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Busline News December 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 September 2019 indicated vehicle imports were up in six categories outlined, compared to September 2018. For the first nine months of 2019, vehicles imports were also up in six categories, compared to the first nine 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 248 vehicles in September 2019, up 41 percent from 176 vehicles imported in September 2018. For the first nine months of 2019, the United States imported 2,026 vehicles, up 24 percent from 1,640 for the first nine months of 2018.

Canada sent 1,133 vehicles to the United States during the first nine months of 2019.

The average price per vehicle for September 2019 was $324,175.50, down 15 percent from the average price for September 2018 of $382,508.10. The average price per vehicle for the first nine months of 2019 was $319,753.53, down 20 percent from $398,675.04 for the first nine 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 12 vehicles in September 2019, down 97 percent from 458 vehicles for September 2018. For the first nine months of 2019, the United States imported 1,188 vehicles, down 17 percent from 1,432 vehicles for the first nine months of 2018.

The United States imported 1,172 vehicles from Germany during the first nine months of 2019.

The average price of the vehicles for September 2019 was $91,237.58, up 122 percent from $ 41,007.78 for September 2018. The average price per vehicle for the first nine months of 2019 was $42,258.39, down 2 percent from $43,216.70 for the first nine 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 12 vehicles during September 2019. There were no vehicles imported during September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, 196 vehicles were imported, up significantly from five vehicles for the first nine months of 2018.

All the vehicles imported came from Canada.

The average price for September 2019 was $240,184. The average price for the first nine months of 2019 was $229,989.40, down 55 percent from $509,146.80 for the first nine months of 2018.

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 thus far in 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 September 2019 or September 2018. The United States imported two vehicles from Canada during the first nine months of 2019, at an average price of $15,200. No vehicles were imported during the first nine months of 2018.

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 one vehicle from Canada in this category during September 2019, which was also the only one for the first nine months of 2019, at a price of $27,485. No vehicles were imported during September 2018. During the first nine months 2018, one vehicle in this category was received, 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 42 vehicles during September 2019, compared to two vehicles for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, 414 vehicles were received, compared to 17 for the first nine months of 2018.

Canada shipped 311 vehicles during the first nine months of 2019.

The average price per vehicle for September 2019 was $167,754.69, down 9 percent from $185,218 for September 2018. The average price for the first nine months of 2019 was $120,719.95, down 35 percent from $186,095.47 for the first nine months of 2018.

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

The United States imported 12 vehicles during September 2019, compared to two vehicles for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, 106 vehicles were imported, up 74 percent from 61 vehicles for the first nine months of 2018.

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

The average price per vehicle for September 2019 was $7,608.50, down 51 percent from $15,611 for September 2018. The average price per vehicle for the first nine months of 2019 was $8,259.10, down 2 percent from $8,413.52 for the first nine months of 2018.

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

The United States imported 151 vehicles during September 2019, up 14 percent from 133 for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, 1,247 vehicles were received, up 33 percent from 937 for the first nine months of 2018.

Canada sent 1,223 vehicles to the United States during the first nine months of 2019.

The average price per vehicle for September 2019 was $87,589.98, up 46 percent from $59,928 for September 2018. The average price for the first nine months of 2019 was $77,839.40, up 7 percent from $72,563.19 for the first nine months of 2018.

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

The United States imported 96 vehicles during September 2019, down 28 percent from 133 during September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, 1,069 vehicles were received, down 15 percent from 1,262 for the first nine months of 2018.

Canada sent 949 vehicles to the United States during the first nine months of 2019.

The average price per vehicle for September 2019 was $47,535.91, down less than 1 percent from $47,665.60 for September 2018. The average price for the first nine months of 2019 was $42,599.32, down 7 percent from $45,993.96 for the first nine months of 2018.

EXPORTS

Export totals for September 2019 were up in two categories, compared to September 2018. For the first nine months of 2019, three categories 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 610 vehicles during September 2019, down 24 percent from 805 vehicles exported in September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, 5,930 were sent, down 15 percent from 7,015 for the first nine months of 2018.

