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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 2022 indicated vehicle imports were down in four categories outlined, compared to March 2021. For the first three months of 2022, vehicles imports were up in four categories, compared to the first three months of 2021.

IMPORTS

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The United States imported 81 vehicles in March 2022, down 33 percent from 121 vehicles for March 2021. For the first three months of 2022, the United States imported 251 vehicles, down 27 percent from 345 vehicles for the first three months of 2021.

Canada sent 177 vehicles to the United States during the first three months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for March 2022 was $327,439, up 18 percent from $276,857 for March 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first three months of 2022 was $318,556, up 1 percent from $314,364 for the first three months of 2021.

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The United States received two vehicles in March 2022, down 33 percent from three vehicles during March 2021. For the first three months of 2022, the United States imported six vehicles, the same as for the first three months of 2021.

The United States imported four vehicles from Canada, during the first three months of 2022.

The average price for March 2022 was $360,870, compared to $78,231 for March 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first three months of 2022 was $249,338, up 57 percent from $159,296 for the first three months of 2021.

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The United States imported 40 vehicles during March 2022, compared to no vehicles for March 2021. During the first three months of 2022, 52 vehicles were imported, compared to two vehicles for the first three months of 2021.

All of the vehicles were imported from Canada during the first three months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for March 2022 was $305,325. The average price for the first three months of 2022 was $306,772, down 39 percent from $504,366 for the first three months of 2021.

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The United States imported one vehicle from Turkey in this category during the first three months of 2022, at a price of $78,423, compared to no vehicles during the first three months of 2021.

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The United States imported no vehicles in this category during the first three months of 2022 and 2021.

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The United States imported six vehicles during March 2022, up 100 percent from three vehicles for March 2021. During the first three months of 2022, 133 vehicles were received, up from 35 vehicles for the first three months of 2021.

China shipped 105 vehicles during the first three months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for March 2022 was $349,740, up 5 percent from $331,708 for March 2021. The average price for the first three months of 2022 was $64,627, down 74 percent from $244,124 for the first three months of 2021.

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The United States imported eight vehicles during March 2022, compared to none for March 2021. During the first three months of 2022, 31 vehicles were imported, up 72 percent from 18 vehicles for the first three months of 2021.

China sent all of the vehicles during the first three months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for March 2022 was $6,292. The average price for the first three months of 2022 was $8,615, down 15 percent from $10,132 for the first three months of 2021.

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The United States imported 35 vehicles during March 2022, down 69 percent from 113 vehicles for March 2021. During the first three months of 2022, 126 vehicles were received, down 61 percent from 327 vehicles for the first three months of 2021.

Canada sent all of the vehicles to the United States during the first three months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for March 2022 was $70,458, down 34 percent from $107,497 for March 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first three months of 2022 was $93,487, down 34 percent from $140,848 for the first three months of 2021.

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The United States imported 24 vehicles during March 2022, down 71 percent from 84 vehicles for March 2021. During the first three months of 2022, 99 vehicles were received, down 33 percent from 148 vehicles for the first three months of 2021.

Canada sent 94 vehicles to the United States during the first three months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for March 2022 was $42,764, up 13 percent from $37,747 for March 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first three months of 2022 was $39,555, up 2 percent from $38,967 for the first three months of 2021.

EXPORTS

Export totals for March 2022 were up in two categories, compared to March 2021. Two categories also reported increases for the first three months of 2022, compared to the first three months of 2021.

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The United States exported 552 vehicles during March 2022, up 26 percent from 439 vehicles for March 2021. During the first three months of 2022, 1,516 vehicles were sent, up 21 percent from 1,255 vehicles for the first three months of 2021.

Mexico received 727 vehicles during the first three months of 2022, while Canada imported 548 vehicles.

The average price per vehicle for March 2022 was $35,697, down 26 percent from $48,480 for March 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first three months of 2022 was $36,603, down 28 percent from $50,748 for the first three months of 2021.

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The United States shipped 24 vehicles in March 2022, down 80 percent from 121 vehicles for March 2021. During the first three months of 2022, 124 vehicles were exported, down 51 percent from 255 vehicles for the first three months of 2021.

Canada received 101 vehicles during the first three months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for March 2022 was $36,264, down 5 percent from $38,296 for March 2021. The average price for the first three months of 2022 was $65,028, up from $21,397 for the first three months of 2021.

