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By Rick Mullen,
Busline Magazine Associate Editor

The following import/export categories include motor buses, coaches, trolley buses and gyrobuses.

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau trade figures for December 2021 indicated vehicle imports were up in three categories outlined, compared to December 2020. For all of 2021, vehicles imports were down in six categories, compared to all of 2020.

IMPORTS

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The United States imported 92 vehicles in December 2021, down 12 percent from 105 vehicles for December 2020. For all of 2021, the United States imported 1,054 vehicles, down 32 percent from 1,543 vehicles for all of 2020.

Canada sent 939 vehicles to the United States during all of 2021.

The average price per vehicle for December 2021 was $321,248, down 6 percent from $340,388 for December 2020. The average price per vehicle for all of 2021 was $311,256, up 9 percent from $286,603 for all of 2020.

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The United States received four vehicles in December 2021, compared to zero during December 2020. For all of 2021, the United States imported 42 vehicles, down 71 percent from 144 vehicles for all of 2020.

The United States imported 35 vehicles from Canada during all of 2021.

The average price pre vehicle for December 2021 was $73,834. The average price per vehicle for all of 2021 was $119,330, up 60 percent from $74,728 for all of 2020.

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The United States imported 10 vehicles during December 2021, compared to one vehicle for December 2020. During all of 2021, 149 vehicles were imported, down 29 percent from 209 vehicles for all of 2020.

All of the vehicles were imported from Canada during all of 2021.

The average price per vehicle for December 2021 was $384,281, up 74 percent from $220,463 for December 2020. The average price for all of 2021 was $271,435, up 8 percent from $250,931 for all of 2020.

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The United States imported no vehicles in this category during December 2021 or December 2020. One vehicle was imported during all of 2021, compared to six vehicles for all of 2020.

The one vehicle for all of 2021 was imported from the United Kingdom.

The price of the vehicle imported during all of 2021 was $10,835, compared to the average price of $113,207 per vehicle for all of 2020.

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The United States imported one vehicle during December 2021, the same as for December 2020. During all of 2021, two vehicles were received, compared to five vehicles for all of 2020.

The two vehicles for all of 2021 were imported from the United Kingdom.

The price for the vehicle for December 2021 was $10,679, up 64 percent from $6,500 for the vehicle in December 2020. The average price for all of 2021 as $17,687, up from $6,837 for all of 2020.

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The United States imported 39 vehicles during December 2021, compared to one vehicle for December 2020. During all of 2021, 267 vehicles were received, up 96 percent from 136 vehicles for all of 2020.

China shipped 129 vehicles during all of 2021.

The average price per vehicle for December 2021 was $126,827, down 50 percent from $255,250 for the one vehicle in December 2020. The average price for all of 2021 was $198,782, down 11 percent from $222,260 per vehicle for all of 2020.

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The United States imported no vehicles during December 2021 and December 2020. During all of 2021, 97 vehicles were imported, up 31 percent from 74 vehicles for all of 2020.

China sent 89 vehicles during all of 2021.

The average price for all of 2021 was $10,634, up 13 percent from $9,372 for all of 2020.

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The United States imported 50 vehicles during December 2021, down 53 percent from 107 vehicles for December 2020. During all of 2021, 1,248 vehicles were received, down 4 percent from 1,306 vehicles for all of 2020.

Canada sent 1,246 vehicles to the United States during all of 2021.

The average price per vehicle for December 2021 was $101,924, up 2 percent from $99,972 for December 2020. The average price per vehicle for all of 2021 was $101,106, up 13 percent from $89,245 for all of 2020.

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The United States imported 73 vehicles during December 2021, down 6 percent from 78 vehicles for December 2020. During all of 2021, 822 vehicles were received, up 7 percent from 769 vehicles for all of 2020.

Canada sent 780 vehicles to the United States during all of 2021.

The average price per vehicle for December 2021 was $36,451, down 22 percent from $46,634 for December 2020. The average price per vehicle for all of 2021 was $40,440, down 8 percent from $43,912 for all of 2020.

EXPORTS

Export totals for December 2021 were up in three categories, compared to December 2020. Three categories reported decreases for all of 2021, compared to all of 2020.

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The United States exported 627 vehicles during December 2021, up 13 percent from 556 vehicles for December 2020. During all of 2021, 6,258 vehicles were sent, down 13 percent from 7,174 vehicles for all of 2020.

Canada received 3,115 vehicles during all of 2021, while Mexico imported 2,015 vehicles.

