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Grech Motors Introduces A Groundbreaking Innovation

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Posted on March 16, 2018

During a March 12, 2018 show opening reception, Grech Motors CEO and founder Ed Grech (center) unveiled and introduced the new EG40 coach, the company's first entry into the over-the-road motorcoach market (LCT photo).
During a March 12, 2018 show opening reception, Grech Motors CEO and founder Ed Grech (center) unveiled and introduced the new EG40 coach, the company's first entry into the over-the-road motorcoach market (LCT photo).
MANDALAY BAY, Las Vegas --- With a new year comes another International LCT Show, and with that comes a new innovative bus design from the industry’s leading luxury coachbuilder, Grech Motors.

Instead of just an aesthetic update or a handful of upgraded features, the Riverside, Calif.-based manufacturer is once again revolutionizing the luxury ground transportation landscape with a completely new bus model that might be the biggest game changer the industry has ever seen.

The Grech Motors EG40 is the industry’s first unibody Freightliner minicoach with full pass-through underbelly luggage among other cutting-edge features. Grech’s new flagship model gives operators the luxury, quality, and curb appeal they have come to expect with the added functionality of an over-the-road coach.

The luxury ground transportation industry's top luxury coachbuilder and show sponsor unveiled the EG40 -- named after company founder and CEO Ed Grech -- during a show floor opening reception Monday, March 12 at 6 p.m. at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The first two EG40s were bought by Hermes Worldwide of Denver, Col.

The Grech Motors EG40 is the industry’s first unibody Freightliner minicoach with full pass-through underbelly luggage among other cutting-edge features (photo: Grech Motors)
The Grech Motors EG40 is the industry’s first unibody Freightliner minicoach with full pass-through underbelly luggage among other cutting-edge features (photo: Grech Motors)

Bridging the Gap to Bigger Business Opportunities
As operators nationwide have been discovering, serving the group travel industry is a lucrative and fairly steady source of revenue. Buses and Sprinters bring in larger bookings at higher profit margins and are untouched by the on-demand transportation network company (TNC) epidemic plaguing the ground transportation industry.

Grech Motors has set the standard in minicoach design, quality, and fit and finish thanks to its team of experienced and insightful professionals led by founder and CEO Ed Grech. While much of the company’s innovation stems from its leadership and internal talent, it certainly draws inspiration from its clients.

One repeated concern Grech executives were hearing from operators was the issue of luggage space as they got into bigger groups who traveled with larger amounts of luggage, such as international airport arrivals and long-distance charters and tours.

Until now, an operator only had two choices: Send an additional vehicle just to carry the luggage, or invest in a full-size motorcoach.

While growing from cars and SUVs to Sprinters and buses can seem like a big leap, getting into a full-size motorcoach is a completely different beast because of the high price of those vehicles. The cost of a new full-size motorcoach ranges from $500,000 to $550,000.

The new EG40 is Grech Motors’ answer to this dilemma. Not only does it enhance the minicoach experience and add an extra level of comfort and convenience for passengers, it also provides the most affordable way for operators to grow their bus business and get a foot in the door of the motorcoach industry.

The company is targeting a retail price in the mid $200,000 range for a nicely appointed EG40, says A.J. Thurber, vice president of sales and marketing at Grech Motors.

The new EG40 enhances the minicoach experience and adds an extra level of comfort and convenience for passengers (photos: Grech Motors)
The new EG40 enhances the minicoach experience and adds an extra level of comfort and convenience for passengers (photos: Grech Motors)
Design Breakthroughs
Thanks to its new underbelly storage area, the EG40 enhances an operator’s existing playbook and helps expand their business into new areas.

Consider this: While minicoaches with rear luggage work just fine for inter-city trips, the EG40 adds an extra level of convenience and ease when those trips require multiple drop-offs. It’s much quicker and safer for chauffeurs to unload luggage from beneath the vehicle than to step up into a rear storage compartment and search through stacked bags for a customer’s suitcase. This means fewer risks to the chauffeur’s safety, fewer mistakes when handling passengers’ bags, and quicker loading and unloading of luggage. Over hundreds of trips, these little details add up to huge gains in efficiency and service quality.

The EG40’s storage area equals or exceeds most full-size motorcoaches and provides about 8.5 cubic-feet of total luggage space per passenger. It also features a bigger version of Grech Motors’ patented panoramic front viewing window. This means operators can go after motorcoach business with higher profit margins and lower risk.

The EG40 on the floor of the International LCT Show, March 12-14, 2018 (LCT photo).
The EG40 on the floor of the International LCT Show, March 12-14, 2018 (LCT photo).
At 40-ft., 8-in. in length and 11-ft., 9-in. in overall height, the new Grech flagship bus seats up to 41 passengers (or 37 passengers with a lavatory) in 3-point Grech Elite seats. It has gone through rigorous and extensive engineering, safety tests, and durability tests, and is designed to exceed the new FMVSS 227 rollover standard. Rounding out these safety upgrades are 360-degree camera viewing and optional stability control.

Another design breakthrough Grech Motors achieves with the EG40 is the unibody structure. Other minicoaches consist of two parts: The chassis and the cage (which makes up the bus body) mounted to the chassis frame rails through a multitude of body mounts. Grech Motors has long been known for the quality and strength of its bus cage, but the EG40 takes its engineering excellence to another level. The EG40’s chassis frame is heavily modified into a proprietary geometry that allows it to become an integral part of a unibody design.  

The resulting vehicle skeleton is a purpose-designed structure, from axles to roof line, that meets the load-carrying requirements of both the chassis and the body with a single blended framework. Not only does this approach free Grech’s designers to incorporate the full pass-through luggage, it provides more structural integrity and improves vehicle safety, ride quality, and longevity. See GrechMotors.com/patents to learn more.

Like all Grech Motors vehicles, the EG40 is backed by the industry’s leading warranty and after-sale support. Operators enjoy coverage of 5 years / 100,000 miles on the main structural components, and 4 years / 50,000 miles on bus body components. Grech Motors’ warranty is the only one in the industry to include parts, labor, and expedited shipping on parts.

The EG40 is being unveiled on the trade show floor of the 2018 International LCT Show, and the first units will be delivered in March. Learn more about this vehicle or place your order by contacting your Grech Motors sales representative or visiting www.grechmotors.com.

FASTFACTS: EG40 Specs
Engine: 6.7L Cummins Diesel (300 HP)
Length: 40-ft. 8-in.
Height: 11-ft. 9-in. (including AC)
Suspension: Rear Factory Air Ride
GVWR: 33,000 lbs.
Capacity: Up to 41 passengers w/out lavatory / up to 37 w/lavatory
Luggage space: 350-cu.ft.
New amenities: Bigger front panoramic viewing window, 360-degree camera views, stability control
Grech Motors Warranty: 5 years / 100,000 miles

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