Luxury Coach & Transportation

March 2019

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8 LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION MARCH 2019 WWW.LCTMAG.COM Stats, facts, faces, and products from the chauffeured luxury and motorcoach transportation industries. LuxuryTransportation Scene 3.19 BY THE NUMBERS FOR MORE NEWS GO TO LCTMAG.COM AND FIND LATE BREAKING E-NEWS AND BLOGS ABOUT THE INDUSTRY. Vehicles and fleet-related products are among the most sought after on the market floor of the International LCT Show. Here are some trends in telematics and SUVs, which are increasingly defining luxury fleets. Telematics Commercial fleet adoption of telematics systems is expected to increase to 20 million units in three years from the 13 million units due to the growing popularity of GPS fleet and asset management systems and interest in video-based products to manage drivers, says an industry analyst. (Source: Automotive Fleet) SUVs are popular because of seating capacity, safety, cargo capacity, winter driving, off-roading capabilities (Source: Thought Co.) Verizon Connect remains the largest provider of fleet telematics systems with about 1.7 million units in service in the U.S. Other top providers include Geotab, which reached 1 million units in service in 2018, and Fleet Complete, an AT&T partner that's among the largest providers in the U.S. GPS Insight is another player that counts about 140,000 units in service in the U.S. (Source: Automotive Fleet) 66%: Share of fleets that recouped their investment in fleet management systems, according to the 2017-18 Survey of Fleet Operator Interest in a MRM Systems and Services study. More than 500 U.S. fleet companies with five to 10,000+ vehicles participated. By 2022, LMC Automotive estimates 84% of General Motors vehicles sold in the U.S. will be a truck or SUV. Ford's ratio of domestic SUV and truck sales will hit 90% ; Fiat Chrysler's will notch a whopping 97% . Sedans started disappearing from the U.S. car market in 2008. Fueling the trend are low gas prices, a stronger economy, and dramatic improvements in the design of SUVs and trucks. (Source: CNBC) PEOPLE & OPERATIONS COLORADO OPERATION ADDS WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE VEHICLES LONGMONT, Colo. — Eight Black Transport, the 2017 LCT Operator of the Year Award winner in the one to 10 vehicle category, launched its mobility division on Jan. 28, adding two Mercedes-Benz Metris WAVs (wheelchair accessible vehicles) to its fleet. The Metris van is based on the global Vito platform and offers the same safety and comfort features Mercedes-Benz vehicles are known for. As per Eight Black standards, the Metris mobility vehicle is fitted with 110v power outlets, fast commercial grade Wi-Fi, multiple fire extinguishers, an extensive First Aid kit, and an AED (defibrilla- tor). The vehicle has curtain airbags along the entire length of the van, as well as the standard front and side passenger airbags. One of the vehicles will be based in Denver and the other in Northern Colorado. "The Metris, fully converted to handle a wheelchair, retains all the structural integrity of the passenger cell, complies fully Eight Black owner Simon Chen with one of the Metris mobility vehicles. Continued on pg 10 PHOTO: GETTYIMAGES.COM/METAMORWORKS

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