San Diego Company Buys Motorcoaches From ABC

Posted on July 10, 2017

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Sun Diego Charter and its Anaheim based companion company, Sun Express, have taken delivery of four new Van Hool CX45 luxury coaches from ABC Companies, Van Hool’s exclusive US distributor.

Founded in 1997 by Bev and Rich Illes, with two minibuses and two MC-9's, the companies now operate a combined fleet of 90 coaches in the San Diego and Los Angeles markets.

Sun Diego Charter continues to grow in its local market with a diverse mix, including 41 scheduled routes to casinos, contract, school/university, and general charter services. It recently opened a modern facility in Anaheim, CA, to help expand its brand (Sun Express Charter Co.) into the Orange County, Los Angeles, and Riverside County regions.

“We were acquired by All Aboard America! Holdings, LLC in 2014, and that has actually enhanced our ability to offer first rate transportation,” President Rich Illes said. “We’ve kept our great reputation and unique identity, while continuing to offer the close personal relationships and quality service customers expect from a local company, but now backed by the resources of a regional powerhouse. Our favorite part of the business has always been serving customers, and now that we have a parent organization doing much of the administrative work, we can devote more time to taking care of our clientele.”

In addition to Sun Diego, AAH! LLC has operations in Arizona, Texas and New Mexico (All Aboard America!), Denver (Ace Express), and Louisiana (Hotard Coaches).

“ABC Companies and Charlie Walser have always gone above and beyond whenever we’ve needed anything, and our customers and drivers love the Van Hool coaches," Illes said. We’ve enjoyed a close relationship, and feel they have contributed a great deal to our growth.”

“We saw the Illes as winners from the get-go," said Charlie Walser of ABC Sales. "They’ve really ‘upped the game’ in their market. Sun Diego is great at maintaining relationships with their customers and they run one of the largest, most modern fleets in Southern California. We’re proud to be part of their success.”

The 56-passenger ADA-compliant coaches are powered by Cummins ISX engines coupled to Allison B500 Gen4 transmission, and boast Grande Lux seating, woodgrain flooring, REI Elite entertainment systems, WiFi and 110 volt outlets, as well as Van Hool’s unique rear passenger window. 

All four coaches incorporate Van Hool safety features including three-point seatbelts, backup camera, lane departure warning, antilock brakes, Smartwave Tire Pressure Monitoring, Kidde Fire Suppression Systems, automatic stability control, daytime running lights, curbside lighting, and adaptive static aiming lights.

About ABC

ABC Companies provides diverse vehicles that cover a full spectrum of operational needs, including new and pre-owned full size highway coach equipment and specialty vehicles.  ABC supports customers with a comprehensive after sale service network for service and repairs, collision services, extensive OEM, and quality aftermarket parts needs for transit, motorcoach, and heavy-duty equipment from nine strategically placed locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Additionally, private and municipal financing and leasing options are available through the company's financial services group – one of the largest financial service providers within the industry. Information: (800) 222-2875;

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