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Busline News June 2019
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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 March 2019 indicated vehicle imports were up in six categories outlined, compared to March 2018. For the first three months of 2019, vehicles imports were also up in five categories, compared to the first three months of 2018.

IMPORTS

Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With Only Comp-Ign Internal Combustion Piston Engine (Diesel Or Semi-Diesel), Designed For Transport Of 16 Or More Persons, Incl

The United States imported 219 vehicles in March 2019, down 5 percent from 230 vehicles imported in March 2018. For the first three months of 2019, the United States imported 581 vehicles, down 1 percent from 585 for the first three months of 2018.

Canada sent 257 vehicles to the United States during the first three months of 2019, while Mexico exported 161 and North Macedonia shipped 131.

The average price per vehicle for March 2019 was $301,797.01, down 27 percent from the average price for March 2018 of $410,624.72. The average price per vehicle for the first three months of 2019 was $354,277.64, down 13 percent from $409,086.25 for the first three months of 2018.

Public-Transport Passenger Vehicles For Transport Of 10 Or More Persons With Only Comp-Ign Internal Combustion Piston Engine (Diesel Or Semi-Diesel), Other

The United States received 121 vehicles in March 2019, up 128 percent from 53 vehicles for March 2018. For the first three months of 2019, the United States imported 346 vehicles, up 220 percent from 108 vehicles for the first three months of 2018.

The United States imported 339 vehicles from Germany during the first three months of 2019.

The average price of the vehicles for March 2019 was $44,473.07, down 17 percent from $53,318.62 for March 2018. The average price per vehicle for the first three months of 2019 was $45,696.56, down 19 percent from $56,143.80 for the first three months of 2018.

Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With Comp-Ign Internal Combustion Piston Engine (Diesel Or Semi-Diesel), And Electric Motor Designed For Transport Of 16 Or More Persons

The United States imported 49 vehicles during March 2019, compared to no vehicles for March 2018. During the first three months of 2019, 50 vehicles were imported, compared to no vehicles for the first three months of 2018.

All the vehicles imported came from Canada.

The average price for March 2019 was $258,630.20. The average price for the first three months of 2019 was $258,612.22.

Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles For Transport Of 10 Or More Persons With Comp-Ign Internal Combustion Piston Engine (Diesel Or Semi-Diesel), And Electric

No vehicles in this category were imported during 2018 and 2019.

Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With Spark Ignition Internal Combustion Piston Engine And Electric Motor For 16 Or More Persons

No vehicles in this category were received by the United States in March 2019 or all of 2018.

The United States imported two vehicles from Canada during the first three months of 2019, at an average price of $15,200.

Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With Both Spark Ignition Internal Combustion Piston Engine and Electric Motor for 10 to 15 Persons

The United States imported no vehicles in this category during the first three months 2019, compared to one vehicle during the first three months of 2018, at a price of $10,325.

Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With Electric Motor Only, For Transport Of 16 Or More Persons Including Driver

The United States imported 91 vehicles during March 2019, compared to five vehicles for March 2018. During the first three months of 2019, 134 vehicles were received, compared to six for the first three months of 2018.

Canada shipped 122 vehicles during the first three months of 2019.

The average price per vehicle for March 2019 was $85,622.12, down 53 percent from $182,021.20 for March 2018. The average price for the first three months of 2019 was $74,005.87, down 60 percent from $186,731.67 for the first three months of 2018.

Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles, With Electric Motor Only For Propulsion, NESOI

The United States imported seven vehicles during March 2019, compared to no vehicles for March 2018. During the first three months of 2019, 22 vehicles were imported, up 144 percent from nine vehicles for the first three months of 2018.

China sent all of the vehicles during the first three months of 2019.

The average price per vehicle for March 2019 was $7,972.43. The average price per vehicle for the first three months of 2019 was $8,155.55, up 24 percent from $6,552.11 for the first three months of 2018.

Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles For 16 Or More Persons Including Driver, NESOI

The United States imported 133 vehicles during March 2019, up 45 percent from 92 for March 2018. During the first three months of 2019, 267 vehicles were received, down 6 percent from 284 for the first three months of 2018.

Canada sent 258 vehicles to the United States during the first three months of 2019.

The average price per vehicle for March 2019 was $59,472.56, down 24 percent from $77,955.74 for March 2018. The average price for the first three months of 2019 was $60,427.25, down 23 percent from $78,023.91 for the first three months of 2018.

Motor Vehicles For The Transport Of 10 To 15 Persons Including Driver, NESOI

The United States imported 128 vehicles during March 2019, up 88 percent from 68 during March 2018. During the first three months of 2019, 319 vehicles were received, down 18 percent from 391 for the first three months of 2018.