Canada received 3,788 vehicles during the first nine months of 2019.

The average price per vehicle for September 2019 was $67,552.31, down 25 percent from the average price for September 2018 of $89,879.55. The average price for the first nine months of 2019 was $69,081.39, down 15 percent from $80,888.63 for the first nine months of 2018.

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

The United States shipped 37 vehicles in September 2019, down 70 percent from 122 vehicles for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, 2,191 vehicles were exported, compared to 438 for the first nine months of 2018.

Canada received 1,988 vehicles during the first nine months of 2019.

The average price per vehicle for September 2019 was $49,974.03, compared to the average price for September 2018 of $4,684.02. The average price for the first nine months of 2019 was $28,165.48, up 53 percent from $18,462.89 for the first nine months of 2018.

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

The United States exported 25 vehicles in September 2019, up 14 percent from 22 vehicles for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, 248 vehicles were shipped, up 7 percent from 232 vehicles for the first nine months of 2018.

Mexico received 86 vehicles during the first nine months of 2019, while Venezuela imported 54 vehicles.

The average price per vehicle for September 2019 was $47,741.84, up 65 percent from the average price for September 2018 of $28,861.86. The average price for the first nine months of 2019 was $32,970.61, down 3 percent from $33,912.89 for the first nine months of 2018.

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

The United States shipped 75 vehicles in September 2019, compared to one vehicle at a price of $550,176 for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, 743 vehicles were exported, compared to 46 vehicles for the first nine months of 2018.

Canada received 727 vehicles during the first nine months of 2019.

The average price for September 2019 was $27,519.89. The average price for the first nine months of 2019 was $29,787.95, down 81 percent from $157,423.24 for the first nine months of 2018.




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BYD Honors Veterans By Hiring Them


“BYD (Build Your Dreams) does more than honor veterans. BYD makes it a point to hire them,” according to a press release.

BYD has both a union workforce and a community benefits agreement, which includes a commitment to facilitating the entry of veterans into the manufacturing workforce. The agreement is a joint effort by BYD, SMART Local 105, and Jobs to Move America to recruit workers who face obstacles to obtaining manufacturing employment.

“BYD knows what veterans bring to the table,” said Patrick Duan, vice president of operations and SkyRail. “They have leadership skills. They are mission-driven and they work well under pressure. They have the ability to adapt existing skills and learn new ones. We are proud to have veterans as part of our workforce.”

To bring in veterans, BYD, Smart Local 105, and Jobs to Move America use Helmets to Hardhats, a national, nonprofit program designed to help military service members successfully transition into civilian life by offering the means to secure a quality career in the construction industry.

"Our coalition recognizes how difficult it is for many veterans to find good jobs after their service,” said Hector Huezo, JMA's senior workforce equity coordinator. “That's why we were excited to team up with BYD and other partners to create a pipeline for veterans that benefits all of our communities. Together, we've been able to help veterans and other disadvantaged workers get good-paying, high-quality jobs that have allowed them to support their families."

According to BYD, “Veterans can be found in every aspect of BYD’s operations, from the factory floor, performing such jobs as welding, warehousing, and assembly work to the offices, performing such work as sales, material planning and control, and human resources.”

“It’s nice to see hope in everyone’s faces when they see how much opportunity this company has given to, not just our workers, but also our community and vets,” said Daniel Moran, an Army veteran who did a tour in Iraq before joining BYD.

BYD said it is dedicated to creating a truly zero-emission ecosystem offering technology for solar electricity generation energy storage. BYD has 220,000 employees across the globe, including nearly 1,000 in North America. For more information, visit www.BYD.com.


Reyco Granning Combines Two Products

The R-Series AM combines Reyco Granning's R-Series drive axle air suspension with the latest air supply module, the AirMaster®.

