16 Setra coaches for the teams of the 2008 European Football Championships
The organisers of the "EURO2008" European Football Championships, which are taking place in Austria and Switzerland from June 7 to 29, 2008, have opted to use Setra coaches, a brand of Daimler AG, to transport the teams between venues. On May 26 in the Setra Customer Centre in Neu-Ulm, Holger Suffel, Director of Sales at Daimler Buses, officially handed over a fleet of some 16 coaches from the S 415 GT-HD series to the international "BusTeam2008" consortium.
Hyundai, as the main sponsor of EURO2008, in conjunction with the European football association UEFA, has awarded the bus companies "Autobus Oberbayern" from Germany, "Blaguss" from Austria and "Marti" from Switzerland, the task of transporting the 16 participating teams. Decorated in the official UEFA design, the Setra ComfortClass 400 coaches boast a wide variety of safety features including, among other things, the electronic stability program (ESP) as well as the proximity control system (ART). The vehicles, which are fitted with seats in a comfortable 4-star legroom arrangement for players, coaches and officials, are also equipped with environmentally friendly Euro 5 engines and as such currently already comply with the new European exhaust emission guidelines which are to come into effect in 2009.
In addition to the high standards of safety and comfort afforded by the four-star coaches, the determining factor for the consortium's buying decision was also the overall concept presented by EvoBus. This includes a comprehensive Omniplus service network in the two countries hosting the event, together with a 24 hour service and special tailor-made Omniplus safety training for the drivers, which took place in Zurich on the day following the handing over of the vehicles.