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

IMPORTS

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The United States imported 82 vehicles in April 2022, down 10 percent from 91 vehicles for April 2021. For the first four months of 2022, the United States imported 333 vehicles, down 24 percent from 436 vehicles for the first four months of 2021.

Canada sent 245 vehicles to the United States during the first four months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for April 2022 was $340,499, up 8 percent from $314,084 for April 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first four months of 2022 was $323,959, up 3 percent from $314,306 for the first four months of 2021.

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The United States received one vehicle in April 2022, down 50 percent from two vehicles during April 2021. For the first four months of 2022, the United States imported seven vehicles, down 13 percent from eight vehicles for the first four months of 2021.

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

The price of the one vehicle for April 2022 was $300,150, down 9 percent from $328,730 for April 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first four months of 2022 was $256,596, up 27 percent from $201,655 for the first four months of 2021.

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The United States imported 50 vehicles during April 2022, compared to four vehicles for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 102 vehicles were imported, compared to six vehicles for the first four months of 2021.

Canada sent 101 vehicles during the first four months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for April 2022 was $248,756, down 34 percent from $376,739 for April 2021. The average price for the first four months of 2022 was $278,333, down 34 percent from $419,281 for the first four months of 2021.

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The United States imported six vehicles in April 2022, compared to no vehicles during April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, the United States imported seven vehicles, compared to no vehicles for the first four months of 2021.

Canada sent six vehicles for the first four months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for April 2022 was $152,720. The average price per vehicle for the first four months of 2022 was $142,106.

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The United States imported no vehicles in this category during the first four months of 2021. One vehicle was received from the United Kingdom during the first four months of 2022, at a price of $44,601.

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The United States imported 15 vehicles during April 2022, down 17 percent from 18 vehicles for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 148 vehicles were received, up from 53 vehicles for the first four months of 2021.

China shipped 109 vehicles during the first four months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for April 2022 was $245,168, up 33 percent from $184,605 for April 2021. The average price for the first four months of 2022 was $82,925, down 61 percent from $210,702 for the first four months of 2021.

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The United States imported 10 vehicles during April 2022, up 43 percent from seven vehicles for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 41 vehicles were imported, up 64 percent from 25 vehicles for the first four months of 2021.

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

The average price per vehicle for April 2022 was $6,548, down 26 percent from $8,888 for April 2021. The average price for the first four months of 2022 was $8,111, down 17 percent from $9,784 for the first four months of 2021.

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The United States imported 85 vehicles during April 2022, down 4 percent from 89 vehicles for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 211 vehicles were received, down 49 percent from 416 vehicles for the first four months of 2021.

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

The average price per vehicle for April 2022 was $63,209, down 54 percent from $138,659 for April 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first four months of 2022 was $81,290, down 42 percent from $140,379 for the first four months of 2021.

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The United States imported 50 vehicles during April 2022, down 54 percent from 109 vehicles for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 149 vehicles were received, down 42 percent from 257 vehicles for the first four months of 2021.

Canada sent 141 vehicles to the United States during the first four months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for April 2022 was $41,921, up 19 percent from $35,182 for April 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first four months of 2022 was $40,349, up 8 percent from $37,362 for the first four months of 2021.

EXPORTS

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

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The United States exported 574 vehicles during April 2022, up 39 percent from 412 vehicles for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 2,090 vehicles were sent, up 25 percent from 1,667 vehicles for the first four months of 2021.

Mexico received 1,089 vehicles during the first four months of 2022, while Canada imported 664 vehicles.

The average price per vehicle for April 2022 was $22,345, down 30 percent from $32,082 for April 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first four months of 2022 was $32,687, down 29 percent from $46,135 for the first four months of 2021.

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The United States shipped 36 vehicles in April 2022, down 31 percent from 52 vehicles for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 160 vehicles were exported, down 48 percent from 307 vehicles for the first four months of 2021.

