Daimler Buses North America has won a major order for 30 Setra S 417 luxury touring coaches and 15 Sprinter shuttle buses from Compass Transportation, a member of the Veolia group. The vehicles are to be delivered before the year-end. Compass Transportation is a tried-and-tested partner in the bus transport sector, and one of the most respected transport companies in the San Francisco region.


Compass Transportation will use the new fleet of Setra S 417 touring coaches and Sprinter shuttle buses for its gRide programme – the provision of personnel trans­port services for Genentech Pharmaceuticals. In cooperation with its contractual partner Compass, Genentech, a leading biotechnology company based in San Francisco, offers its employees flexible and comfortable transport options between the workplace and their homes. Those using the gRide service are able to get to their place or work without stress on a separate bus lane, with no fear of traffic tailbacks. This saves the personnel time and money. The buses are also available to transport employees around the Genentech site.

S 417 with exclusive appointments and TopSky glass roof
Genentech employees will soon enjoy a particularly high standard of travelling comfort. The TopSky glass roof and large rear window allow plenty of light into the interior. The coaches are also equipped with WiFi, a multichannel audio system and satellite radio. The original Setra Ambiente seats with colour-coordinated leather upholstery also ensure the highest level of comfort.

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S 417 performs convincingly in a competitive comparison
Genentech and Compass were able to verify the advantages of the Setra S 417 for themselves in recent months. During a comparative test in which three S 417 coaches took part, this luxury model demonstrated its superiority over the vehicles of competitors. The aspects that finally convinced Compass and Genentech to choose the Setra S 417 were its outstanding build quality and luxurious appoint­ments. After-sales customer care also played an important part in the decision.

Holger Suffel, Head of Sales at EvoBus GmbH: “We are very proud that our Setra coaches will be used specifically to enhance the attractiveness of the workplace in a large company such as. Thanks to their high-quality appointments, our Setra coaches are the perfect vehicles for exclusive touring operations.”

Compass Transportation
Compass Transportation was founded in 1977, and provides bus transport for passengers in the greater San Francisco area. The company has established a good reputation for itself with respect to quality, safety and customer satisfaction. Compass Transportation is part of SuperShuttle, a subsidiary of Veolia Transporta­tion. SuperShuttle is the USA’s leading provider of shuttle bus services. It serves 26 airports in 22 cities, and carries more than 8 million passengers each year.

S 417: the TopClass 400 for the North American market
The S 417 was developed on the basis of the European concept for the TopClass 400. The width of 102 inches (approx. 2.60 m) and length of 45 feet (approx. 13.7 m) were adapted to suit the requirements of the market. Other typical features include a single entry door at the front, marker lights, a divided wind­screen and a 120 mm extension to the rear bumper. In all other respects the US version corres­ponds to the design of the European TopClass 400. The spacious and comfortable interior impresses with a level floor and the absence of platforms, a toilet in the rear and in some cases a generously equipped kitchen area in the rear. The coach is powered by a Detroit Diesel Series 60 DDEC engine, which is combined with either an Allison WTB 500 automatic transmission or the ZF-AS tronic automated 12-speed transmission.

Source: Daimler AG