Milestone vehicle is a S 415 GT-HD from the Setra ComfortClass
- Now run by the third generation of the same family, this Swiss company maintains an all-Setra fleet
- Over the years since 1956, Setra buses from every model series used
Stuttgart/St. Gallen – The delivery of an S 415 GT-HD at the end of October was a special cause for celebration for the company Gebrüder Ebneter AG in the Swiss town of St. Gallen.
The Setra ComfortClass coach was the 50th new vehicle from the production line in Neu-Ulm to come to the long-established, family-run company. With the arrival of this latest two-axle model the tour operator, currently run by the third generation of the same family, now operates a total of nine buses from the Daimler brand.
The company was originally established as a greengrocer’s business by Johann Ebneter, grandfather of the current managing directors Stefan and Urs Ebneter, in 1933. The next generation of the family, represented by their father, Hans Ebneter, developed the company as a transport and travel operator, buying the company’s first Setra bus in 1956.
“The compact shape and integral body construction of the Setra S 6, together with its new-style rear-mounted engine, offered a very convincing package in every respect”, reminisced Hans Ebneter at the handover of the milestone vehicle at the company’s premises in the St. Gallen suburb of St. Georgen.
This loyalty to Setra remains part and parcel of the company’s activities to this day. The family-run company, which also undertakes furniture removals in and around St. Gallen, has remained faithful to the Ulm bus brand’s coaches over the years and through all the various model series.
All in all, the company now has one of the largest and most up-to-date fleets of buses in the whole of eastern Switzerland. Gebrüder Ebneter AG’s extensive brochure encompasses day trips as well as city tours and cultural mini-breaks throughout Europe.