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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 [...]

A team of ABC technicians recently visited the Van Hool factory in Belgium for preliminary training and product knowledge transfer to support the forthcoming Van Hool CX45E All Electric bus release. Together with ABC and Proterra, Van Hool continues to make preparations for the innovative new model introduction planned for North American unveiling at UMA Expo 2020 in Nashville, TN.

“Together with our partners Van Hool and Proterra, ABC is leveraging deep expertise to bring advanced electric technology to the motorcoach segment”, said Mr. Roman Cornell, President and Chief Commercial Officer at 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”, said Cornell.

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 [...]

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Developed, Designed and Built Exclusively for North American Operations.

Attendees at Busworld Europe 2019 enjoyed a first look at the brand new ALL Electric Van Hool CX45E in October. Along with an impressive lineup of fuel cell, low-floor trambus and diesel-powered vehicles designed for the European market, the first-ever ALL Electric Van Hool CX45E was introduced, with the elite distinction as the only model exclusively designed and built for the North American market. The zero-emission vehicle utilizes Proterra’s battery system which features a compact, robust design enabling industry-leading energy density, by volume and mass. Efficient energy storage enables improved range capabilities and thermally controlled batteries keep the temperature consistent to maximize lifetime in operating climates.

The new 56-passenger Van Hool CX45 features many passenger amenities including comfortable passenger seats with USB and 110V outlets, REI Elite HDMI System [...]

ABC Supports New Ownership with Hands-on Sales and After Sales Support.

National Trails, Inc., of Southfield, MI has taken delivery of a new Van Hool CX45 motorcoach. The regional charter and tour operation currently runs several Van Hool T2100 coaches in the fleet, and this delivery represents the first transaction between ABC and the company’s new owner, Mr. Austin Arksey, who recently acquired the business from the Frank family. The company has provided charter bus rental services in Southeast Michigan for over 35 years, and under the leadership of Mr. Arksey, looks forward to continued growth and market expansion.

The new 56-passenger Van Hool CX45 features many passenger amenities including comfortable passenger seats with USB and 110V outlets, REI Elite HDMI System with six 15.6” monitors, and woodgrain flooring throughout. The new CX45 will be rotated in service [...]

  • July 9, 2019
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ABC Companies, a recognized leader in the sales, service and support of advanced transport solutions has recently completed a major bus overhaul contract for OmniRide headquartered in Woodbridge, Virginia, about 25 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.  OmniRide is the operating name for the mobility services offered by the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC). OmniRide’s goal is to provide safe, reliable and flexible transportation options while helping to reduce congestion and pollution in one of the region’s fastest growing areas. OmniRide operates Express and Local bus services in neighborhoods surrounded by the busy I-95 and I-66 corridors, and in 2018, had more than 150 buses in its active fleet making over 2.5 million passenger trips. ABC Companies completed an earlier contract with the company, having successfully restored 65 vehicles for OmniRide/PRTC in 2015.

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  • 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 to support BISC [...]

  • June 20, 2019
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Nikko’s Adds First-Ever Full Size Motorcoach to Fleet.

In a decisive move to expand service to large group transportation, Nikko’s Worldwide Chauffeured Services has purchased their very first full-size motorcoach from ABC Companies. The second-generation family owned and run business took delivery of a new Van Hool CX45 at the beginning of Q2. Fully-loaded with luxury options, the 56-passenger coach will be utilized for corporate group transport enabling Nikko’s to accommodate larger groups for a wide variety of corporate charters, events, meetings and more. With locations in Houston and Austin, Texas, Nikko’s is recognized as an elite ground transportation provider that caters to corporate and individual travelers, offering pristine vehicles and professional chauffeur service. Nikko’s fleet is comprised of luxury black cars and SUVs, executive sprinter vehicles and minibuses, and now, a brand-new Van Hool CX45 premium passenger coach.

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  • June 17, 2019
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Continental Charters of Houston, TX has taken delivery of its first Van Hool CX45 coach from industry leader ABC Companies. The renowned family-owned and operated company is a premium transportation provider, offering tour and charter service for large group travel throughout the state of Texas and to any destination nationwide and to Canada.

“ABC is very proud to collaborate with Jose Morales and his team, and we’re committed to supporting Continental’s needs over the lifetime of their Van Hool investment”, said Greg Gates, Senior Account Manager at ABC Companies. Mr. Gates worked with Mr. Morales to create a unique coach which featured a pearl-white paint scheme on the coach exterior and chrome side mirrors to maximize curb appeal. Inside, custom Amaya GT luxury seating featuring two-tone leatherette in tan and blue, with extra-tufting creates a plush interior cabin. Modified parcel [...]

Pioneer Trails of Millersburg, Ohio took delivery of a new Van Hool CX45 in late Spring.

With locations in both Ohio and West Virginia the company specializes in providing scheduled line run service to the state of Florida, and also operates three different tour companies which offer scheduled and custom tours to area attractions, shopping, dining, recreation and more. Founded over 35 years ago by Dave and Irene Swartzentrubber, the family-owned and operated business is now in its second generation with son, Wendyl at the helm of operations management. “Pioneer Trails has been a mainstay within the Amish community for generations, and adding the new CX45 to our fleet helps

us continue to deliver a first-rate transportation experience to our loyal customers,” said Wendyl Swartzentrubber, Pioneer Trails’ General Manager.

“The Swartzentrubber family has a previous history in the automotive body business, and that level of detail transfers to their motorcoach operation,” [...]

Based out of Troy, Michigan, ALLSTAR Chauffeured Services has taken delivery of two new 2019 Van Hool CX45 coaches with many upgraded amenities that compliment their premium vehicle line.  Each coach is powered by a Cummins engine with Allison transmission; and include many passenger conveniences such as 110v USB outlets w/inverters, Wi-Fi, two large REI 23” monitors and 4 additional 15.6” monitors throughout the coach, passenger shades.  One of the coaches is also ADA equipped.  Passengers will recognize the luxury before they even enter the coach with the two-tone white & grey paint and beautiful graphics around the coach.  As they enter the coach, the full leather seating, contoured enclosed parcel rack with hydrographic doors, wood flooring and hydrographic lavatory door truly make a luxurious statement.  

Celebrating 25 years in the transportation industry, ALLSTAR Chauffeured Services primarily services the Detroit, Michigan area, however continues to expand its area covering [...]

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