Canada sent 281 vehicles to the United States during the first three months of 2019.

The average price per vehicle for March 2019 was $44,202.25, up 4 percent from $42,661.82 for March 2018. The average price for the first three months of 2019 was $44,967.38, down 6 percent from $47,743.22 for the first three months of 2018.

EXPORTS

Export totals for March 2019 were up in two categories, compared to March 2018. For the first three months of 2019, two categories also reported increases.

Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With A Compression-Ignition Internal Combustion Piston Engine (Diesel Or Semi-Diesel) Only

The United States exported 601 vehicles during March 2019, down 12 percent from 684 vehicles exported in March 2018. During the first three months of 2019, 1,400 were sent, down 25 percent from 1,878 for the first three months of 2018.

Canada received 847 vehicles during the first three months of 2019, while Mexico imported 314.

The average price per vehicle for March 2019 was $70,023.99, down 2 percent from the average price for March 2018 of $71,321.37. The average price for the first three months of 2019 was $65,727.38, down 15 percent from $77,178.10 for the first three months of 2018.

Public-Transport Vehicles With Both Compression-Ignition Internal Combustion Piston Engine (Diesel Or Semi-Diesel) & Electric Motor

The United States shipped 462 vehicles in March 2019, compared to 14 vehicles for March 2018. During the first three months of 2019, 966 vehicles were exported, compared to 24 for the first three months of 2018.

Canada received 906 vehicles during the first three months of 2019.

The average price per vehicle for March 2019 was $28,633.18, up 94 percent from the average price for March 2018 of $14,740.21. The average price for the first three months of 2019 was $28,219.44, up 82 percent from $15,526.29 for the first three months of 2018.

Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With Both Spark Ignition Internal Combustion Piston Engine & Electric Motor

The United States exported 31 vehicles in March 2019, up 55 percent from 20 vehicles for March 2018. During the first three months of 2019, 73 vehicles were shipped, up 83 percent from 40 vehicles for the first three months of 2018.

Mexico received 31 vehicles during the first three months 2019.

The average price per vehicle for March 2019 was $39,211.97, up 23 percent from the average price for March 2018 of $31,890.95. The average price for the first three months of 2019 was $28,990.77, up 2 percent from $28,528.13 for the first three months of 2018.

Public-Transport Type Passenger Motor Vehicles With Only Electric Motor For Propulsion

The United States shipped six vehicles in March 2019, down 14 percent from seven vehicles for March 2018. During the first three months of 2019, eight vehicles were exported, down 33 percent from 12 vehicles for the first three months of 2018.

The Bahamas received five vehicles during the first three months of 2019.

The average price for March 2019 was $27,520.83, down 62 percent from $72,688 for March 2018. The average price for the first three months of 2019 was $28,191.50, down 57 percent from $65,896.58 for the first three months of 2018.




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BYD Highlights Battery Electric Technology At Roadmap 12 Mobility Conference

BYD (Build Your Dreams) participated in Roadmap 12, an annual conference on electric and smart mobility, held June 18-19 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR.

“BYD was proud to participate in this annual conference, helping over 800 participants make connections that promoted the adoption of battery electric technology, improving the environment for all,” said BYD North America President Stella Li.

BYD supported a pre-conference outing by providing one of its battery-electric C9M coaches for a tour of Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine region. The outing included the region’s Sokol Blosser Winery and Hyland Estates. The two destinations are both part of Oregon's Plug + Pinot network, a collection of 10 wineries that promote electric vehicle tourism, and have on-site charging stations.

BYD also lent its expertise to the panel discussions. Sam Jammal, BYD’s senior manager for government relations, spoke on, “Carrying the Load: Electrifying Heavy Duty Trucks.”

BYD said it is dedicated to creating a truly zero-emission ecosystem offering technology for solar electricity generation, energy storage to save that electricity and battery electric vehicles powered by that clean energy. BYD has 220,000 employees across the globe, including nearly 1,000 in North America.

For more information, visit www.BYD.com.


Jean-Phillipe Nadeau Joins MCI As Vice President Regional Sales Eastern Canada

Jean-Phillipe “JP” Nadeau has joined MCI as vice president, regional sales eastern Canada.

Nadeau is now responsible for new coach sales as well as the sale of pre-owned coaches to private and public operators in Quebec and the Maritime provinces.

He is based at the Montreal MCI Sales and Service Center and reports to Patricia Ziska, MCI vice president of new coach sales.

Nadeau joins MCI following a 10-year career in commercial bus sales where he sold both new and pre-owned school buses and mini-buses representing Thomas Buses, Lion Bus, and most recently, Macnab Transit Sales in Ingersoll, Ontario. Nadeau got his start as a Bridgestone certified automotive technician, working his way up to service advisor and customer service roles at an auto dealership before moving into commercial bus sales.

