HESS | Motion & Emotion


1882 Heinrich Hess, an experienced wainwright and blacksmith, sets up a workshop and forge in Solothurn to repair wagons and trailers of all kinds. 1919 First coach work concepts for buses, trucks and cars. 1933 HESS presents first bus with aluminum bodywork. 1940 Biel and Basel order the first HESS trolley buses. 1961 HESS introduces the articulated bus to satisfy public need of increased passenger capacity. 1977 HESS develops the first generation COBUS airport bus. 1978 Prototypes appear. Licensed manufacturing begins in Australia and New Zealand. 1987 Construction starts on the world’s first low-floor passenger trailer. 1991 Swisstrolley is the world’s first-ever low-floor articulated trolley bus. It sets the market alight. 1994 HESS starts production of 3500 off-road DURO car bodies. 1996 HESS licenses manufacturing in the USA. 2003 HESS puts the world’s first low-floor double-articulated trolley bus into service. 2007 Another breakthrough – the first low-floor double-articulated hybrid bus in the world. 2008 HESS receives the «company award» for its «sustainable development», awarded by the Government of the Canton of Solothurn.


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