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The United States exported 189 vehicles in March 2022, compared to 37 for March 2021. During the first three months of 2022, 225 vehicles were sent, up 118 percent from 103 vehicles for the first three months of 2021.

The Dominican Republic received 170 vehicles during the first three months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for March 2022 was $23,601, down 21 percent from $29,860 for March 2021. The average price for the first three months of 2022 was $23,652, down less than 1 percent from $23,760 for the first three months of 2021.

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The United States shipped 42 vehicles in March 2022, down 72 percent from 149 vehicles for March 2021. During the first three months of 2022, 56 vehicles were exported, down from 253 vehicles for the first three months of 2021.

Canada received 49 vehicles during the first three months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for March 2022 was $27,356, down 46 percent from $50,227 for March 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first three months of 2022 was $27,900, down 43 percent from $49,150 for the first three months of 2021.



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Lewis Coaches Adds First Prevost To Fleet


New Orleans-based Lewis Coaches, Inc. recently took delivery of its first Prevost coach, a new H3-45 to complement its fleet of nine coaches. The family owned and operated company has been fully committed to providing outstanding charter service with an emphasis on safety since its foundation in 1960.

According to Prevost, Lewis Coaches had been looking to grow its fleet to better serve its clientele, and a shift in the market provided Prevost with an opportunity to support.

As director of operations Braden J. Lewis explained, “We have liked the simple, yet elegant design of Prevost motorcoaches for years. We felt that now, more than ever, it was time to do something different. After we learned that our preferred engine would no longer be offered in motorcoaches, Prevost came in and had our local diesel shop certified to work on the Volvo engine in their product. With many shops choosing not to work on motorcoaches, Prevost making sure we had serviceability in our region made the switch a no-brainer.”

Prevost said it shares Lewis Coaches’ longstanding focus on safety and providing a world-class passenger experience, so Prevost regional sales manager, Trey Hertel, worked diligently on a win-win solution that would highlight the benefits of choosing Prevost over the long term. With features including Cloud One seating, 360-degree cameras, and panoramic lighting, the H3-45 was a good fit for the Lewis Coaches’ fleet. The availability of local service to keep the coach on the road for years to come clinched the deal.

“We have had a long relationship with Lewis Coaches through the South Central Motorcoach Association, and we know how important local service is to them. They have continued to grow in their market, and we wanted to be a part of that growth,” said Hertel. “Building a new relationship with a local service facility makes things easier for Lewis Coaches, and it benefits other Prevost customers in the area.”

“A dependable charter service provider since 1980, Lewis Coaches has expanded from the school bus service Earl Lewis Sr. founded 20 years prior. The current leadership team now represents the second, third, and fourth generations of Lewises to run the company. Family is a value that runs deep throughout the company. In fact, all nine coaches are named in honor of current president Harold Lewis Sr.’s grandchildren: the new H3-45 is now known as Princess Arabella, or Bella for short,” said a Prevost release.

“We’ve had Bella for about three months now, and we love the attention she gets from our drivers, customers, and friends on social media. We love the Cloud One seating, great luggage space, and the commanding stance the coach emits. We are excited about this new coach and cannot wait to see what the future holds with Lewis Coaches Inc. and Prevost," Lewis said.

Today, Prevost is one of North America’s largest producers of premium intercity touring coaches and high-end motor home and specialty conversion coaches. For more information, visit www.volvogroup.com.


Hometown Manufacturing, Inc. Collaborates With BAE Systems



“A greener tomorrow is a fundamental facet of the Hometown Manufacturing process, start to finish. We strive to design our vehicles to be adaptable for different fuel options as technologies advance and change. Our vehicles have evolved through the years as we enable the future of mobility with innovative and sustainable solutions, making a significant impact on emissions and our environment. We are collaborating with BAE Systems to offer its electric drivetrain and accessory power management systems,” according to a Hometown release.

“We are excited to pair this system with our long-standing jewel of the transit world — the Streetcar. Our new Urban bus will be offered straight away with a full electric option,” Kristina Pence-Dunow, CEO and president of Hometown Manufacturing, Inc. stated. “Hometown’s future is looking green.