The average price per vehicle for December 2021 was $45,221, down 7 percent from $48,419 for December 2020. The average price per vehicle for all of 2021 was $53,230, down 21 percent from $67,684 for all of 2020.

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The United States shipped 209 vehicles in December 2021, compared to 87 vehicles for December 2020. During all of 2021, 1,062 vehicles were exported, up from 492 vehicles for all of 2020.

Canada received 718 vehicles during all of 2021, while Mexico imported 207 vehicles.

The average price per vehicle for December 2021 was $65,380, compared to $6,664 for December 2020. The average price for all of 2021 was $51,568, up 33 percent from $38,747 for all of 2020.

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The United States exported 14 vehicles in December 2021, down 70 percent from 46 for December 2020. During all of 2021, 390 vehicles were sent, down 17 percent from 470 vehicles for all of 2020.

Mexico received 132 vehicles during all of 2021.

The average price per vehicle for December 2021 was $57,584, up 57 percent from $36,743 for December 2020. The average price for all of 2021 was $31,730, up 7 percent from $29,622 for all of 2020.

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The United States shipped 54 vehicles in December 2021, compared to eight vehicles for December 2020. During all of 2021, 556 vehicles were exported, compared to 2,132 vehicles for all of 2020.

Canada received 518 vehicles during all of 2021.

The average price per vehicle for December 2021 was $39,644, compared to $339,507 for December 2020. The average price per vehicle for all of 2021 was $54,861, up 41 percent from $38,894 for all of 2020.



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ABC Companies Promotes Fleet Diversification At UMA Expo With New Show Floor Demos

ABC Companies, a leading provider of motorcoach, transit, shuttle, and electric passenger transport vehicles in the USA and Canada, promoted fleet diversification at UMA Expo 2022.

Joining the company’s flagship Van Hool CX45 model, a new Turtle Top shuttle option, the Terra Transit medium duty shuttle bus, was featured on the show floor.

“We are attuned to the changing demands of passenger transport and operator needs, especially in the current environment,” said Roman Cornell, ABC president and CCO.

“We think that versatility is today’s game changer, and we’ve added new OEM categories, like mini buses and more to the ABC portfolio to help owners be proactive in diversifying their business model.

“Knowing the needs of our customers, means we focused on adding brands like Turtle Top and others, who provide superior products and support in their categories. Whether they need a full-size coach, smaller coach model, transit vehicles or shuttle cutaways, we’re ready to help them make any size passenger move,” said Cornell.

According to a press release, fleet diversification is key to ABC’s growth strategy, and the company’s current lineup reflects its commitment to mixed fleet utilization. With passenger configurations for 12-81 passengers, ABC’s well-rounded offering from OEM category leaders offers choices that support large group moves, provide alternatives for smaller groups and address emerging trends for micro-transit and alternative mobility.

“We’re seeing a lot of creativity in how operators are running their fleets today,” said Cornell. “We’ve positioned our portfolio, and moreover, our entire platform of support services to help them be flexible and thrive. Through our expanded services, a broader equipment offering and decades of expertise, we can help owners capitalize on the changing face of ground transportation.”

Versatile, Reliable Full-Size Van Hool CX 45 & Market Leading Turtle Top Shuttle On View

The 2022 Van Hool CX45 on exhibit featured driver and passenger amenities that make this model a proven market leader including:

- Soft touch and textured finishes throughout driver area and passenger cabin;
- Modular passenger entry w/downlit accent lighting and brushed metal finishes;
- Low profile parcel rack end cap design;
- Maximized footprint side entry restroom w/inset design elements and frosted window;
- Roomy drivers’ area featuring inlaid driver’s dash cubby; Anti-skid dash board material;
- Integrated low profile ELD mounting point; cup holders, 12V outlet and USB;
- Digital dash integrating high visibility driver alerts; output for speed, tach, pressure, temp readings and much more, plus a touchscreen entertainment system featuring HDMI-E A/V and Bluetooth connectivity.

New For 2022: IMMI V4S Smartwheel Tritouch Steering Wheel

- Bringing dashboard controls to the driver’s fingertips, the V4S Smartwheel adds a new level of functionality via integrated center control pod; 27-function driver facing buttons and four 2-sided paddles; customer-specific graphics; and, LIN-based to work with CAN-based vehicles.


The Turtle Top Terra Transit Shuttle is an economical option for a wide range of customer applications.This straight sidewall version of the Turtle Top Odyssey maintains the same safety standards that Turtle Top incorporates in all models and offers.

The Turtle Top Terra Transit Shuttle is an economical option for a wide range of customer applications.

