415 GT-HD measure 12.20 m, the S 416 GT-HD 13.02 m and the S 417 GT-HD 14.05 m in length. For vehicles which are deployed for a combination of coach tours and occasional passenger transport these are unprecedented lengths which create noticeably more interior space compared to similar models.
The bodyshell's framework is cathodically dip-primed for extra protection, in the same way as the TopClass 400 touring coaches. A further prominent identifying feature of the ComfortClass 400 is its redesigned cockpit with exclusive styling and controls that have been arranged ergonomically throughout. The driver's area in touring coach look incorporates a joystick-style gearshift, integral navigation monitors, an extra bottle holder as well as additional stowage space for a briefcase or road maps. For ComfortClass 400 models operating on rural regular-service routes, a ticket counter can be added to the cockpit without any difficulty.
Bus and coach operators have a choice of three power ratings for the climate control system, depending on the overall length of the vehicle. The basic unit, which measures 2680 mm in length and is mounted in the centre of the vehicle's roof, has 32 kW of cooling power and operates using six brushless, double radial evaporator fans and four condenser fans. It has a compressor displacement of 470 cc and is intended for use in the S 415 GT-HD and S 416 GT-HD models. Measuring 3200 mm in length, the “hot-country system” is equipped with eight double radial evaporator fans and five condenser fans; the air compressor's displacement of 560 cc produces 35 kW of cooling power. This system is fitted in the three-axle S 417 GT-HD model as standard and is available for the S 416 GT-HD as an option.
With a compressor displacement of 650 cc, the top-of-the-range system has a maximum cooling output of 39 kW and can be selected as an option. The 39-kW unit increases cooling capacity in the longer vehicle models by around 15 percent. Thanks to this, the new ComfortClass 400 three-axle coach models are able to achieve the same levels of heating, ventilation and air conditioning comfort as the models measuring just 12.20 m in length. This high-power version is recommended for use in hotter or tropical climatic regions, such as southern Europe or Africa. A newly developed system of mixed circulation for the roof-mounted air conditioning system results in even temperature distribution in the interior of the vehicle. The cooled air flowing out of the restyled overhead service consoles ensures that passengers will be able to travel in great comfort wherever they are sitting. The passenger compartment ventilation, which runs automatically but can also be regulated manually by the driver, ensures a pleasant climate, delivering fresh air, recirculated air or a mix containing 40% fresh air. The low-maintenance air conditioning system runs more quietly and reduces weight by up to an impressive 30 kilograms compared to previous models.
The air conditioning system also optimises driver comfort. The cooling capacity of the air conditioning system in the driver's area has been increased again compared to the predecessor model series. The air outlets integrated into the driver's area have a high maximum airflow capacity, and allow the driver to adjust the rate and distribution of the airflow as desired.
Setra milestones and innovations
  • 1893: The company is founded
  • 1951: The first Setra product line (S 8) is introduced in Europe
  • 1955: Coaches with the first independent air suspension are exhibited at the German Motor Show in Frankfurt. The Setra S 6 is presented at the Geneva Motor Show
  • 1959: First modular Setra system and Europe’s first articulated with load-bearing body structure
  • 1963: The 10 series comprising six models is introduced
  • 1964: Setra is the first bus and coach manufacturer to adopt a retarder (a wear-free continuous brake)
  • 1967: Setra introduces the 100 series with independent front suspension as a standard feature
  • 1971: The first S 130 is delivered to the UK
  • 1976: Setra introduces the 200 series with an innovative cross-flow ventilation system. During its 15 years of production, Setra manufactures an extra-long model and Europe’s first low-floor overland coach
  • 1984: Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) become standard on Setra coaches
  • 1986: Delivery of Setra number 40,000
  • 1990: Hand-over of Setra number 50,000 in Berlin
  • 1991: The European 300 series is introduced in Europe with modern body styling and an ergonomic driver’s area
  • 1992: The Setra S 315 HDH is voted “Coach of the Year 1993”
  • 1996: The Setra S 315 NF is voted “Bus of the Year 96”
  • 1998: Opening of the service centre in Coventry and market launch of the right-hand drive S 315 GT-HD in the UK
  • 2001: Setra’s TopClass 400 is introduced in Europe, with distinctive styling and state-of-the-art technology. The same year, this new coach generation is voted “Coach of the Year 2002” at “Busworld Kortrijk”
  • 2002: Presentation of the S 431 DT double-deck coach at the German International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover. Introduction of the right-hand drive S 415 HD for countries with left-hand rule of the road. The thousandth TopClass 400 vehicle is sold
  • 2003: The S 417 (USA) for the North American market is officially introduced at the UMA (United Motorcoach Association) event in Orlando, Florida. At the “Coach & Bus” exhibition held in Birmingham, England the right- hand-drive S 415 HD coach was shown for the first time at a trade fair. Sale of the 1,500th TopClass 400 coach. From October 2003 on, all TopClass 400 and ComfortClass 400 coaches have the ESP Electronic Stability Program as standard equipment. Two vehicles from the new ComfortClass 400 generation are presented at “Busworld Kortrijk”
  • 2004: The Setra S 415 GT is presented at the Hanover IAA Commercial Vehicle Show. With this fourth vehicle, the line-up in the Setra ComfortClass 400 is complete
  • 2005: On February 23, EvoBus GmbH is able to look back over its first decade of existence. Early March marks 50 years since the premiere of the Setra S 6 compact bus at the Geneva Motor Show in 1955. In March, travel operator Imken Touristik based in northern Germany takes delivery of the 3000th TopClass 400 model, a Setra S 415 HD. In June, the 10,000th model from the MultiClass range – an S 315 UL – is handed over to the customer, Ludwigsluster Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH based in the German state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, during an event designed to demonstrate the reliability and ride comfort of the S 315 NF low-floor bus hosted by the Upper Bavarian Regional Transport authority in Berchtesgaden. In June, the 1000th model from the ComfortClass 400 range - a Setra S 415 GT - is delivered to bus and coach operator Birkmaier, based in Bad Urach, south-western Germany. Setra double-decker coaches can be ordered with an optional glass roof from autumn 2005. This makes the Setra S 431 DT the only double-decker touring coach to offer this exclusive luxury feature which creates an unprecedented sense of spaciousness. In October, the brand unveils two models from its new generation of MultiClass 400 rural regular-service buses - the Setra S 415 UL and Setra S 417 UL - at the “Busworld” trade fair in the Belgian town of Kortrijk. Premiere of the new proximity control and Continuous Braking Limiter safety systems in the TopClass 400 and ComfortClass 400 touring coaches. The proximity control system is available as an option for these coach models with immediate effect.
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