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12/01/2020

 


  Motorcoach manufacturers report second quarter of declining sales

 

Based on surveys of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the United States and Canada, motorcoach sales from the participating manufacturers saw a massive year-over-year decline

 

  From Bus & Motorcoach News:

Based on surveys of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the United States and Canada, motorcoach sales from the participating manufacturers saw a massive year-over-year decline, according to the American Bus Association Foundation's third-quarter 2020 Motorcoach Builder Survey.

Compared to the third-quarter 2019 (Q319), the motorcoach sales in the third quarter of 2020 (Q320) fell nearly 50%. New vehicle sales in the over 45-foot vehicles fell 63.2% from 495 in Q319 to 182 in Q320. Sales of vehicles between 30 and 40 feet fell by 96.2% down from 52 to 2.

The only sector that saw moderate growth was the 40- to 45-foot vehicle group, which grew from 14 to 16 in Q320. The used vehicle market fell 11.3% percent, from 221 vehicles in 2019 to 196 in the same quarter in 2020.

Motorcoach Manufacturers

This is the second quarter in a row of dramatic decline. In the previous quarter, the survey reported an overall 83% decrease in sales year over year. Sales for Q220 fell from 766 units in 2019 to 129 units (59 new coaches and 70 pre-owned coaches) in 2020.

All aspects of the motorcoach industry have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the manufacturing sector, according to Peter Pantuso, President of the ABA Foundation.

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  Grande West Unveils Vicinity Lightning Electric Bus
 

The Vicinity Lightning EV, the first electric bus for Grande West, is the newest model in the Grande West portfolio and is officially being introduced to the world.


    From Metro:

Grande West Transportation Group Inc. announced the Vicinity Lightning™ Electric Vehicle specifications and is now for sale in Canada and the U.S.

The Vicinity Lightning EV, the first electric bus for Grande West, is the newest model in the Grande West portfolio and is officially being introduced to the world. The premiere of the vehicle is a landmark for Grande West and for the industry in the transitioning towards zero-emission transport. The Vicinity Lightning will be an environmentally friendly alternative for diesel vehicles currently used in this segment.

The Vicinity Lightning was designed from the ground up to be a cost effective, user friendly vehicle. The design will allow it to fit into any standard transit garage with no major infrastructural electrical upgrades. Grande West has partnered with world class industry leaders to engineer this highly advanced vehicle. Time and forethought were given to the design and engineering process with the customer in mind and the result is the industry-changing Vicinity Lightning bus. The Company's sales team has started the process of introducing the product to prospective clients in the U.S. and Canada.

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  PHOTOS: Pupil Transporters Give Thanks, Donations During the Holiday

 

Transportation teams in Connecticut and Virginia celebrate Thanksgiving by giving back to their communities, while one district in Texas hosts an annual staff appreciation event.

  
    From School Bus Fleet:

Transportation teams in Connecticut and Virginia celebrate Thanksgiving by giving back to their communities, while one district in Texas hosts an annual staff appreciation event.

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