Canada received 133 vehicles during the first four months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for April 2022 was $66,928, up 105 percent from $32,634 for April 2021. The average price for the first four months of 2022 was $65,456, up from $23,300 for the first four months of 2021.

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The United States exported 98 vehicles in April 2022, up 104 percent from 48 for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 323 vehicles were sent, up 114 percent from 151 vehicles for the first four months of 2021.

The Dominican Republic received 248 vehicles during the first four months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for April 2022 was $22,485, down 3 percent from $23,182 for April 2021. The average price for the first four months of 2022 was $23,298, down 1 percent from $23,576 for the first four months of 2021.

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The United States shipped 112 vehicles in April 2022, up 96 percent from 57 vehicles for April 2021. During the first four months of 2022, 168 vehicles were exported, down 46 percent from 310 vehicles for the first four months of 2021.

Canada received 159 vehicles during the first four months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for April 2022 was $28,175, down 33 percent from $42,238 for April 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first four months of 2022 was $28,084, down 41 percent from $47,879 for the first four months of 2021.



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For ABC Companies
Growth Into New Markets Continues
ABC Companies Adds George Altevogt To The Team

“ABC Companies has continued growth into new markets providing both private and public customers a greater range of vehicle options, while leveraging its strength in after sales support and customer up-time. The entry into vans, cutaway shuttles and low floor transit vehicle sales was led by Roman Cornell, president and CCO at ABC Companies, resulting in the launch of SVT (Specialty Vehicles and Technologies) within ABC Companies. This group was formed to address the growing trends in micro transit, mobility as a service and right-sizing of fleets,” according to a press release.

“As ABC was already involved in servicing and supplying parts and support for many of these vehicle segments, adding these vehicles into the product portfolio was the next logical step,” said Cornell.

ABC Companies is rapidly growing sales in cutaway shuttle, van and transit low floor products as it has added a number of distribution agreements with well-known manufacturers including Turtle Top, Vicinity Motor Corp., Coach & Equipment, and many others.

“Now that we have brought onboard a number of manufacturers, along with a dedicated sales team, our next step was to create a position that oversees this group's growth,” said Cornell. “We are very excited to have George Altevogt join ABC and lead the efforts of this new team, which includes many seasoned veterans of these markets.”

Altevogt will report directly to Cornell in his role as vice president ABC Companies, SVT group. He will oversee the distributor agreements, sales activities and ongoing customer support for these product lines including expansion into new markets and customer bases.

According to ABC, “A seasoned professional in the development of new business and sales growth in the private and public sectors, Altevogt has spent the bulk of his career in the wheelchair accessible minivan/van and cutaway shuttle bus markets.”

“I am excited to be joining an organization that has built its reputation on over 50 years of customer support. The resources and make it happen culture that ABC brings, coupled with a comprehensive product portfolio is truly unique,” said Altevogt. "My team and I look forward to bringing solutions for today’s evolving market needs, while ensuring customer service remains at the high standards ABC Companies’ customers expect and deserve.”

ABC Companies is a provider to the passenger transportation industry with diverse product and service offerings including new and pre-owned full-size highway coach equipment along with transit and specialty vehicles including battery electric vehicles. ABC supports customers with a comprehensive after sale service network for service and repairs, collision services, extensive OEM and quality aftermarket parts needs for transit, motorcoach, and heavy-duty equipment from 10 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

For more information, contact ABC Companies at 800-222-2875 or visit www.abc-companies.com.


IndyGo Officials Announce Microtransit Partnership On Far East Side Of Indianapolis

United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) announces Driven 2 Success, an initiative targeting the transportation needs of residents on Indy’s far east side. Pathway Resource Center has spearheaded the initiative in collaboration with IndyGo, with significant grant support from UWCI’s Social Innovation Fund.

