Setra Specials
Stuttgart
May 20, 2009
Setra milestones and innovations
 
1893
Foundation of the Wagner business by Karl Kässbohrer
 
1911
Start of Kässbohrer omnibus production
 
1951
The first bus with a unitary body, the Setra S 8, is presented
 
1955
Setra presents the first air-sprung independent suspension for buses at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt
 
Presentation of the Setra S 6 at the Geneva Motor Show
 
1959
First Setra modular system and Europe’s first articulated bus with a unitary body
 
1964
Setra is the first bus manufacturer to install a retarder as a non-wearing brake
 
1967
Presentation of the 100 series and series production of air-sprung independent suspension
 
1976
The 200 series with cross-flow ventilation enters series production. Over the subsequent 15 years this series generates numerous further developments, including a three-axle highdecker touring coach specifically for the US market and the first low-floor bus for inter-urban regular service in Europe
 
1981
Setra presents the S 228 DT (Double-deck Touring) as the first double-decker bus
 
1984
ABS becomes standard equipment in all buses and coaches
 
1991
Presentation of the 300 series with an innovative integral mirror system and exterior design, as well as an ergonomically designed cockpit and, for the first time, a multifunction display as standard
 
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"
 
2001
Setra presents the TopClass 400, which sets new standards in terms of technology, design and appointments. In the same year this new touring coach generation is voted "Coach of the Year 2002" at the "Busworld Kortrijk" show
 
2002
Presentation of the S 431 DT double-decker coach at the International Commercial Vehicle Show (IAA) in Hanover
 
Presentation of the S 415 HD as a right-hand drive version
 
The 1000th example of the TopClass 400 is sold
 
2003
In February the S 417 is officially presented for the North American market at the UMA (United Motorcoach Association) show in Orlando, Florida
 
In September the right-hand drive S 415 HD is presented at a specialist show, "Coach and Bus" in Birmingham, for the first time
 
Presentation of two vehicles from the newly designed ComfortClass 400 at the "Busworld" show in Kortrijk, Belgium
 
The 1500th example of the TopClass 400 is sold
 
From October onward, the models in the TopClass 400 and ComfortClass 400 are equipped with the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as standard
 
2004
Presentation of the Setra S 415 GT at the 60th International Commercial Vehicle Show (IAA) in Hanover
 
2005
In early March, Setra celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Setra S 6 Compact bus at the Geneva Motor Show in 1955
 
In March the north German coach operator Imken Touristik takes delivery of the 3000th vehicle from the TopClass 400 series - a Setra S 415 HD
 
In June the 10,000th vehicle from the MultiClass - a S 315 UL - is handed over to Ludwigsluster Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH (Mecklenburg West-Pommerania), during an event demonstrating the reliability and ride comfort of the S 315 NF low-floor bus at RVO in Berchtesgaden
 
In June the coach operator Birkmaier takes delivery of a Setra S 415 GT as the 1000th coach from the ComfortClass 400 series
 
At the "Busworld" show in Kortrijk, Belgium in October, the brand first presents the Setra S 415 UL and Setra S 417 UL as two buses from the newly designed MultiClass 400 inter-urban regular service bus generation
 
Presentation of the new safety systems – proximity control and the engine brake limiter in touring coaches from the TopClass 400 and ComfortClass 400 series
 
2006
The 1500th Setra coach is delivered to Belgium in early February, an S 416 HDH with glass roof
 
On 7 March the 5000th touring coach from the TopClass 400 and ComfortClass 400 series is delivered. This S 416 HDH with a glass roof, proximity control and 50 comfortable reclining seats goes to the Swedish coach operator Stigen Buss AB in Stigen
 
2007
At the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) show in New Orleans, Louisiana, Setra is once again represented with two S 417 touring coaches from the TopClass 400 series. The highlight of this year’s display is the 500th Setra S 417, which has been produced for the North American and Mexican market and is already sold
 
Setra delivers the 90,000th bus since the foundation of the brand in 1951. This S 416 HDH from the TopClass 400 touring coach generation is handed over to the coach operator Arnold Reisen in Dietmannsried near Kempten/Allgäu in February
 
The brand presents vehicles from the new Setra TopClass 400 at the "Busworld" show in Kortrijk, Belgium. Following an extensive model facelift, these touring coaches now offer even more quality, technology, safety and comfort
 
Setra delivers the 500th S 431 DT double-decker touring coach to its customer, the coach operator Voyages Demy Cars in Luxembourg. The 500th S 411 HD touring coach is also handed over, to the coach operator Fischwenger in Straßwalchen near Salzburg
 
For the first time the Setra Show 2007 is held in the newly constructed Setra customer centre in Neu-Ulm, which also houses the modern design centre
 
2008
The 10,000th touring coach from the 400 series, an S 416 GT-HD/2, is handed over to the Turkish fleet operator Varan Turizm
 
In August "Avanti Reisen" is the world’s first coach operator to travel from Germany to China with a touring coach, a Setra S 415 HDH
 
At the International Commercial Vehicle Show (IAA), the brand presents ten exhibits from the current product range including the world premiere of the S 419 GT-HD from the ComfortClass 400 series
 
The low-floor S 415 NF from the MultiClass 400 is voted "Bus of the Year 2009"
 
Setra delivers the first touring coach equipped with Active Brake Assist (ABA). The customer for this S 416 HDH from the new Setra TopClass 400 is Reisedienst Bölck
 
2009
Setra presents two US versions of the S 417 at the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) show in Orlando, Florida. To mark 25 years of sales activities in the USA, the brand also exhibits an S6 dating from 1955 on the stand
 
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