The automaker appears to be phasing out the touch-sensitive panels that bedeviled earlier generations of CUE.
The roof system, which replaces the factory upper walls and roof, converts a bus into a mobile panoramic touring machine. The glass 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.
Representatives from Meridian and Caleche displayed a video of the revolutionary vehicle at their exhibit March 16-18 on the trade show floor during the International LCT Show in Las Vegas.
VIDEO AVAILABLE HERE ON CALECHE WEBSITE
Tour companies, amusement parks, attraction operators and even hotels throughout Europe have been clamoring for the product. “As perfectionists, we didn't want to expand our footprint into the North American market until we felt the product was absolutely perfected for the rigors of the market,” said Robin Verachtert, Caleche's sales manager, in a statement. “We're thrilled to have matured the product and have undergone extensive third-party testing over the last five years to the point where we have absolutely no doubts it will perform perfectly from Glacier National Park to Las Vegas.”
The patented glass top convertible roof system will be installed by Meridian from knock-down kits shipped from The Netherlands and available in North America on the 144-in. wheelbase 2500 model Sprinter and the 170-in. extended wheelbase 3500 model Sprinter in 8-to-20 passenger configurations and with multiple entry door options. Heavy duty air conditioning systems, auxiliary heating systems and a unique inflatable air seal system ensure passengers will stay dry and comfortable year-round and in any climate.
“We have been discussing opportunities with Caleche for the last four years and watching the product mature. We're thrilled to have been selected to represent the product in Canada, U.S. and Mexico,” said David Ronsen, President and CEO of Meridian. “The experience of riding in a Sprinter fitted with the glass top (open or closed) is indescribable. It is truly exhilarating. The glass top system 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, tour companies will now have a platform from which they can distinguish themselves from their competition and provide a one-of-a-kind, simply awesome touring experience for the masses or for their most exclusive clientele and in any climate, season or weather condition.”
The first North American glass top Sprinters have already completed all necessary safety testing and will be available for sale in coming months through Meridian's bus dealer network.
Information: Meridian Specialty Vehicles
Source: Meridian Specialty Vehicles
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