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

IMPORTS

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The United States imported 138 vehicles in June 2022, up 64 percent from 84 vehicles for June 2021. For the first six months of 2022, the United States imported 598 vehicles, down 3 percent from 617 vehicles for the first six months of 2021.

Canada sent 427 vehicles to the United States during the first six months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for June 2022 was $287,070, down 6 percent from $303,938 for June 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first six months of 2022 was $316,652, up 3 percent from $308,831 for the first six months of 2021.

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The United States received one vehicle in June 2022, compared to six vehicles during June 2021. For the first six months of 2022, the United States imported 13 vehicles, down 19 percent from 16 vehicles for the first six months of 2021.

The United States imported 10 vehicles from Canada, during the first six months of 2022.

The average price for one vehicle for June 2022 was $120,033, down 23 percent from $155,055 for June 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first six months of 2022 was $239,769, up 39 percent from $172,435 for the first six months of 2021.

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The United States imported 18 vehicles during June 2022, down 22 percent from 23 vehicles for June 2021. During the first six months of 2022, 137 vehicles were imported, compared to 39 vehicles for the first six months of 2021.

Canada sent 136 vehicles during the first six months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for June 2022 was $292,639, up 19 percent from $245,824 for June 2021. The average price for the first six months of 2022 was $283,866, down 7 percent from $306,108 for the first six months of 2020.

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The United States one vehicle in June 2022, compared to no vehicles during June 2021. During the first six months of 2022, the United States imported one vehicle, compared to no vehicles for the first six months of 2021.

Canada sent the only vehicle for the first six months of 2022, at a price of $5,388.

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The United States imported no vehicles in June 2022 and June 2021. During the first six months of 2022, the United States imported 27 vehicles, compared to no vehicles for the first six months of 2021.

Canada sent 26 vehicles for the first six months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for the first six months of 2022 was $149,968.

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The United States imported two vehicles in this category during in June 2022, compared to no vehicles for June 2021. Three vehicles were received from the United Kingdom during the first six months of 2022, compared to no vehicles for 2021.

The average price per vehicle for June 2022 was $11,354. The average price for the first six months of 2022 was $22,436.

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The United States imported 10 vehicles during June 2022, compared to 61 vehicles for June 2021. During the first six months of 2022, 162 vehicles were received, up 7 percent from 151 vehicles for the first six months of 2021.

China shipped 113 vehicles during the first six months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for June 2022 was $539,542, up 252 percent from $153,120 for June 2021. The average price for the first six months of 2022 was $113,484, down 34 percent from $172,098 for the first six months of 2021.

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The United States imported 38 vehicles during June 2022, compared for four vehicles for June 2021. During the first six months of 2022, 97 vehicles were imported, up 137 percent from 41 vehicles for the first six months of 2021.

China sent 95 vehicles during the first six months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for June 2022 was $24,477, up 249 percent from $7,015 for June 2021. The average price for the first six months of 2022 was $14,560, up 63 percent from $8,908 for the first six months of 2021.

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The United States imported 87 vehicles during June 2022, down 22 percent from 112 vehicles for June 2021. During the first six months of 2022, 374 vehicles were received, down 43 percent from 655 vehicles for the first six months of 2021.

Canada sent 373 vehicles to the United States during the first six months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for June 2022 was $65,984, down 12 percent from $75,404 for June 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first six months of 2022 was $78,074, down 35 percent from $119,533 for the first six months of 2021.

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The United States imported 101 vehicles during June 2022, up 58 percent from 64 vehicles for June 2021. During the first six months of 2022, 315 vehicles were received, down 21 percent from 397 vehicles for the first six months of 2021.

Canada sent 307 vehicles to the United States during the first six months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for June 2022 was $41,924, down 2 percent from $42,803 for June 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first six months of 2022 was $40,688, up 5 percent from $38,763 for the first six months of 2021.

EXPORTS

Export totals for June 2022 were up in three categories, compared to June 2021. Three categories also reported increases for the first six months of 2022, compared to the first six months of 2021.

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The United States exported 661 vehicles during June 2022, up 10 percent from 601 vehicles for June 2021. During the first six months of 2022, 3,328 vehicles were sent, up 26 percent from 2,649 vehicles for the first six months of 2021.

Mexico received 1,908 vehicles during the first six months of 2022, while Canada imported 894 vehicles.

The average price per vehicle for June 2022 was $32,685, down 53 percent from $69,010 for June 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first six months of 2022 was $29,703, down 41 percent from $50,318 for the first six months of 2021.

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The United States shipped five vehicles in June 2022, compared to 53 vehicles for June 2021. During the first six months of 2022, 220 vehicles were exported, down 50 percent from 441 vehicles for the first six months of 2021.

Canada received 178 vehicles during the first six months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for June 2022 was $15,489, down 78 percent from $70,044 for June 2021. The average price for the first six months of 2022 was $54,611, up 54 percent from $35,426 for the first six months of 2021.

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The United States exported 145 vehicles in June 2022, compared to 32 for June 2021. During the first six months of 2022, 614 vehicles were sent, up 177 percent from 222 vehicles for the first six months of 2021.