“JP’s record of accomplishment and values complements the trust and commitment our MCI sales teams offer in building customer and brand loyalty,” said Ziska. “His work selling new and pre-owned coaches will help our customers meet their precise coach needs, whether it’s the J4500, the all-new J3500 or the all-accessible MCI D45 CRT LE, featuring our patented low entry vestibule design.”

JP is bilingual in French and English, and resides in Drummondville, Quebec, located between Quebec City and Montreal.

For more information about MCI, visit www.mcicoach.com.



Pictured, left to right, are TEMSA CEO Hasan Yıldırım and
Evren Ünver, representing True Value Capital Partners
.

TEMSA Enters New Growth Phase Under Management Of True Value Capital Partners

The share transfer of TEMSA, global bus and coach manufacturer, has been finalized.

According to a press release, “TEMSA, which quickly captured nearly 10 percent share in the motorcoach industry in the U.S. market, will continue on its path while raising its export targets. With the share transfer agreement formally finalized between Sabancı Holding and Swiss-based True Value Capital Partners, TEMSA will move forward under the leadership of its new investor."

Evren Ünver, representing True Value Capital Partners, visited the TEMSA plant in Turkey following the completion of the sales transactions. During his visit, Ünver addressed TEMSA employees saying that the next era will be the start of a new growth period for TEMSA, and that the brand’s target for the North American market will be prioritized.

Speaking during the introductory meeting at the plant, TEMSA CEO Hasan Yıldırım said, “We are grateful to all of our business partners and colleagues for making TEMSA what it is today. As of today, over 1,100 TEMSA branded vehicles are on North American roads, and we aim to take the current market share in the motorcoach industry of nearly 10 percent to higher levels with TEMSA North America. We are also developing our new vehicle, TS 45 Electric, which will bring our experience in electric vehicles to North America, specifically for this market. Once this vehicle, which will be ready for serial production in 2020, hits the roads, we are confident that it will be highly appreciated and will reshape the market. Currently, TEMSA North America is established in three locations, Orlando, FL; Burlingame, CA; and, Pomona, NJ. TNA expects to open two more locations by the end of the year.

"Now it's time to create the TEMSA of tomorrow. Our new investor, True Value Capital Partners, will spearhead this journey. We can’t wait to walk hand-in-hand with our new investor on this exciting path. TEMSA is a leading international automotive brand with over half a century of experience in manufacturing coaches, buses and midibuses, and we will move forward as an even bigger and stronger company. TEMSA is among a handful of automotive companies worldwide to offer multiple electric model options. As our company contributes to the transportation of the future with smart, autonomous and electric vehicles, we will continue to shape the future of the mobility industry as well.”

There are over 15,000 TEMSA vehicles on the roads of 66 countries. One out of every three buses in Turkey is manufactured by TEMSA, according to the release. With a vehicle park of 5,000 buses and coaches in France alone, TEMSA’s presence in Europe spans markets including Germany, the UK, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Lithuania and the Benelux countries. TEMSA has confirmed its special focus on the American market by establishing a U.S.-based company. The TEMSA plant in Turkey has an annual production capacity of 11,500 vehicles including 4,000 buses, coaches, midibuses and 7,500 light trucks.

For more information, visit www.temsa.com.


Prevost Serves As Industry Sponsor At 2019 LCT Show

“Prevost was proud to be the State of the Industry Sponsor for the International Luxury Coach and Transportation Show (LCT), held recently at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The opportunity permitted Prevost to reaffirm its commitment to the limousine transportation industry,” according to a press release.

Prevost Vice President and General Manager Francois Tremblay was invited to welcome attendees during the opening session, where he spoke about the merits of owning and operating motorcoaches in the limousine business.

“Celebrating its 35th year in 2019, the LCT Show is a global event that is the largest convention in the world for the luxury charter transportation industry. Operators worldwide attended for the new-product showcases, industry overviews, educational presentations and invaluable networking opportunities.”

Tremblay said, “Prevost is very proud to support the LCT Show. This convention is filled with tremendous opportunities during which we can help limousine businesses explore the many ways motorcoaches can expand and create new business.”

Tremblay spoke about the potential of motorcoaches to attract and accommodate larger groups, specialized tours, and customers accustomed to premium-tier transport such as professional sports teams.

“Adding motorcoaches to a fleet opens doors to these larger markets,” said Tremblay. “These opportunities may include large concert venues, major sporting events, and specialized tourism and business functions.”

Tremblay emphasized the benefits for limousine operators as members of the Prevost family including, “Access to the Prevost service network in the motorcoach industry, as well as scheduled maintenance programs and service contracts that ensure consistent practices, predictable costs, and assistance at every step to keep the coaches running.”