Under the project plan, far east side residents will be able to schedule on-demand round trips for $2 to access job training, supportive services, childcare, health and food access, substance abuse treatment and counseling, behavioral health services and employment. IndyGo is providing compact buses that will be driven by fully trained operators. UWCI’s Social Innovation Fund grant dollars will be used to underwrite rider fares.

“Opportunity — for health, housing, employment, you name it — isn’t a true opportunity if you can’t get to it,” said Councillor Jackson, who also directs Pathway. “For so many people in this community, lack of reliable transportation has meant lack of access to opportunities to build a better life. We’re stepping into that gap.”

Inez Evans, IndyGo president and CEO, said, “IndyGo recognizes the tremendous importance of filling in the gaps in transportation, providing more options for the city’s most vulnerable population. We’re excited to partner with Pathway Resource Center, the UWCI and Councillor Jackson to launch Driven 2 Success. We know this service will reduce barriers to mobility, connect users to existing transit services and build a bridge to work, medical appointments, school, training and grocery shopping for residents living on the city’s far east side.”

“For just $2, far east side residents will have the option to book a personalized, on-demand ride to any essential destination, including trips for food, health care, education or employment,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Driven 2 Success will help meet gaps in current transit coverage, while keeping costs and empty seats to a minimum.”


MCI Names Private Market Regional Vice Presidents

Allen Keith

Allen Keith has joined MCI as private market regional vice president for new and pre-owned coach sales in the Northeast region.

Based in Manchester, CT, Keith is responsible for new coach and pre-owned coach sales to private operators in the Northeast region, including Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

“Allen brings a wealth of sales experience to MCI, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our team. Allen's record of accomplishments, both corporate and personal, demonstrates his commitment to building strong relationships and customer loyalty,” said Patricia Ziska, vice president, private market sales, MCI. “Allen will be an exceptional leader in the Northeast region, helping our private coach customers expand and update their fleets with MCI’s industry-leading products."

Keith brings 13 years of sales management experience to the MCI sales team, and joins the company following six years as regional parts manager with NFI Parts™ — another NFI subsidiary.

“During his career, Allen has excelled in developing new markets, establishing productive partnerships with coach fleet operators, and helping customers navigate challenges presented by the pandemic through effective management of parts procurement and introduction of new products."

MCI's battery-electric J4500 CHARGE™ and D45 CRT LE CHARGE™ coach models are part of NFI's comprehensive zero-emission mobility offering. NFI offers zero-emission mobility, with electric vehicles operating (or on order) in more than 80 cities in six countries.

Brian Hill

Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., has announced Brian Hill has rejoined the organization as MCI private sector regional vice president, new and pre-owned coach sales, Midwest region.

With over 20 years of experience on the MCI sales team, and based in Des Plaines, IL, Brian will be responsible for new and pre-owned coach sales to private operators in the Midwest region, including Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

"We are pleased to welcome Brian back to our team as he succeeds the retired Richard DeYoung,” said Patricia Ziska, vice president of Private Sector Sales, MCI. “Brian’s track record demonstrates extensive expertise in the motorcoach industry, as does his unparalleled commitment to building long-lasting relationships. Leveraging this experience, Brian will lead our Midwest private sector coach sales and support customer needs across an expanding and market-leading product range.”

Prior to rejoining MCI, Brian’s responsibilities spanned sales, customer management, support team leadership, and strategic planning. A four-time MCI sales award winner, his many accomplishments include expanding MCI’s pre-owned footprint in the Southeast market, and establishing long-standing partnerships with key operators across the region.

For more information, visit mcicoach.com.


Irizar i6s Premium For The Kuwait Fire Force Features Unique Seating Layout With Meeting Room At Rear

“The Kuwait Fire Force will have a completely personalised Irizar i6s for its Ministry of the Interior, and high ranking officials, who will use the vehicle on special occasions like national and international events. The 12.2 meter coach with a Mercedes chassis has been specially designed with unique decoration and seat layout that is adapted to the needs of the Kuwait Fire Force and provides maximum comfort for users,” according to the company.