The Dominican Republic received 497 vehicles during the first six months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for June 2022 was $23,164, down 24 percent from $30,613 for June 2021. The average price for the first six months of 2022 was $24,623, up less than 1 percent from $24,586 for the first six months of 2021.

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The United States shipped 223 vehicles in June 2022, compared to seven vehicles for June 2021. During the first six months of 2022, 786 vehicles were exported, up 113 percent from 369 vehicles for the first six months of 2021.

Canada received 768 vehicles during the first six months of 2022.

The average price per vehicle for June 2022 was $27,479, down 80 percent from $137,220 for June 2021. The average price per vehicle for the first six months of 2022 was $27,656, down 43 percent from $48,527 for the first six months of 2021.



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BYD To Build 20 Electric School Buses For California District In Antelope Valley


BYD (Build Your Dreams) has announced plans to build 20 battery electric school buses for students in California.

The buses will be built in Lancaster, CA.

Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency (AVSTA) CEO Morris Fuselier III said, “This is the beginning of our effort to build the largest electric school bus fleet in the state. It will provide clean, efficient transportation to our students while protecting the clean, fresh air and blue skies of our home, the Antelope Valley. With partners like BYD and the support of the city of Lancaster, we will certainly succeed in ensuring a brighter, cleaner future.”

To learn more, contact BYD.SchoolBus@byd.com


Stars From The World Of Sports Love The Mercedes-Benz Tourrider

“The Mercedes-Benz Tourrider Premium, used for the 2022 World Games, sets new standards in the USA in terms of design, comfort, technology and individuality,” according to the company.

The American Thrasher Brothers Trailways bus company attracted attention at the World Games 2022 in Birmingham, AL, with a Mercedes-Benz Tourrider Premium. The motorcoach, painted in metallic black, was used exclusively to transport selected top athletes to the various competition sites around Birmingham.

Owner Alan Thrasher was more than proud of this high-profile order, "There was no better time for us to showcase the exceptional Mercedes-Benz Tourrider Premium motorcoach than this superlative event. All athletes immediately felt at home on board. The vehicle is equipped with 56 travel seats, and completely provides all the things you'd expect in a Mercedes-Benz, making a strong impression on all those involved.

“Specially designed for the North American market, the new 45-foot, three-axle motorcoaches, with chrome-plated center star, set new standards in the USA and Canada in terms of design, comfort, technology and individuality.”

Thrasher Brothers Trailways is a 50-plus-year-old family-owned company that specializes in chartered transportation with exclusive touring coaches while also serving routes extending through the entire country.

Alyce Davidson, owner and secretary/treasurer of Thrasher Brothers Trailways said, “The drivers and athletes were highly impressed with the coach’s comfort and ride. The time on the coach allowed drivers to share a bit of the southern hospitality and charm with the athletes.”

A total of 3,600 athletes from all over the world took part in the World Games, which was held in the USA for the second time since 1981. One hundred ten nations fought for medals in 38 non-Olympic sports, including powerlifting, billiards and tug-of-war.

For more information, visit mercedes-benz-bus.com.


Imanol Rego Named CEO Of Irizar Group

The governing council has named Imanol Rego as the new CEO of the Irizar Group. He will begin the new position after September 26, with the goal of driving the group forward, and tackling the new challenges of the future of mobility, according to a release.

“He brings to the role vast international experience in several high responsibility positions, from supply chain management to global business, and he has broad knowledge of several sectors as well as the group after being general director of Irizar e-mobility.”

His goals include continuing development and innovation with sustainable technology and transport solutions for all clients and passengers.

Rego said the world is facing a climate and energy challenge, and the Irizar Group provides a wide range of transport solutions that span electromobility and other energy sources, always with the goal of responding to the efficiency and sustainability challenges of the world today.

"The transport of the future is already here, and we want our clients and passengers to keep enjoying the group's innovations and technology."

“In unanimous representation of the governing council, the president of Irizar S. Coop, Koldo Mendizabal, expresses complete confidence in Rego who, as leader of a technologically advanced organization, will drive solid and sustainable growth, reflect its team values, maintain commitments to clients, and, first and foremost, stimulate the maximum operating efficiency of the Irizar brand."

For more information, visit irizar.com.


Free SamTrans (CA) Youth Unlimited Pass Becomes Permanent Program

The SamTrans board of directors voted and approved a pass program that will permanently give low-income students free rides on all SamTrans buses. The SamTrans Youth Unlimited Pass Program was designed, and will be executed, in partnership with the San Mateo County Office of Education.

All students who are classified as socioeconomically disadvantaged (SED) by the California Department of Education are qualified for the Youth Unlimited Pass. SED students include those who are eligible for the free and reduced-price meal program, students experiencing homelessness, foster-youth, migrant students, or students whose parents did not graduate high school.

“With the Youth Unlimited Pass Program now becoming permanent, we are establishing a strong connection between the next generation of public transit riders and SamTrans,” said Peter Ratto, SamTrans board chair. “This program is a wonderful collaboration with the San Mateo County Office of Education.”

