10/17/2017

 

 



  Prevost adds 3 Parts & Service Centers to network

From Metro:

Prevost's Parts & Service Network is growing again with the addition of new service centers in Montreal, the Chicago area, and Calgary, Alberta.

The new locations bring the total of Prevost owned and operated service centers to 14, nearly double the size of the largest competitor network. In addition, the service network is supported by more than 150 certified Volvo Truck locations.

The new service centers, which all opened for business in September, are full-service facilities and staffed by technicians who are factory trained to work on Prevost, Nova Bus, and Volvo motorcoaches. The centers also service other motorcoach brands.

Prevost's Parts & Service Network is growing again with the addition of new service centers in Montreal, the Chicago area, and Calgary, Alberta. The new locations bring the total of Prevost owned and operated service centers to 14, nearly double the size of the largest competitor network. In addition, the service network is supported by more than 150 certified Volvo Truck locations.

"The recent opening of our service centers in Calgary, Chicago and Montreal reflects Prevost's ongoing commitment to our customers," said Randy Castillo, services network director for Prevost. "With 14 total service centers in locations across the United States and Canada, there's no doubt that Prevost offers the most comprehensive service coverage of the North American market."

Prevost also recently opened a facility in the San Francisco Bay area of California. The service center, which opened in August and has been fully utilized ever since, allows the company to better serve the most populated state in the U.S., Castillo said.

In addition to its service centers, Prevost operates a fleet of 55 vans to provide mobile service by factory-trained technicians when and where customers need it.      READ MORE >

 

  CHTC exceeds sales goals, plans third-generation buses

CHINO, Calif. - Since entering the U.S. market in 2016 with the first-generation version of its HT35 and HT45 series buses, Chinese Hi-Tech Corporation (CHTC) has exceeded its sales goals.

From Bus & Motorcoach News:

CHINO, Calif. - Since entering the U.S. market in 2016 with the first-generation version of its HT35 and HT45 series buses, Chinese Hi-Tech Corporation (CHTC) has exceeded its sales goals.

"The company and its products have come a long way in a relatively short period of time," said Scott Thorpe, vice president of CHTC Bus Group, the company's U.S. subsidiary based in Chino.

"We are excited about the success we've had in 2017 and look for even greater things in 2018," Thorpe said. "We've ramped up production in anticipation of increasing sales in the last quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018."

He said during its first year in the U.S., CHTC focused on getting the motocoaches out to potential customers for evaluation and comments. With the help of those customers, the company released its second-generation version of the coaches.

The third-generation CHTC buses will be released in January at the United Motorcoach Association Expo 2018 in San Antonio.

CHTC paid special attention to the appearance and amenities of the newest models. They include leather seating in tan or black, a larger lavatory and wood accents gracing the interior.

To enhance the passenger experience, there are larger video monitors, better speakers, Wi-Fi and multi-media offerings. The third-generation buses also boast surveillance, DVR, multi-cameras and a black box as standard equipment.

The CHTC Bus Group realizes that one of the biggest obstacles that its customers face is hiring drivers. Focusing on comfort, the driver's area has been enlarged......     READ MORE >

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  Why We Equipped a School Bus With Motorcoach Amenities

From School Bus Fleet:

In the Long Island area, there has been a decrease in the number of motorcoach carriers, and some of the remaining companies do not meet the insurance requirements recommended by NYSIR. Last year, we lost several local motorcoach carriers that we have worked with for many years, leaving school districts to look for services outside of our area. This drives the costs even higher and adds hours to the driver's log book.

At Jericho School District, we have both a mechanic who conducts motorcoach inspections and a dispatcher who reviews driver abstracts for every motorcoach trip we secure. In several instances, a trip was delayed or canceled because either the motorcoach or the driver did not meet our safety requirements.

Fueled with frustration, we decided to take matters into our own hands. We worked with Thomas Built Buses to design a safe school bus equipped with amenities found on a motorcoach vehicle.

The upgraded bus, which we received in May 2016, features four-wheel air-ride suspension, driver seat air ride, five drop-down screens for DVDs or CDs, overhead racks, undercarriage storage, acoustic interior panels, tinted windows, school-approved....    READ MORE >

At Jericho (N.Y.) School District, we work closely with our insurance group, the New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR), to be sure that our students are safe and our school district is protected. That includes student travel for activity trips.

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