“This straight sidewall version of the Turtle Top Odyssey maintains the same safety standards that Turtle Top incorporates in all models and offers:
- Available on Ford or Chevy chassis;
- 29” or 36” front door entry;
- Large A-pillar window;
- Available in flat and lowered floor;
- Flexible seating options up to 34 passengers;
- Variety of floor plans integrating storage, seating preference,
and wheelchair accessibility (front or rear lift location); and,
- Quality construction and full roll cage with a 5-year warranty including 5-sided steel roll cage w/rust inhibitor, high-gloss, 1-piece composite exterior, and side panels w/UV protection.

“With each new market introduction from diesel to EV models, ABC’s parity with shifting customer needs is helping to shape the future of ground transportation. Options that support a wider array of service applications, help operators expand service routes, extend their market footprint, serve more segments of private and public passengers are available, and are supported by a parts and service network that spans the U.S. and Canada," according to the company.

“24/7 customer care and technical support, as well as warranty care and technician training, are readily available to keep fleets moving. ABC also offers a variety of financing options to fleet operators.”

For more information, call 800-222-2875 or visit abc-companies.com.


Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA) Named Texas’ Outstanding Metropolitan Transit System


Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA) was recently named Texas’ Outstanding Metropolitan Transit System by the Texas Transportation Association (TTA).

The award was presented to CEO Jorge G. Cruz-Aedo at the joint SWTA/TTA conference held in Austin, TX, February 23. The event was attended by more than 750 transit leaders and professionals from throughout the region. This is the CCRTA’s first time receiving the award.

The Outstanding Metropolitan Transit System award recognizes a metro transit system in the state that has successfully demonstrated innovation, planning, and safety procedures within the transportation industry. Last year’s award recipient was Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).

In addition, Cruz-Aedo received a special achievement award from the TTA for his outstanding leadership in the public transportation industry, especially throughout the pandemic.

“I am humbled by the recognition that CCRTA has received for its efforts in providing essential transportation to our community. I am grateful for the guidance of the CCRTA board of directors, and the work that our selfless employees provide every day,” he said.


Prevost Expands Brand Promise


At the recent United Motorcoach Association Expo in Long Beach, CA,
Prevost announced an expansion on its brand promise with "The Ultimate Ride,"
"The Ultimate Pride," and "The Ultimate Peace of Mind."

“During the recent United Motorcoach Association Expo in Long Beach, CA, in conjunction with the relaunch of its prevostcar.com website, Prevost announced an expansion on its brand promise, and reaffirmed its dedication to providing customers with top-of-the-line coaches, backed by service and support to help customers’ businesses thrive,” according to a press release.

The Ultimate Experience is the long-standing commitment Prevost makes to every single customer buying pre-owned coaches, or operators running large-scale fleets across North America. Delivering on that brand promise is what drives the Prevost team day in and day out, and it rests on three pillars: providing The Ultimate Ride, The Ultimate Pride, and The Ultimate Peace of Mind,” according to a press release.

“To me, The Ultimate Ride, Pride, and Peace of Mind means providing our customers with the best quality and most premium product on the market to fuel pride of ownership,” said François Tremblay, president of Prevost. “But, it is also about the peace of mind that comes from delivering the best possible service experience and getting coaches back on the road quickly. It’s all about uptime and making customers feel special.

The Ultimate Ride refers to the products and services on which customers depend. Prevost has built an enviable reputation as an industry leader, delivering proven performance, reliability, and durability at every turn. Combined with the company’s innovative approach and user consideration, operators, drivers, and passengers alike get to enjoy the safest and most comfortable coaches on the road today.

The Ultimate Pride is all about the intangibles — that feeling of riding like a rock star and getting the VIP treatment, thanks to the most premium and recognized brand in the industry. Customers know that the most knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated team is by their side, no matter what.

The Ultimate Peace of Mind focuses on taking the worry out of coach ownership and protecting customers’ investments and bottom line. Prevost provides vehicles designed with specific industry needs in mind, and is there 24/7 with the largest service network and unparalleled aftermarket support. It builds the lowest total cost of ownership and top resale value into every one of its coaches. And that gives operators the freedom to focus on what they do best.”

For more information, visit prevostcar.com.


SORTA To Receive $10.1 Million FTA Grant Toward Modernizing And Greening Fleet

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), Cincinnati, OH, announced the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will award the agency $10.1 million in grant funds toward modernizing and greening the Metro and Access fleets of transit and paratransit vehicles.