Other features include:
• Wood furniture with Corian countertops;
• A galley with an additional refrigerator and coffee maker;
• A recessed lavatory;
• USB ports for all the seats;
• Several 220V universal outlets;
• Foot rests on some seats;
• Extra-tinted windows; and,
• A maximum capacity air conditioning system for temperatures above 50º C, in addition to an eCo3 air purification system for eliminating virus and bacteria.
The configuration of the back of the vehicle is designed as a meeting room with a space that has seven seats and a central table to meet all the client's special needs.

Contact Irizar at irizar.com.


Anaheim Transportation Network Awarded $300,000 Public Transit Grant

The Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN) has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to understand mobility and access challenges faced by residents in three census tracts in Anaheim, CA. ATN will partner with the FTA and local agencies to identify potential solutions that will reduce barriers to public transportation and increase equity.

“Public transportation plays an essential role for families throughout central Orange County. Whether it is an employee going to work, a student getting to school, or a visitor exploring regional attractions; safe, equitable and reliable public transportation is a fundamental component to any thriving neighborhood and community,” said Diana Kotler, ATN's executive director.

ATN will work cooperatively with residents and community-based organizations to identify potential transit and access solutions, which may include neighborhood based zero-emission microtransit, on-demand service from employment hubs, installation of high-visibility crosswalks or signage and may also incorporate car-share or bike-share programs and/or shifts in traditional transit services. The study will include an implementation strategy and potential financing plans.


Coach Atlantic Maritime Bus Takes Delivery Of 10 Prevost H3-45 Coaches, The First Of A 50 Coach Order

Prevost customer Coach Atlantic Maritime Bus, a family owned and operated business and provider of passenger transportation in eastern Canada, recently took delivery of 10 Prevost H3-45 coaches, the first of 50 contracted for completion over the next five years. While on-site at Prevost, the Coach Atlantic Maritime Bus team toured the Prevost manufacturing facilities and met with employees to share the story of how they got into the motorcoach industry, their plans for the future, and why they chose Prevost.

“Prevost is well-regarded in the industry,” said Matthew Cassidy, Coach Atlantic Maritime Bus president, "a company with a reliable product, and a tremendous support team to keep our buses on the road."

During the meeting, Coach Atlantic Maritime Bus Owner Mike Cassidy commented on the personal and business COVID-19 stress all the stakeholders in the motorcoach industry have endured. He recounted a visit to the company’s Moncton location where he stopped to thank employees for their support and commitment through the pandemic. When Cassidy thanked the head mechanic, he countered with the comment, “Thanks for buying Prevost.”

Prevost provides end-to-end support through its team of customer support managers, OEM-owned service center locations, and mobile service vehicles strategically placed throughout North America. Emergency response is available 24/7/365 by phone with PASS — Prevost Action Services System.

Prevost President Francois Tremblay concluded the meeting by acknowledging the Cassidys as valued members of the Prevost family.

“We are very fortunate to be part of your family,” Mike Cassidy responded. “Our customers, ourselves, Prevost, Volvo, we should all feel very good with this relationship. Our industry is looking forward to rebounding this year, and into 2023.”

Prevost is part of the Volvo Group, a manufacturer of buses, trucks, construction equipment, power solutions for marine and industrial applications, financing and services that increase customer uptime and productivity. For more information, visit www.volvogroup.com.

Coach Atlantic Maritime Bus started in 2005 with 30 employees and 20 pieces of equipment and has expanded over the last 17 years to 515 employees and 275 pieces of equipment. Coach Atlantic Maritime Bus is the leader for passenger transportation services within the Maritime. This includes servicing over 80 percent of the cruise ship, multiday tour, and group charter markets, operating municipal transit service for Prince Edward Island, providing busing for 33 New Brunswick School routes and connecting 40 Maritime communities with daily scheduled Intercity Line Run Service.


 
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