Hilgen-Reisen celebrates 100th anniversary

Bus and touring coach travel company Emil Hilgen from Friedrichsfehn in Ammerland, Lower Saxony, has decided to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary with a very special gift: a fully equipped Setra TopClass S 516 HDH.

Hilgen-Reisen celebrates 100th anniversary

It’s the first Setra in the fleet bearing the brand’s new family face. Following an extensive facelift, next-generation Setra touring coaches feature three-dimensional, chrome brand lettering on a glossy, black background.

In terms of technology, the latest Setra is also a true premium vehicle for Hilgen, evident from elements including adaptive cruise control (ART) with Active Brake Assist 5 (ABA 5): the system relieves drivers by automatically maintaining a constant distance to the vehicle ahead as defined by the driver on the basis of permanent measurements. ABA 5 additionally supports drivers in the event of an imminent collision with stationary objects, moving objects and moving pedestrians.

Today, 40 buses and touring coaches with the striking green Hilgen lettering are in operation for the company. Many of these vehicles – from club vehicles to double-deckers – are Setra and Mercedes-Benz vehicles, given this has been the company’s first choice for decades. “The versatile Setra premium touring coach fully meets the high standards of our passengers. Unique all-round visibility, generous interior standing height and the coherently coordinated interior design represent comfort and driving pleasure par excellence,” Wolfgang Hilgen explains.

Established on 29 June 1923 by Anna and Emil Hilgen for the transport of sand for local road construction, dairy products and deliveries of all kinds as a haulage company operating with horse-drawn carriages, the Friedrichsfehn-based company soon upgraded the fleet with a truck a few years later. A touring coach trailer soon followed to be able to transport peat workers throughout the region. The first bus was purchased in 1948, and today the company is considered a reliable service provider for local public transport within the districts of Ammerland and Oldenburg. Setra and Mercedes-Benz touring coaches provide the first-class travel experience in coach hire that Hilgen is known for throughout the region.

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