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UMA Motorcoach Expo in New Orleans

The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) held its annual Motorcoach Expo in New Orleans from January 18-22, 2015. This marked the 31st annual event since it was founded in Nashville in 1984. Once again it was combined with the National Tour Association (NTA) into the Travel Exchange. The UMA Motorcoach Expo is primarily a trade show […]

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The New Stainless Steel CAIO S-Series

Alliance Bus Group introduced their two new CAIO models, the CAIO S3645 and the CAIO 3436, at the ABA Show in St. Louis and the UMA Motorcoach Expo in New Orleans in January of 2015. In addition to stainless steel construction, this new model offers several major improvements over previous models and may well be […]

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Coaches on the Market

While we have done several test drives in recent months, it has been years since we have covered intercity coaches on the United States and Canadian market in any kind of detail. In recent months we have received questions from readers, staff and trade show attendees about both new and traditional models. As a result, […]

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ZF’s Global Press Event

ZF invited approximately 100 heavy-duty vehicle journalists to a Global Press Event in Aachen, Germany in early July. To some extent the event was a press prevue of both existing and new technology to be shown at the forthcoming IAA show in Hanover, Germany this coming September. Originally founded in 1915 to build transmissions and […]

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MCI Reliability Rally

Spring and summer of 2014 witnessed several MCI Reliability Rally events at various locations around the country. Starting with the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on April 30, subsequent events were scheduled at the Chicago Motor Speedway in Joliet, Illinois on May 22; then to the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on June 4; the […]

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Motor Coach Seat Belts

The forthcoming federal mandate requiring seat belts on motorcoaches has prompted several questions from the readers of National Bus Trader ranging from the number of coaches with seat belts to what to do with coaches without seat belts. We will try our best to answer the questions that we can. We admit to not being […]

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What’s New in Specialty and Executive Coaches

When we mention executive coaches it is altogether too easy to immediately think of motor homes and entertainer coaches. However, there are other types of converted coaches out there and some of them have seen some recent activity and new developments. Particularly noteworthy is the increasing success of Creative Coach Solutions in providing specialty coaches […]

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Test Driving the CAIO G3600

Alliance Bus Group recently announced a round of improvements on their CAIO G3600. Included is a new Detroit Diesel engine being offered as standard as well as increased underfloor luggage capacity that may now be the highest in the industry. When they offered us a chance to test drive the G3600 we jumped at the […]

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MCI Reliability Rally

MCI Reliability Rally to showcase upcoming technologies on MCI J4500, D Series coaches; Setra S 417 with second door, parts and training. DES PLAINES, Ill., March 27, 2014 — MCI will host Reliability Rally events at race tracks and stadiums around the country this spring and summer so coach operators can experience new axle, suspension […]

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How to Respond to an Offer to Purchase Your Bus Business

Every day, business owners across the country are confronted with what could be the financial opportunity of a lifetime. This takes place when a bus business owner receives an unsolicited offer to purchase their business. However, many of these opportunities never materialize. This is largely because the average business owner is unfamiliar with how to […]

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UMA’s Motorcoach EXPO in Los Angeles

The United Motorcoach Association’s annual Motorcoach Expo was held in Los Angeles in February. It was a special occasion since it marked 30 years since the first such event was held in Nashville in 1984. In those years, the sponsoring organization was known as the United Bus Owners of America (UBOA). National Bus Trader had […]

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MCI’s New Location on Oakton Street

MCI just recently completed a move to a new location and impressive facility on Oakton Street in Des Plaines, Illinois. This attractive and modern building with state-of-the-art equipment houses both the Chicago area service center as well as offices and brings customers, service, parts and office staff back under the same roof once again. It […]

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An Introduction to Bus And Coach America

Bus and Coach America has appeared at some trade shows and is announcing the debut of their first production coach to the North American market. As a result, we have received several inquiries from readers asking for information on Bus and Coach America. Who are they and what are they doing? Since the people from […]

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Introducing the New Temsa TS 45

One of the more exciting developments in the bus industry is the introduction of the new Temsa TS 45 by CH Bus Sales. In addition to a long and detailed development process involving American coach operators and coach engineers, this new model has the benefit of substantial testing and operator input. It rounds out the […]

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The city of Kortrijk is so proud to be the location of the Busworld event that they put banners and signs on and above several of the streets. This particular banner was suspended above the street just south of the town Market or Square. For those who know Kortrijk, the railroad station is about two blocks to the left.

Busworld Kortrijk 2013

Held every two years, Busworld Kortrijk is considered to be the largest and most important bus show in the world. This 22nd event was held at its usual location at the Expo in Kortrijk, Belgium from October 18-23, 2013. The event is held in nine halls plus a connecting Rambla. There are more than 300 […]

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As the price of diesel fuel increases, more and more effort has gone into fuel economy. ZF is a leader in improving fuel economy in both transit buses and over-the-road coaches. Shown here is a cutaway view of the ZF EcoLife transmission.

Fuel Economy and the Modern Bus Transmission

Fuel Economy and the Modern Bus Transmission In the not so distant past, fuel economy was seldom discussed in the North American bus market. Fifteen years ago diesel prices were around $1 per gallon, and operators were not ready to think, or care, about optimizing bus systems for fuel economy. Powertrain suppliers optimized their systems […]

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AFC Transportation Puts Safety and Customer Service First

Customers can expect even the smallest detail to be taken care of when securing a ride through AFC Transportation. Based in Houston, Texas, AFC boasts the largest fleet of limousines, town cars, motorcoaches, charter buses and transit vehicles rolling within city limits. With more than 170 vehicles, AFC serves multiple markets including the luxury-minded, and […]

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