He informed limo operators about the 16 Prevost Service Center network in strategic locations across the U.S. and Canada, with more locations coming in 2019.

Prevost exhibited the 2019 H3-45 and Volvo 9700 at this year’s event – both outfitted and equipped with components and new features to interest the limousine sector. Prevost also offered an exclusive walk-away lease program during the show.

Prevost said the Volvo 9700 is ideal for limousine service.

“As motorcoaches gain more traction in the limousine industry, Prevost is offering the Volvo 9700 Limo Edition, featuring a luxurious leather interior, sparkled, gray wood-grain flooring, and lower driver mirrors thereby sending a message to operators who may be eyeing motorcoaches. Adjustable seat tracks allow catering to customers’ comfort and personal space. Seats can be easily rearranged or removed as needed to comfortably load a specific number of passengers.

“The H3-45 model on the show floor showcased a new comfortable, custom luxury seating option. Ergonomically designed and built to maximum width, the high-end reclining seats, configured in a spacious 2+1 layout, are affixed to an adjustable slide track, and can accommodate 22 to 34 passengers. Each seat offers a standard cup holder, personal table, 110v/USB outlets, and foot rest (with optional leg supports) for comfort first-class travelers and that professional sports teams will appreciate.”

Prevost is a manufacturer of premium intercity touring coaches and produces conversion coaches for high-end motorhome and specialty conversion. It is part of the Volvo Group.

For more information, visit www.prevostcar.com.


Complete Coach Works Offers Retrofits For Wheelchair Charging Stations

Complete Coach Works (CCW) will offer retrofits to allow ADA passengers to charge their wheelchairs at each tie-down location in a bus.

“CCW is committed to serving the transportation industry with advanced technologies from the introduction of the Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) all-electric transit bus, first produced in 2012, to its newly developed HVAC system, which has successfully performed in the harshest environments,” according to a press release.

“This upgrade will be available for all types of buses. It includes an installation of plug outlets at each wheelchair tie-down station, allowing riders to plug in their cords and charge while riding the bus. The advantage of the charging station is to provide ADA riders with better accessibility, and offer them a bit more power to reach their destination.”

Brad Carson, director of sales and marketing at CCW, said, “We are relentless in pursuing innovative options for the growth of our customers. This unique retrofit will allow agencies to offer riders (who use wheelchairs or scooters) an opportunity to charge en route.”

CCW said that wheelchair charging stations will give riders the assurance needed to navigate the city freely. In addition, the charging stations will enhance wheelchair reliability and drive range, allowing users to go a further distance. This retrofit will pave the road for other agencies to notice the benefits of adding wheelchair charging stations to their buses.

“We are excited to offer our customers another option to increase ridership. ADA bus travelers will now have a sense of security and confidence to be independent in their communities,” said Carson.

“Complete Coach Works (CCW) is a U.S. bus remanufacturing and rehabilitation company with over 30 years of service in the transportation industry. It provides an experienced team of over 350 experts,” according to the company.

For more information, visit www.completecoach.com.


Continental Charters Takes Delivery Of Van Hool CX45 Premium Passenger Coach.

Continental Charters of Houston, TX, has taken delivery of its first Van Hool CX45 coach from ABC Companies. The family-owned and operated company is a premium transportation provider, offering tour and charter service for large group travel throughout Texas, to any destination nationwide and to Canada.

“ABC is very proud to collaborate with Jose Morales and his team, and we’re committed to supporting Continental’s needs over the lifetime of its Van Hool investment,” said Greg Gates, senior account manager at ABC Companies.

Gates worked with Morales to create a unique coach which features a pearl-white paint scheme on the coach exterior and chrome side mirrors to maximize curb appeal. Inside, custom Amaya GT luxury seating featuring two-tone leatherette in tan and blue, with extra-tufting creates a plush interior cabin. Modified parcel racks, magazine nets and cupholders offer convenient stowage for passengers, and offer an unobstructed view for passengers toward the front of the coach. Additionally, digital amenities include 110V charging ports at passenger seats, two 23-inch monitors and four 15-inch monitors. A rear window and woodgrain floors throughout add to the spacious, modern interior styling.

“Continental is well known in the Houston area for providing stellar service while operating well-maintained vehicles,” said Gates. “I have no doubt that adding this first new Van Hool CX45 to the fleet will help Continental to grow to the next level.”

ABC Companies is a provider to the transportation industry with product and service offerings that cover a full spectrum of operational needs including new and pre-owned full-size highway coach equipment along with transit specialty vehicles. Contact ABC Companies at 800-222-2871 or visit www.abc-companies.com.



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