The FINANCIAL -- Stuttgart/Gmunden -- The Austrian company Stern & Hafferl Verkehrsgesellschaft m.b.H., based in Gmunden near Linz, is expanding its fleet with 21 new Setra MultiClass 400 rural-service buses. 14 model S 415 UL business rural-service buses and seven model S 417 UL business buses will be deployed on regular service routes in the Steyr/Kremstal region. The family business, one of the largest private transport companies in the province, had previously won the tender put out across Europe by the Upper Austrian public authorities. The S 415 UL business vehicles all have 45 seats and 36 standing places; the S 417 UL business buses provide seats for 59, and standing places for 15 passengers, according to Daimler AG.
Long-established family business wins Europe-wide invitationto tender
For Managing Director Günter Neumann the tender that has just been won represents another milestone in the 130-year history of the business as well as in the long-standing collaboration with Setra: "The brand is an integral part of the fleet for Stern & Hafferl Verkehr (transport) and Stern & Hafferl Touristik (tourism), both as regular-service buses and as touring coaches. As a family business, we appreciate the good relationship we have with, and the excellent service we get from the very knowledgeable staff at EvoBus. We view the new Setra UL business regular-service model as a very attractive development in the area of public transport tenders, both from a pricing and from a quality point of view."
Thomas Rohde, Managing Director of EvoBus Austria GmbH, is delighted that Stern & Hafferl, with a total of 21 new Setra UL business buses in service, is one of the first enterprises in Austria to have taken this model: "We are proud that the Setra brand is making an important contribution to the long-term success of Stern & Hafferl with the economical Setra MultiClass UL business vehicles. This large order is, for me, clear proof of the effectiveness of the revised vehicle concept, which offers flexible solutions for all the relevant criteria and requirements in public contracts."