The system is a turn-key bolt-on upgrade to replace the factory leaf spring suspension on shuttle bus, ambulance, RV and work truck applications with Ford, Ram, GM, and EV chassis. The R-Series was designed to improve ride quality, manage body height, and permit kneeling relative to a factory leaf spring.

“The AirMaster® is factory certified leak free, eliminates air-line freezing, and dramatically improves compressor life relative to legacy air supply systems,” said the company.

“The R-Series AM combination enhances vehicle productivity, driver comfort, and resale value. The outcome is 457 pounds lighter, and has an acquisition cost less than the Liquid Spring CLASS® equivalent.”

John Stuart, president of Reyco Granning, said, “The release of the R-Series AM gives our customers a lightweight, durable system that installs quickly. This all equates to a lower overall cost of ownership.”

For more information, visit www.reycogranning.com.


Mitch Guralnick Joins Prevost As Director Of Pre-Owned Coach Sales

Prevost has named Mitch Guralnick as director of pre-owned coach sales. He has more than 40 years of experience in the transportation industry.

Guralnick previously served for a year at CCW as director of business development, and at MCI as vice president of pre-owned coach sales from 1999 until his retirement. He was also the president of White Bus Company, a tour, charter and contract operator, until he sold the company in 1998.

“Mitch is now responsible for leading and supporting the Prevost pre-owned sales force while exploring new business avenues to further the Prevost brand,” said Prevost.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mitch to the Prevost family,” said Guillaume Charron, senior director of pre-owned business. “This is well in line with the plan we put in place a year ago to ensure Prevost can offer our customers a host of quality pre-owned products in every region, and deliver on their specific requests.”

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. Prevost has its main manufacturing facilities in Sainte-Claire, Quebec, Canada, and has 15 parts and service centers located in the United States. For more information, visit www.prevostcar.com.


Royal Coach Tours Adds New J4500 For 60th Anniversary

Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., (NFI), said it is proud to be part of Royal Coach Tour’s upcoming 60th anniversary year with the recent delivery of a 2020 MCI J4500 coach.

MCI said San Jose, CA-based Royal Coach has served the Bay Area since 1960, and now operates a fleet of 97 vehicles by offering nationally-known service and innovative transportation solutions. In 1999, Royal Coach pioneered now-common employee transportation coach service in the Silicon Valley to help a major employer cut the use of cars. Royal Coach Tours gives daily rides to thousands of this client’s employees from several pick-up locations around the Bay Area, dedicating 50 of its 97 coaches to the service.

“Befitting the technology industry, this client’s employees can track the on-time performance of the coach by app,” said MCI.

“And Royal Coach is expanding, recently opening a second location in Las Vegas. Its new Nevada base serves the tourism and entertainment capital and nearby destinations including the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon. This new office also serves Royal Coach’s long-time NFL service to the Raiders, which will move from Oakland to Las Vegas for the start of the 2020 NFL season.”

“We want to be a strong, regionally-based presence in both our Bay Area and Las Vegas locations,” said Sandy Allen, president of Royal Coach Tours.

Allen, with her brother, Dan Smith, are the second generation to run the family business.

“We’ll offer the same services in both cities, including corporate shuttles, special events, weddings, airport transfers and expanded excursions to popular nearby destinations.”

In the Bay Area, Royal offers trips to several northern California destinations, such as Napa Valley, the Monterey Bay Area, Santa Cruz, and the Central Coast, as well as longer trips to Sacramento, Los Angeles, Reno, Lake Tahoe, and, of course, Las Vegas.

“Royal offers stellar service. Allen’s team ordered its newest J4500 especially for its leg room, and all the latest features. The 2020 J4500 offers the new, next-generation, lighter weight Cummins X12 engine, and a new system for even greater gains in fuel economy. Royal added such optional amenities as power outlets at every seat, customized interior lighting for groups, special branding and MCI’s latest Advance Driver Assistance System (ADAS) package to assist drivers on the road with advanced collision mitigation technology.

