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Improvements on the Versatile MCI J4500 for 2016

Perhaps expectedly, MCI has recently unveiled its list of improvements on their popular and versatile J4500 model for 2016. While the improvements are noteworthy in themselves, this does bring up the subject that the J4500 is increasingly being used in all types of service. Your editor may have to eat his words regarding a statement […]

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Getting a Lift

In recent months we have had several inquiries about bus lifts. The improved economy is apparently finding bus companies building and rebuilding garages while some are expanding in new areas. The result is an interest in information surrounding bus lifts for new and expanded garages. My own experience in running garages generally involved using traditional […]

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The Changing Conversion Industry

Coach conversions and the conversion industry in general have been a topic of telephone calls as well as e-mails and the subject of several questions in recent months. Inquiries have ranged from conversion shells to conversion companies and the value of used converted coaches. Where do things stand today and where are conversions going in […]

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MCI Stands Up for Transportation in Pembina, Chicago and Louisville

As the industry’s only U.S.-based intercity coach manufacturer and an advocate of high-speed, efficient over-the-road transportation, Motor Coach Industries (MCI) supported the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Stand Up for Transportation Day April 9 by hosting a high-level tour of its Pembina, North Dakota facility, where its industry-leading D-Series Commuter Coach model is assembled. MCI […]

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The Zeps Bus from CCW

The recent production run of ZEPS buses by Complete Coach Works for Indianapolis is a major step forward for electric bus operations in the United States. There is now a fleet of economical American-built battery electric buses in operation that may well be a major step into the future. Here is the story behind electric […]

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ZF – 100 Years of Motion and Mobility

ZF celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2015. Today the company is one of the largest and best-known automotive component suppliers in the world. ZF’s interesting history includes being originally founded to fill a specific need in a fledgling industry. Over the years it has had its highs and lows and at one point the company […]

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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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