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Exhibitors Ready To Raise The Market Roof

Martin Romjue and Lexi Tucker
Posted on February 5, 2019

The main reason you head to an LCT show, aside from all the networking, reunions, and hanging out with friends, is the trade show marketplace that anchors the three-day events.

As of mid-January, about 60 exhibitors already were confirmed, ahead of the same point last year in the run-up to the event March 24-27 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. LCT expects about 120 exhibitors by the time the show floor opens on March 25. With so many exhibitors, LCT cannot publish a sneak peak of all of them in print, but we have a sampling below based on vendors who responded before publication deadline and based on available space.

Don’t see your favorite vendor here? Fear not, we will extend this gallery onto our website at www.lctmag.com for a continuously updated showcase as exhibitors send us their latest updates over the next several weeks.

Grech Motors EG40

Among the bus models being displayed by the lead show sponsor, Grech Motors, is the super-sized EG40 that debuted at last year’s show. It is the industry’s first and only unibody Freightliner minicoach with full pass-through under floor storage. Among the benefits and amenities: Full stainless steel under floor storage area; 40 ft.-8 in. bumper to bumper; 11 ft.-9 in. overall height including roof mounted AC; 96-in. rear overhang from centerline of rear axle to bumper; 180,000 BTU Roff mounted HVAC system; rear air suspension; Cummins ISB6.7 300HP/ 600 ft. lbs. torque; Allison 2500 PTS transmission; up to 41 passengers or 39 passengers with lavatory; 350 cu. ft. of undercoach storage; about 8.5 cu.ft. per passenger equal to or more space per passenger of most full-size motorcoaches; exceeds the new FMVSS 227 rollover standard.

Information: www.grechmotors.com

ABC Companies: Van Hool CX35

The Van Hool CX35 offers a truly user-friendly design. Featuring front-to-rear flat passenger floor design, the coach’s 102-inch exterior width and full-size coach height offer a roomy and spacious cabin design, with no step-up throughout. The integrated A/C system translates to superior underfloor luggage capacity, plus a curved passenger entry is aesthetically pleasing. Parts commonality make this a proven and preferred choice. ABC Companies is the exclusive distributor of Van Hool motorcoaches. 

Information: [email protected]www.abc-companies.com

Lincoln Continental

Ford/Lincoln recognizes an operator’s vehicle is their livelihood. Not only has the Lincoln Continental been awarded for safety, quality, and reliability, it also offers a list of standard funcitons to improve the chauffeur experience as well as support the chauffeur on a safe journey. Some key features include: Lincoln Co-Pilot360, auto high beams, rear camera, rain sensing wipers, and Sync 3. The Co-Pilot360 includes adaptive cruise control with stop and go, BLIS (blind spot information system with cross traffic alert), pre-collision assist w/forward collision warning and active braking, lane-keeping aid/alert, driver alert system, rear back-up camera, and forward/reverse sensing system.

The Continental also offers a purpose-built livery package that focuses luxury appointments to the rear cabin, while prioritizing efficiency for the chauffeur:

  • 4G WiFi Hotspot to ensure reliable access to critical information or streaming entertainment.
  • Lincoln Drive Control with adaptive suspension and active noise control for a smooth, quiet ride.
  • USB and 110v power points to keep them charged on their journey.
  • Power recline seating w/chauffeur controls on passenger side to allow clients to move the right front seat forward for extended legroom.
  • Tri-zone automatic temperature control with audio and climate controls to maintain a comfortable environment at the occupant’s discretion.

Information: www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/limo-livery-and-funeral

MCI J4500 and MCI J3500

The long and short of luxury: MCI now offers its best-selling J coach in two great lengths, the 45-foot MCI J4500 coach and the new 35-foot MCI J3500 for fleet versatility. Both models feature BMW Group’s Designwork’s styling inside and out, common parts, and the most interior space for maximum capacity for 60 passengers in the J4500 and up to 44 in the J3500. Other features include dramatic lighting throughout, seating and rear window options, a new electric cooling fan with a swing-out radiator, and optional Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). MCI backs its J-Series models with the longest, most extensive warranty in the industry — a standard 30-month limited warranty plus Super 60 extended coverage on select parts and components and leading technical, parts, service, and training support. 