Participating students and parents received a survey in early April that provided SamTrans with information regarding the effectiveness of the program. More than 300 students or their parents/guardians participated in the survey. The overall goals of the pilot program were to reduce transportation costs for families with financial challenges, attract new and more frequent riders, and understand the potential operation impacts of providing free fares to a subset of youth riders.

Based on the survey results, most of the youth used the passes for trips to/from school while others used the pass for recreational trips, shopping trips and after-school program trips. Over 80 percent of survey respondents say the pass has helped them save money, and almost 60 percent were able to go more places. From January through June, there were approximately 198,400 trips taken using the Youth Unlimited pass.


DATTCO, Inc. Appoints New IT Vice President

DATTCO, Inc., announces the appointment of Michael T. Fagan as the company’s new vice president of analysis, reporting, and strategy.

“We are excited to welcome Mike into the DATTCO family. He will help expand our leadership team, focusing on new technology initiatives including building out our data, and reporting infrastructure, helping us make more informed business decisions,” said DATTCO’s president, Don DeVivo.

“The hiring of Mike will help us strengthen our presence as industry leaders and continue to grow the company. In addition to sourcing and implementing new technologies, he will help in transforming data into insights and actions. His skills will help DATTCO turn raw data into insightful reports, assist with tracking key business metrics, identify longtime trends in operations, sales, and service, and recognize outliers so business planning is more effective for the future. He will greatly enhance how DATTCO approaches decision-making, taking into consideration DATTCO’s past and present strategies and outcomes.”

Fagan joins DATTCO from Waterlogic N.A. (USA and Canada), where he was the director of information technology.

“Mike is a seasoned professional with years of experience with centralized and decentralized operations, across multiple markets and business types. He has broad experience in acquisition integrations, data reporting, and analysis as well as large-scale technology implementations”

"I am delighted to have Mike join our team and help us evolve as a company by embracing new technology and put us on the path to data leadership," said DATTCO’s CFO, Scott Brabant.

Fagan will be based in the New Britain, CT, corporate office where he will oversee a team of IT professionals. He holds the designation of Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), along with studies in computer engineering and electrical engineering.

Visit dattco.com for more information.


Georgia Coach Lines Takes Delivery Of First Prevost



Pictured left to right are Janet Cathey, Prevost; Clarence Cox, Deborah Parker, Wendy Hollingsworth-Cox, Georgia Coach Lines; and Brad Wiese and Jay Snead, Prevost.

Georgia Coach Lines, a family-owned and operated business, and tour and motorcoach operator in Atlanta, recently took delivery of a 2023 H3-45 motorcoach, the first new Prevost in the company’s history. The exchange took place at the annual convention for the Georgia, Alabama, and South-Central Motorcoach Associations in Peachtree City, GA.

“We have admired Prevost coaches for years, but had never considered purchasing one because we had a great relationship with another coach provider,” said Georgia Coach Lines President/CEO, Clarence E. Cox, III. “We are excited, and so far, we have received excellent service and communication during the delivery period.”

Prevost said the coach, dubbed #134, is equipped with Prevost’s exclusive Cloud One seating, 360-degree cameras, eMirror technology, and a premium, onboard entertainment system offering passengers access to Wi-Fi, the latest movies, TV shows, and more.

“This coach has so many amenities, and we look forward to introducing it to our clients real soon,” said Cox

In Georgia Coach Lines’ signature grey and green, the new unit was on display for the outdoor coach presentations at the GMOA-AMA-SCMA Regional Meeting, where operators and motorcoach industry partners in attendance were the first group to take a ride. Cox has the coach scheduled for a special trip before it begins regular service providing group transportation in the Atlanta area.

“Our first over the road experience will be filled with friends and family as we visit our neighboring state of Tennessee,” he said.

“We are so honored to welcome the entire Georgia Coach Lines team to the Prevost family,” said Prevost vice president of new coach sales and funding, Brad Wiese. “The strength of the Prevost aftermarket network was a key factor in their purchase, and we are proud to be their partner.”

According to the company, the Prevost service network is the largest in the motorcoach industry with coverage from coast to coast in both the U.S. and Canada. 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.

Georgia Coach Lines has always had a family focus, and began operations with used motorcoaches in February 1985, in Atlanta under the leadership of Cox’s father and uncle. Following his uncle’s death in 2017, Cox and his wife, Wendy Hollingsworth-Cox, took over the business, and have since expanded the fleet to nine coaches. They also opened a new facility in Fayetteville, GA, in April 2020, where their operations are headquartered.

Cox is Georgia Motorcoach Operators Association president, a board member of the United Motorcoach Association (UMA), and African American Motorcoach Council chairman for the American Bus Association.

Both Cox and Hollingsworth-Cox believe in giving back to their local community, and regularly distribute food and clothing to those in need through a partnership with a local nonprofit, Caring for Others. Georgia Coach Lines was also instrumental during the celebration of life for friend and civil rights leader, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), as they transported friends, family, and staff across the Southeast civil rights trail in July 2020.

For more information, please visit www.volvogroup.com.


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