EvoBus GmbH is a German bus manufacturer headquartered in Neu-Ulm, Germany and a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG. Its products go to market under the brands Setra or Mercedes-Benz.

EvoBus GmbH
PredecessorKarl Kässbohrer Fahrzeugwerke Edit this on Wikidata
Founded23 February 1995
HeadquartersNeu-Ulm, Germany
Key people
Hartmut Schick
Number of employees
17,899 (2016)
ParentDaimler AG
Mercedes-Benz buses


In 1995, Mercedes-Benz and Setra amalgamated under the umbrella of EvoBus. Mercedes-Benz brought in more than 100 years of experience in the bus and coach industry, starting with the invention of the omnibus by Karl Benz in 1895 in Mannheim.

EvoBus is headquartered in Neu-Ulm in Germany, with its largest bus factory in Mannheim in Germany. Licensed buses are also manufactured in Turkey. The city buses, for instance the Citaro, are manufactured in Mannheim, as are the chassis (meaning the frame plus the "running gear" like engine, transmission, driveshaft, differential, and suspension). A body (sometimes referred to as "coachwork"), is built on the chassis to complete the coaches in Ulm/Neu-Ulm, where the final assembly takes place. Other factories of EvoBus are in Ligny-en-Barrois in France and in Sámano (Castro Urdiales) in Spain.

Its product portfolio include:

  • Bus-specific service ranging from insurance and consulting to concepts for financing and the procurement of original parts and accessories.
  • Sales network for new and used vehicles in Europe,
  • Service network

In 2016, EvoBus had a workforce of 17,899 employees.[citation needed]


In April 1951, Setra introduced a coach with self-supporting structure.

By 1955 the company demonstrated a coach with the first independent air suspension at the German Motor Show in Frankfurt.

Since the 1990s, EvoBus has been experimenting with hydrogen fuel cells to use hydrogen as a primary source of power for the locomotion of buses.

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