Overall length: 45.58 ft./ 35 ft.

Overall height: 140.75 in.

Seating capacity: Up to 60/ 40 standard: 44 optional

Headroom: 78.25 in.

Wheelbase: 315.00 in./ 228.80 in.

Turning radius: 40’11 ft./ 32’-10 ft.

Fuel tank capacity: 183 gal./164 gal

Front suspension: Independent front

GVWR: 54,000 lbs./40,000 lbs.

Engine: Cummins ISX 12L, 425 HP engine w/engine brake; optional Detroit Diesel DD 13 410 or 450hp also w/engine brake/ Cummins L9, 350 hp, 1150 lb-ft torque w/engine brake

Transmission: Allison B500 6-speed automatic with prognostics capability

Brakes: Bendix ADB22X Air Disc Brakes

Information: www.mcicoach.com/J-Series

Lancer Insurance Company Unveils Updated Accident Scene Management Videos

Nobody wakes up in the morning expecting to get into an accident, but when the unexpected happens, are you completely prepared? As a professional chauffeur, the possibility of an accident is something you have to be ready for. When an accident occurs, from a minor sideswipe to a major collision, everyone looks to you and your professional experience for leadership, guidance, and assistance. You and your company will fall under the scrutiny of law enforcement and, quite possibly, the media at large. This means you must carefully consider your reactions and be prepared for all occurrences. It is up to you and your company to develop a plan detailing what to do, and just as important, what not to do should you ever find yourself in this situation. Knowing and following the instructions presented in our completely updated, quick-to-digest “How Motorcoach Drivers Can Manage An Accident Scene” video series will help you deal with the stress and crises that an accident can bring to you and your company.

Information: (800) 782-8902 x 3307 or [email protected]; https://www.lancerinsurance.com/limousine.php

TEMSA TS 35 and TS 45

This mid-size TS 35 coach offers a luxurious and spacious interior for passengers and driver. Its integral construction ensures a smooth and stable ride while its maneuverability will help you access remote places.

Specs: www.temsa.com/us/en/city/ts-35e

With a 425 HP ISX Cummins engine and Gen 5 B500 Allison transmission, the TS 45 provides raw power and optimum service. The drive train is combined with superb European quality to create a high-quality driving experience.

Specs: www.temsa.com/us/en/coach/ts-45

Information: www.temsa.com

GroundWidgets’ SantaCruz

SantaCruz is a next generation reservation, dispatch, and accounting system used by large and mid-sized ground transportation companies. The platform was designed to lower costs by integrating with the most widely used communication technologies and the industry’s already established corporate booking tools to create a truly unique experience that optimizes and re-engineers all facets of your organization. The system leverages modern technologies that embrace open architectures and flexible work flow tools which enable the system to be fully customizable and feature rich.

Information: www.groundwidgets.com

PAX Chauffeur Training Master Class

Do you have documented safety training for your chauffeurs? If not, your business is at risk. Act now! PAX, the gold standard in chauffeur training, announces the Master Class series for all current and new PAX Members. Following up on the PAX Pyramid of Success, elevate your chauffeurs to be their best selves with advanced training in driving safety, customer service, and personal presentation. Join the hundreds of other operators who train, test, and certify their chauffeurs with PAX. The course is easy to use and apply. See what the power of PAX can do for your business. Information: www.paxtraining.com

Related Topics: ABC Companies, casinos, coachbuilders, Grech Motors, GroundWidgets, hotels, ILCT 2019, industry events, industry vendors, Lancer Insurance, LCT Events, LCT exhibitors, LCT Show, Lincoln, Lincoln-Continental, Mandalay Bay, MCI, motorcoaches, new vehicles, PAX, Santa Cruz, TEMSA Global, Van Hool

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