“We waited for the new Cummins engine, and we like the direction MCI is taking with the improvements they have made to the J4500,” said Allen. “For most of its history, Royal Coach has bought MCI models with the luxurious J4500 used exclusively on its employee transportation routes.”

“We’re very proud to serve Royal,” said Patricia Ziska, MCI vice president of New Coach Sales. “And like all current and future MCI customers, we’re dedicated to serving Royal reliably. MCI’s history with Sandy Allen and Dan Smith goes back to the 1980s, and we are thrilled to celebrate their 60th anniversary with the delivery of the company’s latest new high-end J4500 for operation in its Las Vegas office.”

Royal Coach Tours was founded in 1960 by Joanne Smith and her husband with a 37-passenger motorcoach to transport employees from Fremont, CA, to Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale. Regular charters followed two years later. In late 1970, Joanne Smith changed the company name to Royal Coach Tours, a title meant to convey to clients the type of first-class, “royal” service her company offered. In 1980, the business passed to her children, who have continued to grow and deliver a new level of service in the motor coach industry.

Royal Coach has an outstanding FMCSA safety rating and has received numerous safety awards from the California Bus Association, and a Vision Award from United Motorcoach Association (UMA) where they are active members. In 2018, Royal Coach Tours was named IMG Operator of the Year for its operational excellence, safety performance, best practices and community/motor coach industry involvement.

For more information, visit www.royal-coach.com or www.mcicoach.com.


RTA Debuts Gingerbread Holiday Bus In Dayton (OH) Children’s Parade

“Customers can enjoy one sweet ride aboard the Greater Dayton (OH) Regional Transit Authority’s 2019 holiday bus after its debut in the Dayton Holiday Festival Grande Illumination and Parade Nov. 29,” according to a press release.

“This year’s bus features a gingerbread theme, complete with icing and candy details on the exterior. The fun continues inside, with more candy-covered décor and a lighted tree. Riders can enjoy holiday music and free candy canes while aboard. There is also a gingerbread photo booth where riders can take selfies to share. If riders share their photos on RTA’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter accounts, they will automatically be entered into a weekly drawing for a seven-day bus pass,” said RTA.

RTA employees, family members, and friends rode the bus through the parade to open the holiday season. The bus circulates along different RTA routes throughout the holiday season, from November 30 - January 1, 2020. Santa will also make special appearances on the holiday bus.


ABC Tech Team Participates In EV Training At Van Hool Factory

A team of ABC technicians recently visited the Van Hool factory in Belgium for preliminary training and product knowledge transfer to support the Van Hool CX45E All Electric bus release.

Together with ABC and Proterra, Van Hool continues to make preparations for the new model introduction planned for North American unveiling at UMA Expo 2020 in Nashville, TN.

"The new Van Hool CX45E combines the Siemens modular ELFA II drivetrain system with Proterra’s E2 battery system, in conjunction with the ELFA drive and converter technology to support daily range targets for operators. The vehicle’s zero emissions and quiet battery drive offer a smooth comfortable ride with very low noise levels to enhance the passenger experience," said ABC.

“Together with our partners Van Hool and Proterra, ABC is leveraging deep expertise to bring advanced electric technology to the motorcoach segment,” said Roman Cornell, president/CCO of ABC Companies. “We are pleased to migrate the benefits and utility of electric vehicle technology enjoyed in the automotive and transit segments to our customer base."

In 2020 operators can also expect to see enhanced interior designs onboard the CX series (including the new CX45E model) which integrates a restyled passenger entry, cabin and restroom, as well as a fully redesigned driver’s area.

"The new Van Hool All Electric, Zero-emission CX45E will be showcased at UMA Expo 2020 where ABC and partners will present a complete overview of the project, and be on hand to field questions about the new electric model which offers the luxury passenger amenities owners expect from the standard Van Hool CX Series equipment," added ABC Companies.

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



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