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Setra TopClass 500 crowns anniversary of the Di Fonzo company in Italy


Stuttgart/Vasto--May 28, 2014: Italian coach company takes delivery of first S 517 HDH First Setra TopClass 500 touring coach for the Mediterranean country Yellow three-axle coach fitted with TopSky panoramic roof

An S 517 HDH crowns the celebrations marking the 80-year anniversary of the "Di Fonzo" coach company based in the Adriatic seaport of Vasto. The luxury three-axle coach is also the first Setra TopClass 500 vehicle to be delivered to Italy. First Setra TopClass 500 touring coach for the Mediterranean country Rather than the company's customary black paintwork, the new flagship will be touring throughout Europe in a brilliant yellow finish.

For vice-president Alfons Di Fonzo, the new Setra is the pride and joy of this company, which was established in 1934, originally as a postal delivery undertaking: "The S 517 HDH is the most beautiful vehicle currently available on the European market. With its exclusive comfort appointments and its high safety standards, it is the perfect coach for our high-quality travel portfolio.“ Yellow three-axle coach fitted with TopSky panoramic roof Among other features, the S 517 HDH is fitted with the tinted TopSky panoramic glass roof - with light transmission of one percent, this special item of equipment from Setra is a totally new development in the European bus and coach industry. Apart from the high quality of the vehicle itself, the Italian management also greatly values the comprehensive EvoBus service network: "This is another great merit of the brand." The Di Fonzo coach company, which bought its first Setra coach - an S 315 HDH of the 300 model series - in 1990 and today owns 85 vehicles from the Ulm-based company, operates an EvoBus service centre itself in the Abruzzo region. Setra TopClass 500 embodies the premier league of coach building The TopClass 500 presented by the Setra brand in the autumn of 2013 is a new generation of touring coaches that shine a new light on the aspects of design, quality and safety and combine an optimum level of equipment with outstanding economy.

With their aerodynamic design, the new touring coaches guarantee a markedly reduced noise level, and with a Cd value of 0.33 they also lead the European bus and coach sector in terms of economic efficiency. The new premium products represent the premier league of bus and coach construction and are calling cards for any operator offering an exclusive tour programme.

Shortly after the successful start of series production, the new flagship Setra vehicle was honoured with the "Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014", a globally recognised seal of quality.