“One of the ways we’re reinventing Metro is by modernizing our fleet to include low-to-no emission vehicles that lessen our reliance on traditional diesel fuel,” said SORTA CEO/General Manager Darryl Haley. “Federal funds like these are critical in driving that mission and expanding reliable and sustainable public transportation throughout our community.”

The grant comes from the FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Grant program for aging transit vehicles and infrastructure, and will provide Metro necessary funds to purchase new buses powered by electricity or biofuel.

According to Metro, over the last three years, Metro has worked aggressively to modernize its fleet by replacing aging buses. Since 2019, it has added 94 new buses with new amenities like charging ports, free Wi-Fi and video safety monitors. This grant will help extend those modernization efforts by allowing the introduction of more fuel-efficiency into the fleet, while at the same time, reducing the number of buses in circulation past their useful life.


Complete Coach Works’ Oregon Procurement Contract Equips Yamhill County Transit’s Fleet With Reconditioned Bus

“Complete Coach Works (CCW) has partnered with local governments in Oregon and Washington to enhance their transit operations. Utilizing Oregon and Washington’s statewide contracts, transit agencies are able to add safe and affordable remanufactured buses to their fleets,” according to a press release.

“Yamhill County Transit (YCT) was the first agency to purchase a bus through CCW’s Oregon procurement contract. The McMinnville, OR, transit system’s latest order for a remanufactured 2003 30-foot Gillig low-floor transit bus follows three, 30-foot and two, 35-foot remanufactured Gillig buses purchased through the Oregon statewide contract in 2020. YCT is adding this full-size, two-door Gillig transit bus for increased passenger capacity and easier, more convenient passenger boarding.

“YCT has spent the last five years making improvements to our fleet. The new Gillig buses are a great addition. It is our first experience with rehabbed buses, and we are pleased we made the decision to work with CCW. The bus procurement process went smoothly. The CCW staff were great to work with and their technicians resolved issues quickly. We look forward to a long working relationship with CCW,” Cynthia Thompson, YCT’s transit manager, said.

The bus selected by YCT will be remanufactured to the agency’s specifications at CCW’s headquarters and plant in Riverside, CA. The bus will include a new driver seat and flooring, interior and exterior LED lighting, and an ADA-compliant wheelchair ramp. CCW will also install a 2007 Cummins Recon clean-diesel ISL engine and rebuilt Allison B400R transmission, as well as providing YCT decal branding on the bus.

Founded in 2012, YCT operates local bus routes in the cities of McMinnville and Newberg, as well as commuter bus routes to Hillsboro and Tigard in the Portland metropolitan area, and reached its 2 million rider mark in 2019. YCT reinstated all service routes in November, and is experiencing ridership return to pre-pandemic levels.

“CCW is honored to be an authorized vendor on both the Oregon and Washington statewide contracts and we are especially pleased to have Yamhill be among the first to mark this milestone with us,” said Jim Paul, CCW’s regional sales manager. “CCW takes pride in offering just-in-time deliveries, and statewide contracts that drastically shorten the solicitation bid process as agencies can order what they need in an expedited timeframe.”

Complete Coach Works (CCW), headquartered in Riverside, CA, is the largest bus remanufacturing and rehabilitation company in the United States, with over 34 years in the transportation industry.

For more information, contact Brad Carson at (800) 287-7253 or e-mail bradley@completecoach.com.


Promotions At Trans Air


Daryl Kyle,
national sales manager

Austin Lehnert, northeast field sales representative

David Harden,
sales/management

Trans Air is pleased to announce the following organizational changes:

Daryl Kyle has been promoted from his position as Northeast field sales representative to national sales manager.

"Kyle began his career with Trans Air in production. He gained increasing levels of responsibility and product knowledge during that timeframe. Subsequently, he transitioned into sales and did an exemplary job,” according to the company. His new responsibilities entail management of the field sales team.

Austin Lehnert has been promoted from his current position as marketing specialist to northeast field sales representative.

"Lehnert started his career with Trans Air as summer help during college. He circulated throughout the organization, from the assembly line to the customer service department, finally coming on board after graduation as marketing specialist. He expressed an interest and exhibits aptitudes in sales, and he has been working with Daryl learning the requirements of that position. He will fill in behind Daryl as northeast sales representative."

David Harden transitioned from a full-time field sales representative position based in Utah.

"The intent was to be semi-retired, help with sales management duties, and cover his current state of residence Florida. His transition was postponed however, as David kindly offered his assistance in managing the general COVID-related challenges, as well as managing key electric vehicle business. Harden will manage Florida and selected key accounts in the Southeast, as well as other special projects."

For more information, visit transairmfg.com.


 






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