LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc., a Mercedes-Benz Preferred bus manufacturer, announced June 2 that its SkyVue glass-top convertible Mercedes-Benz Sprinter bus designed specifically for the sightseeing and tour industries is ready for sale.
The patented and proprietary SkyVue glass top convertible bus will be available in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean on the 170-in. extended wheelbase 3500 model Sprinter in several 16 to 20 passenger configurations. The glass roof system, which replaces the factory upper walls and roof, converts a bus into a mobile panoramic touring machine like no other.
The roof system replaces the factory structure, opens and retracts with the touch of a button and incorporates several safety features to prevent injury or damage to the system. The roof can be fully opened or closed in about 30 seconds and is completely water and air tight when closed so it can withstand sudden weather or temperature changes.
“Since announcing the product in March, we have been inundated by inquiries from operators throughout North America with an incredibly diverse range of applications”, said David Ronsen
, President and CEO of Meridian. “The experience of riding in a Sprinter fitted with the SkyVue glass top -- open or closed -- is truly exhilarating. The SkyVue bus literally creates new markets in the tour and other transportation industries that simply were not in reach before now. From New York City to the Grand Canyon and wine country to New England 'leaf peepers' applications, tour companies will now have a platform from which they can distinguish themselves from their competition and provide a one of a kind touring experience for the masses or for their most exclusive VIP clientele and in any climate, season or weather condition.”
Included in the 100-plus available options are several oversized air conditioner and heater options to ensure passenger comfort in almost any climate. The system has been tested throughout Europe and the Middle East and is now available in North America.
SkyVue buses will be available through select Meridian dealers. MSRP for the M716, 16-passenger model is $145,550