Temsa stretches out in North America
CH Bus Sales unveils the 45-foot TS 45 to complete the set
By David Hubbard
CH Bus Sales Inc., Faribault, MN, introduced the anxiously awaited 45-foot Temsa TS 45 in January during ABA Marketplace in Nashville, TN. The presentation to North American operators continued with an encore appearance one month later in Los Angeles, CA, during UMA Motorcoach EXPO 2014.
From the exhibit floor, executives from CH Bus Sales and Temsa Global spoke to their two years of planning, development and production of the new model TS 45 built specifically for the North American coach market.
“We have a great partnership with Temsa,” says Duane Geiger, executive VP, Sales /Service, CH Bus Sales. “The commitment to the U.S. market is evident in this new 45-foot coach.”
Omer Sozutek, International Relations and Business, Temsa Global spoke to operator needs.
“They are looking for durability, attractiveness, comfort, safety and economy,” he said , “We are confident the TS 45 will satisfy U.S. coach operators.”
According to Tim Vaught, vice president, Sales, Service and Product Development, CH Bus Sales will make TS 45 demo coaches available in April with deliveries on early orders planned for July and August.
“Temsa places tremendous focus on quality, durability and safety,” says Vaught. “Drivers and passengers will enjoy a phenomenal coach with this experience in this new TS 45.”
The 57-passenger coach features Temsa’s trademark stainless steel integral monocoque frame, a Cummins-Allison powertrain with 425 HP ISX-EPA 2013 engine and B500 Generation 5 transmission. Standard features include LED headlights, a six-cylinder Bitzer HVAC compressor and automatic convector system for the passenger compartment, an ISRI driver’s seat, and three-point seat belts.
In addition to ABS, ATC, ESC and RSC, key safety features that come standard include lane departure warning, tire pressure monitoring, engine fire suppression, rear-parking sensor, and brake pad-wear monitoring.
CH Bus Sales says Vandalia Bus Lines, Caseyville, IL, is the first coach operator to order the TS 45, which will round out its Temsa offering that includes one 30-foot TS 30 and four 35-foot TS 35s. Van Hool and Temsa comprises the entirety of Vandalia’s fleet of 59 coaches.
According to Vandalia President Dale Streif, this next Temsa acquisition carries on somewhat of a tradition within the company. He says his father, Leon Streif, bought the first Van Hool coach that came into the country from Clancey Cornell.
“It just makes sense for us to be at the front of the line for the next new coach,” Streif says. “We knew everyone at CH Bus Sales before they joined with Temsa Global, and we’ve been very pleased with the quality and performance of our TS 35s and TS 30 coaches over the last three years.”