Van Hool NV and its exclusive distributor in North America ABC Companies launched two new coach models on the American market

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Koningshooikt, Belgium / Winter Garden, Fl, USA, 29-11-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — Van Hool NV, an independent manufacturer of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles, and ABC Companies, Van Hool’s exclusive distributor in North America, are launching two new coach models on the American market, the Van Hool TX and the CX. This product launch, which will take place at Winter Garden, Florida, USA, adds lustre to the 25th anniversary celebrations of this collaboration between Van Hool and ABC Companies (in which Van Hool owns a 35% stake).

“The introduction of 2 new coach models on the North American market clearly demonstrates our commitment to our customers. Together with ABC Companies, our distribution partner, we keep our finger firmly on the pulse of the North American market and are able to respond immediately to its demands,” says Filip Van Hool, CEO at Van Hool NV. “That has led to us making significant investments in the building of a new production plant in Macedonia. Construction of this factory started exactly one year ago and there we mainly produce the vehicles for the American market. Today it gives us great pleasure to present the result at Winter Garden in Florida.”

“North American operators face a myriad of business challenges — from complying with changing safety mandates and maximizing equipment performance to optimising total cost of ownership and reducing maintenance and downtime,” states Dane Cornell, Chairman and CEO, ABC Companies. “The revamp of our flagship T and C coach models reflects a committed strategic shift in Van Hool product development, designed to more closely align our equipment offering with our customers’ priorities.”

The new product introductions offer retooled designs that integrate a host of new safety, performance, and passenger features (many as standard offerings) with an evolved body styling and quality fit and finish details.

New Van Hool TX 40’ & 45’ Coach Standard Feature Highlights:
For high-end tour operators, the new TX 40’ & 45’ coach models integrate global leader Van Hool’s most advanced European technology and design, now offering many new standard features including these highlights:
• Taller overall height (12’ 2-1/4”) expands underfloor baggage capacity to 464.39 cu. ft.
• Baggage door seals mounted on luggage doors for less maintenance
• Detroit Diesel DD13 (450 HP) EPA 2013 Engine
• Goodyear Marathon LHS II + HL 315/80 R22.5 tires
• Power driver’s toll-window, heated, with tinted tempered glass
• New passenger courtesy shelves in restroom back wall
• Exterior lighting upgraded to include integrated light clusters and daytime running lights and static aiming lights integrated in front bumper
• Interior LED light strips cover full length of ceiling left and right
• Standard back-up camera with in-dash display
• 56 Van Hool Bodyline reclining passenger seats offer straighter back cushions and headrests, plus 2 up-folding armrests (fixed on wall side) and 3-point seat belts FMVSS 210 compliant

• Daytime Running Lights
• Static Aiming Lights
• Kidde Fire Suppression System
• Back-up Camera
• 3-point Seat Belts FMVSS 210

New Van Hool CX 45’ Coach Highlights:
The new CX45 offers a significant style upgrade and includes a wide range of expanded passenger and driver-friendly features for tours, charters and commuter operators including:
• Updated front and rear bumpers featuring integrated light clusters at headlight and taillight positions, and added daytime running lights
• LED luggage compartment lighting
• Detroit Diesel DD13 (EPA2013) engine
• Goodyear Marathon LHS II +HL 315/80 R22.5 tires
• Eberspacher Hydronic L30 Auxiliary heater
• Upgraded Driver Seat – ISRI 6800/348 (US, self-levelling/adjustable air suspension, plus adjustable arm and headrest, 3-point automatic seat belt)
• 56 seats/Van Hool Bodyline reclining passenger seats w/straighter back cushion and headrest, spring-loaded footrests, 2 up-folding armrests (fixed at wall side)and 3-point seat belts FMVSS 210 compliant


• Daytime Running Lights
• Static Aiming Lights
• Kidde Fire Suppression
• Back-up Camera
• 3-Point Seat Belts FMVSS 210

Van Hool is a Belgian independent bus, coach and industrial vehicle manufacturer. The company, established in 1947, is based in Koningshooikt (Belgium). The vast majority of the vehicles produced are destined for Europe and America. Van Hool employs more than 4,000 people worldwide.

ABC Companies is a leading provider to the transportation industry with diverse product and service offerings that cover a full spectrum of operational needs including new and pre-owned full size highway coach equipment, mid-size shuttle transport vehicles, and advanced design heavy duty transit equipment. 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, motor coach and heavy-duty equipment from 11 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. For more information, contact ABC Companies at 800-222-2875 or visit the company web site at


For further information please contact:
Dirk Snauwaert, Public Relations Manager at Van Hool, Bernard Van Hoolstraat 58, B2500 Lier (Koningshooikt), Belgium. Tel: +32 (0)3 420 22 12; Mobile: +32 (0)499 555 032; e-mail:


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