The new H3-45. Photo Courtesy Prevost.
Prevost manufactured its 15,000th vehicle and will showcase the new motorcoach at the American Bus Association Marketplace and the United Motorcoach Association Expo in January.
The 15,000th vehicle is a newly re-designed 2011 H3-45. Being the flagship of the Prevost lineup, the new H-Series conveys the brand values of customer intimacy, premium quality and sound innovation; and it is designed to look the part, according to the company.
The front end of the new H-Series strikingly integrates sound functionality improvements such as the new proprietary headlamps, which deliver the highest halogen light output ever on a Prevost coach. Extra space for a full-size 365 tire has been composed behind the sharply restyled front bumper, making use of the fuel efficient super-single tires even more convenient.
The basic proportions of the H-Series offer passengers the highest and most panoramic view in the industry, making it the ideal coach for sightseeing and enjoyment. Meanwhile, the new sculpted wheel arches are bold yet refined and add character to the coach's expressive and timeless design.
The new proprietary tail lamps show Prevost's commitment to excellence. Their wrap-around surface and integrated automotive reflectors give the coach a luxurious and sophisticated quality. These tail lamps, the largest in the industry, are more visible than ever thanks to modern, long-lasting LED technology and their high location on the coach. Light diffusion is carefully managed to increase side visibility, while amber LEDs make turn signals stand out for maximum safety.
The clean and modern design of the rear section of the coach features a reduced number of air vents made possible by advanced air-flow management in the engine compartment. The unique full-width engine door and top panel door provide superior access to mechanical components for your convenience. Crisp vertical character lines visually integrate the doors into an elegant and well proportioned volume.
Prevost AWARE introduces innovative new safety features that advance Prevost's commitment to safety:
Adaptive Cruise - When cruise control is on, AWARE automatically adjusts the cruise speed of the coach to maintain a safe following distance, taking into consideration the position of the vehicle ahead. The system automatically returns the coach to the original cruise speed when it is safe to do so. AWARE will decrease speed to try to maintain adequate distance and, if the system realizes that this intervention will not be sufficient, it will activate the Impact Alert to tell the driver to apply full braking.
Impact Alert - This feature will alert the driver if the distance between coach and vehicle ahead closes too quickly, giving the driver an opportunity to take action. Impact Alert is always active and protecting the coach (in cruise or not).
Following Distance Alert - Reminds the driver to keep a safe following distance by indicating when the coach is following too closely to the vehicle ahead.
The new H-Series also includes the Volvo's D13 engine, which has been tested to provide superior low-end performance; smooth, quiet operation and high fuel economy. The 2010 D13 engine's unparalleled SCR system provides improved fuel efficiency over previous D13 engines.