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Technology is ever-changing, and ABC Companies plans to help North American operators keep pace with the introduction of additional ADAS tools – including ABC’s RECON (Readiness for Emergency CONditions) and TEC Options. The add-on technology tools are designed to integrate with existing standard safety features aboard new Van Hool motorcoaches.

“Our team continues to push forward the capabilities of motorcoach functionality”, said Roman Cornell, President and Chief Commercial Officer, ABC Companies. “As ADAS systems become more mainstream, ABC will focus on offering nascent technologies that can increase driver confidence and passenger security, while decreasing hazards for cyclist, pedestrians and other vehicles”.

Van Hool coaches feature a 13-point standard safety package, including rollover specifications designed to meet a rigorous European standard. ABC ADAS tools have been designed to help owners augment operations via enhanced driver control and awareness. Utilizing integrated cameras and driver alert displays, these tools can detect and warn drivers of potential [...]

Expanding Vendor Roster and Consolidating Under Single, New Brand Umbrella – ABC Parts Source.

ABC Companies will consolidate all of its parts offering and parts-related activities under the new name ABC Parts Source. The rebrand, which will encompass all motorcoach and transit Parts Division activities under a unified umbrella, reflects the company’s focus on optimizing customer service via streamlined business processes. “By consolidating under the singular ABC Parts Source brand, we created greater business synergies that expand our resources and enhance our purchasing power to deliver even greater benefits to our customer base”, said John Gillis, Vice President ABC Parts Source. “For Parts Source customers that can translate to cost savings, and ease of accessibility to ABC Parts Source products and expertise including in-depth product knowledge and live customer support”, he added.

“Time is of the essence in a coach-down scenario”, noted Mr. Gillis. “And with strategic parts warehouse hubs and a network that spans [...]

Revamped, expanded Jersey City, NJ location supports future growth in New York Metro Area and Northeast Corridor.

ABC Companies, exclusive distributor of Van Hool motorcoaches in North America and leader in motorcoach sales, service and technical support announced that improvements to its strategically located Jersey City, NJ facility are ahead of schedule. Originally slated for completion in late Spring of 2020, site upgrades are now projected to be finalized by mid-Winter 2020 in order to accommodate a diverse range of customer needs throughout the New York Metro area and Northeast Corridor spanning Northern Virginia to Maine.

After conducting a comprehensive business assessment in 2019 which identified the Jersey City, NJ facility as a “customer preferred” location, ABC moved quickly to improve and expand the centrally-located operation. “It makes good business sense to target expansion into areas where customer demand is highest”, said Roman Cornell, President and Chief Commercial Officer, ABC Companies. “The Northeast Corridor and [...]

  • January 21, 2020
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New Partnership Offers Next Level Sustainability to Fleet Operations.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 21, 2020 – ABC Companies has finalized an agreement with Lightning Systems, a Loveland, Colorado-based global developer of zero-emission drivetrains for commercial vehicle fleets. Under the new agreement, the two companies will launch their first joint project – an electric powertrain repower of off-lease Van Hool models including a T2145 highline touring coach and a TDX high-capacity double-deck coach.

The electric repower option for converting from diesel to electric offers a unique opportunity to fleet operators who are ready to integrate EV vehicles within their fleets. “Adding zero-emission capability to late model coaches is a solution that is good for operations, the environment and the bottom line for many customers,” said Roman Cornell, president and chief commercial officer, ABC Companies. “By converting from diesel to electric, we can extend the operational life of a quality motorcoach, while allowing customers to leverage their [...]

  • January 21, 2020
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Winter Garden, FL, January 21, 2020 — Following a recent announcement to the global music touring industry, “Beat The Street” will be debuting a line of double deck Van Hool motorcoaches for use as 16/14 bunk crew and band buses in America. Beat The Street, a European based specialty music tour bus provider, has built a global reputation for serving the touring music industry which is now expanding to the US market. “American clients have been asking us for many years to run our buses in the States”, said Joerg Philipp, Managing Director and owner of Beat The Street. “Double-deckers are not yet used in the States for touring, but their additional capacity is well known to those U.S. tour managers who use them with us in Europe and the U.K.” The Beat The Street U.S. team, headed by Tim King, who recently relocated from the UK to set up a new U.S. office, has already secured several [...]

2020 Van Hool CX Series Models on Display at Booth #200

ABC is excited to present its new 2020 Van Hool coach models during the UMA Expo in Nashville, TN.

The retooled Van Hool CX 45 and CX 35 coach models on display at ABC Booth #200 feature high-quality interior fit and finish details that integrate a wide variety of passenger comforts and amenities, including a restyled passenger entry, cabin and restroom, as well as a fully redesigned driver’s area with new digital dash display. “Passengers are more sophisticated and so are their expectations”, said Mr. Roman Cornell, ABC President and Chief Commercial Officer. “Our 2020 models offer an elevated product that reflects market demands, and is also designed to put more confidence and control into the driver’s hands”.

“The beauty of our Van Hool CX Series, is the versatility it delivers to operators”, said Mr. Thom Peebles, Vice President, Marketing at ABC. “These vehicles [...]

Visitors Welcome at Why I Drive Kiosk – ABC Booth #200.

As driver shortages continue to be an epidemic impacting the motorcoach industry, the United Motorcoach Association is launching a unique program to assist its members and the industry build awareness for a career as a motorcoach driver.  UMA and its program sponsor, ABC Companies, has developed a social media platform, “Why I Drive” to raise awareness within and outside of the motorcoach industry to identify the next generation of drivers.  “Our goal is to reach beyond our industry and share the opportunities the motorcoach industry can provide to quality candidates looking for their next career,” said Stacy Tetschner, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Motorcoach Association. “The shrinking driver pool continues to present a major hurdle to operators”, said Thom Peebles, Vice President Marketing, ABC Companies, “the Why I Drive initiative offers a platform where influencers can speak openly and directly to peers, often [...]

  • June 25, 2019
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ABC Companies, a recognized leader in the sales, service and support of advanced transport solutions will join the American Bus Association’s (ABA) Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC) in commemorating its 20th anniversary at the upcoming BISC Summer Meeting 2019 in Baltimore. ABC Companies is the lead sponsor for all sessions, which will offer keynote presentations from industry experts, interaction with government agency representatives, networking opportunities, user group sessions and more to attendees, providing a unique forum to learn about the latest safety and compliance topics impacting motorcoach operations.

Formed in 1999, BISC; evolved into a stand-alone organization from its predecessor, the ABA Safety Committee. Today BISC is considered the epicenter for safety-related information, education; and advocacy – with the mission of improving safety in the bus and motorcoach industry. (visit https://www.buses.org/about/councils/bisc-history for more information.)

“We are proud [...]

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