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Chrysler / RAM ProMaster Passenger Van Introduced

PromasterLas Vegas, NV, USA, February 5, 2014.  The first RAM ProMaster passenger van will be unveiled next week by Chrysler Group at LCT West, the International Limousine, Charter and Tour show held in Las Vegas, NV.  The 15-passenger model, produced by Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc., a Las Vegas, NV-based mid-size bus and passenger van manufacturer, is built on the 1-ton, 159”-Extended wheelbase model van.

The RAM ProMaster van, an upgraded North American version of the popular European Fiat Ducato, recently arrived at U.S. and Canadian RAM dealer lots as a cargo-only van.  Meridian’s passenger conversion is the first of its kind, designed specifically to provide an affordable, comfortable and spacious riding experience for a wide range of commercial passenger van applications.  Meridian will offer several models in different wheelbases, weight ratings, trim levels, and passenger seating configurations.  The cavernous interior accommodates an additional 18”-30” of passenger/cargo space over the longest Ford passenger van, three additional seats over the largest Mercedes Benz Sprinter passenger van, a massive 49-inch by 70-inch side sliding entry door, standard aisle-row configured seating and an unprecedented best-in-class 74-inch finished interior ceiling height, ensuring ample space that is accessible and comfortable.  At a mere 22-inches, the ProMaster passenger van has the lowest entry height floor of any competitor, allowing safe and easy passenger and luggage loading and unloading.

Standard upfit features include rear heat and air conditioning, a durable composite interior paneling system, shoulder-style seatbelts and commercial-grade laminated flooring.  The display van also includes optional leatherette seating, backup camera, painted front bumpers and an automatic power entry step.  Meridian offers a wide variety of other safety and comfort options to attract the interests of virtually any commercial van operator.

“We are very excited about building our front-line passenger van on the RAM ProMaster platform, primarily because of the availability of upfitter-friendly and user desirable features such as front wheel drive, low floor height, tall ceiling, highly efficient gasoline, CNG and diesel engine options to name a few”, says David Ronsen, President and CEO of Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc., “The ProMaster is the North American variant of one of the best-selling vans overseas, having sold millions of units worldwide over the last 30 years.  Current plans call for over 20 variations of the ProMaster as passenger vans, mobility vans, shuttle buses and paratransit buses to service our limousine, senior care center, hotel shuttle, van rental, airport parking, NEMT, transit, tour bus, church van and even prisoner transport client requirements.  Chrysler’s willingness to work with and support its upfitters has been very well received and if recent months of collaboration and dealer product interest are any indication, our partnership with Chrysler and the ProMaster will be a huge success.”

Meridian will distribute the ProMaster passenger van and other ProMaster-based products exclusively through the Chrysler RAM dealer network and Meridian’s commercial bus dealer network.

The 15-Passenger ProMaster Passenger Van can be seen at LCT in the Chrysler booth (Booth # “N”).

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Mid-Size Luxury Motorcoach Introduced by Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc.

Meridian Tourismo Photo 287324TLas Vegas, NV, USA, February 3, 2014.  Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc., a Las Vegas, Nevada based Mercedes Benz-approved bus manufacturer will be unveiling its new Sprinter-based “Tourismo” mid-sized luxury motorcoach bus product line next week simultaneously at both the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) Expo in Los Angeles, CA and the International Limousine, Charter and Tour (LCT) Show in Las Vegas, NV.

The high-end Tourismo is Meridian’s newest in a growing number of product offerings on the popular and eco-friendly Mercedes-Benz Sprinter platform, designed specifically for tour, charter and limousine operators.

The Tourismo’s standard 6-foot interior ceiling height, 24-foot overall length, multiple high-end European-style reclining seating configurations including bench, booth or forward-facing arrangements, individual overhead air controls and reading lights, PA system, LED mood and cabin lighting, wood grain commercial flooring, video system, over-sized ducted air conditioning and heating, integrated backup camera, skylights and more, truly redefines luxury travel in a mid-sized platform.

Available options normally reserved exclusively for the Tourismo’s behemoth brothers and sisters include mobile Wi-Fi, fire suppression system, infotainment solutions, 110 Volt/USB passenger power outlets, privacy curtains, tire pressure monitoring, even fully-equipped lavatories.  In all, over 100 options are available to customize every bus for each operator’s individual tastes and requirements for comfort and safety.

“With best-in-class 11,030-pound GVWR, incredibly smooth, quiet and comfortable ride quality and ultra-efficient and notoriously long-lasting diesel engines, the Mercedes Benz Sprinter was our immediate platform choice for the Tourismo mid-size tour bus to answer to our charter clients’ ongoing demand for a sub-20 passenger luxury touring coach”, said David Ronsen, President and CEO of Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc., “Tour guests have become accustomed to high-end accommodations and tour operators are expected to provide luxurious buses, regardless of group size.  Until now, operators have had few options other than to operate 40-, 50- or even 60-passenger coaches for a fifteen passenger group.  When calculating associated fuel and maintenance costs, that practice simply doesn’t add up.  The Tourismo solves the problem with a very cost-effective, fully-equipped mini tour bus that achieves an astounding 300+ passenger miles per gallon.  Operators will love the best-in-class amenities, including our exclusive luggage bay door and storage system and their passengers will love the privacy and panoramic views provided by the Sprinter’s ample, narrow-framed windows and Meridian’s exclusive glass plug door.”

The Tourismo will be on display at Meridian’s booth at UMA (booth # 1425) and at Creative Bus Sales’ booth at LCT (both #94).

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With a lot of time, engineering, and elbow grease Meridian Specialty Vehicles has become the leader in building specialty vehicles without a generator.  With the latest solar and battery technology we are building the best Eco-friendly vehicles on the market.

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