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Tiffany’s Evolution

Posted on October 1, 2003 by Neil Weiss, staff writer

Tiffany’s V14 model, 140-inch Ford Excursion seats 14 passengers. It features knee-to-knee seating, flat screen monitors and fiber optics. A special feature that allows for increased seating capacity is the placement of the bars, complete with glassware, in the seatbacks.
Tiffany’s V14 model, 140-inch Ford Excursion seats 14 passengers. It  features knee-to-knee seating, flat screen monitors and fiber optics. A  special feature that allows for increased seating capacity is the  placement of the bars, complete with glassware, in the seatbacks.

 By In-house financing, a flexible three-year walk-away lease and vehicle innovations are part of an on-going evolution at Tiffany Coachworks.

The recent innovation resulted from feedback from customers, sales staff and engineers, notes Tom Fielding, vice president of marketing and product development for the Corona, Calif., company.

Tiffany launched an in-house financing division this spring, with specialists working to find the best for each customer, Fielding says.

Tiffany also has unveiled a walk-away lease that offers flexibility to operators who frequently turn over vehicles or have constantly changing financial conditions, Fielding says.

Customers can now turn in their limousine at the end of the lease or they  can refinance and keep the car. There are mileage and condition restrictions.

“Our new financing programs are all part of helping our customers make better buying decisions,” says Pat Butler, Tiffany’s general manager. “A good financing program saves you money and gives you a better equity position in your vehicle at the end of your lease or term.”

Recent innovations in the building process at Tiffany focus on comfort and durability in the passenger compartment.

The coachbuilder, now entering its second decade, is using more fiber optic lighting for an improved effect, passenger seats are more padded, and flat-screen TVs have replaced bulkier models.

New standard features include larger ice chests, additional power points for laptops and other electronic devices and a new combo DVD/CD player (available in most limousines).

Experiencing the same slowdown in business that every limousine manufacturer has in the past two years, Tiffany has rebounded very quickly, Fielding says.

“We actively went out and looked for ways to improve our limousines,” he adds. “We’re continuing to ask our customers what they like and need and will continue to make changes in the coming months.”

 

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