“Hometown Manufacturing, Inc. builds each product with integrity, and it was important to work with a company that holds the same high standards in quality and reputation. BAE Systems has more than 25 years of experience developing and fielding electric propulsion and accessory power systems for transit buses. Developing innovative technologies is an integral part of the company’s work and with its expertise in power management and efficient propulsion, BAE Systems is helping Hometown advance transit vehicle mobility with sustainable, high-performance electric solutions.”


Irizar Now In The Portugal Tourism Sector

Forty-three vehicles for urban transport in the Guimaraes municipality, forty-eight intercity units for the Lisbon metropolitan area and fifteen Irizar i6 units for the Madeira region, among others, from Irizar are now in the Portuguese market.

In 2021, Irizar provided all the new vehicles, more than 16 tons, for urban transport for the Guimaraes municipality. There were 26 Low Entry vehicles on MAN chassis and another seventeen 100 percent electric Irizar vehicles that will be completed with another four units in 2022. Irizar said it has been able to close significant deals in segments where it hadn't traditionally had penetration.

Additionally, a double operation with 48 intercity type vehicles has been closed for the Lisbon metropolitan area consisting of twenty-three 14-metre Irizar i4H vehicles and 25 i4H units with CNG technology and MAN chassis. The latter gas units have stop request buttons with Braille for the first time on this kind of vehicle.

Irizar has also recently closed several operations for companies that operate for Flixbus and Rede Expressos.

According to the company, “One hundred km from the Portuguese capital, Irizar is the undisputed leader in the tourism and intercity segments in the Madeira region, with a presence in all the large companies on the island. In 2021, its position in the market was strengthened by closing an operation for 15 Irizar i6 model vehicles for the Horarios de Funchal state-owned company that operates the urban transport services for the city. Those units were a major challenge, because the vehicles were adapted to meet the demanding conditions of the island and the unique requirements of the project. The vehicles have also been equipped with PRM lifts.”


Walter Moore Joins Stertil-Koni As Marketing Manager

Stertil-Koni has named Walter Moore marketing manager. He is based in the company’s North American headquarters located in Stevensville, MD.

According to the company, “In his new post, Walter brings more than seven years of top marketing experience to Stertil-Koni, including a focus in content creation, digital media, drone photography, graphic design and social media. Most recently, he worked for a society of accounting and tax professionals as its marketing expert."

Paul Feldman, director of marketing at Stertil-Koni said, “Walter is an industry pro who brings a deep marketing skill set and a laser-focus on customer service to our company. We are delighted to welcome him to the Stertil-Koni team.”

Moore is a Maryland native who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and is also a DeMatha graduate. He resides in Bowie, MD, and enjoys his weekends in Ocean City, MD, especially on the water where he loves to fish.

For infomation, visit, stertil-koni.com.


Busworld Turkey 2022 Receives Positive Response

The ninth Busworld Turkey, organized by Busworld and its Turkish partner, HKF Trade Fairs, was held May 26-28, at the Istanbul Expo Center. It was Busworld’s first post-COVID edition.

“The ‘new normal’ turned out to be a very successful new start for exhibitions in general, and Busworld Turkey specifically,” according to a Busworld Turkey press release. “In comparison to the previous edition in March 2020, right before the pandemic, the 2022 show was both bigger in size as well as in exhibitor and visitor numbers.”

The 2022 event welcomed 11,043 attendees, with 10,252 Turkish visitors and 791 people coming from abroad.

“After two long years, we are finally back in the field, right where we belong,” Busworld International General Manager Vincent Dewaele said. “It was extremely rewarding to experience the reactions of all participants, seeing how delighted they were to meet in person again. Trade shows are clearly coming back, stronger than ever before.”

According to Busworld Turkey, 183 exhibitors participated in the 2022 event, a growth of 43 percent from 2020. Two halls (12.500 sqm) featured vehicles presented by Turkish bus and coach builders Mapar (showing a range of Temsa vehicles), Anadolu Isuzu, Karsan, Otokar, BMC, Güleryüz, Ilesbus, Bur-Can, Buskar, Erener, Erduman, Eşref Karoser, Gürsözler and Harputlu. For the first time, Busworld Turkey also welcomed Iveco Bus for the relaunch of its brand in Turkey after 15 years.

“Although some diesel buses could still be seen in the booths, the shift toward electric buses was very obvious,” according to the press release.


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