Motor Coach Industries (MCI) delivered a 2013 MCI J4500 to Apple Valley, Calif.-based Ebmeyer Charter.
The carrier’s newest coach features leather seats, three-point seat belts, wood floors, Wi-Fi, enhanced stereo and just about every other upgrade offered on the model, according to Bruce Ebmeyer, president.
The first major redesign of the model since it was introduced in 2001, the 2013 J4500 also features exterior styling updates that include more dramatic LED headlights and a cleaner rear cap. Inside, it offers performance enhancements that include simpler, more robust multiplexing; brushless motors; and a low-emissions powertrain that also delivers improved fuel economy.
“We waited for the 2013 version,” said Ebmeyer. “It’s a beautiful coach. And we upgraded almost everything that could be upgraded. When our customers board, they’re not expecting wood floors and leather seats. They’re pleasantly pleased.”
Though the company bought the new clean-diesel coach in part to comply with California’s CARB standards, the new J4500 is symbolic of the company’s move to the cutting edge. Key to the company’s growth over the last couple of years has been its use of click advertising and search optimization.
Additionally, Gray Line Tours Tucson/Citizen Auto customized its new 2013 J4500 coach with many of the model’s popular options to make it its own.
“We waited for the redesign to update our fleet and keep it youthful,” said fourth-generation leader TJ Morgan, Jr. “Our passengers are thrilled with it. It’s a good-looking coach. We added a lot of options and updated our graphics to complement Gray Line’s new logo. This is our first coach with clean-diesel engine technology, and we like the improvements we’re seeing in fuel economy.”
The customized interior features wood-like flooring, wood-grain enclosed parcel racks, spacious seating, a state-of-the-art entertainment system with 15-inch, flat-screen monitors, Wi-Fi and 110-volt outlets at each seat. Morgan also opted for a Detroit Diesel engine and three-point seat belts as an extra safety measure to the model’s electronic stability control, fire-suppression and tire pressure monitoring systems that come standard. In addition to the swooping new LED headlights and appealing design, the exterior on Gray Line Tucson’s J4500 sports optional chrome mirrors and wheels along with a new paint scheme.