Luxury Coach & Transportation

March 2015

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LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR MARCH 2015 23 cently, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The larger capacity buses have created a new niche in group transportation, with Grech Motors' 40- and 45-foot Freightlin- ers earning favorable reputations for their sleek design, quality craftsmanship, and high-end standard features. Characteristics of Class There are a number of notable design fea- tures on Grech Motors buses that make them stand out on the road, which Grech says was the plan from the outset. When the new design premiered two years ago, the idea was to create a top-quality ve- hicle unlike any other on the market. One of the most distinguishable fea- tures is the large, panoramic front viewing window on the front of each shuttle. The window has a utility and trade dress pat- ent held by Grech (U.S. Patent # D708557). The idea behind the design was to rec- reate the view passengers have with the Commitment to Quality The dedication to building a great prod- uct permeates throughout the Grech Mo- tors team. John Beck, who has worked with Grech for three decades, says Grech Motors vehicles stand out from the rest because of the company's organized in- frastructure — from beginning to end. From the initial design concept to the selection of products chosen to install on the bus, everything is done with top- quality intention. "It's in every little thing we do," Beck says. "We don't cut any corners when it comes to the quality of materials we use." Across the array of Grech Motors mod- els, the consistent thread is a commitment to high-caliber craftsmanship on each bus, and an after-sale customer service strategy that ensures operators keep their vehicles running and generating income. Beck constantly talks to operators to get their feedback on how vehicles per- form in the feld. "They'll give examples on specifc de- tails we'll talk about and make better," he says. "We don't operate the vehicles, so what happens after three years? What can we do to improve and progress? We go over every detail." Customer feedback fows directly to the company's manufacturing experts, head of R&D David Reagan and produc- tion manager Louie Alvarez. This allows for the refnement of existing vehicles and creation of new models, such as the GM36 and GM45 buses built on the Freightliner M2 chassis. In addition to these two new models, Grech Motors offers multiple models to luxury bus and motorcoach operators: the GM28 F-450, GM33 F-550, GM40 F-650, GM40 Freightliner, and most re- Grech Motors' rock star team of industry veterans: (back row L to R), George Lee, Ed Grech, AJ Thurber, and John Beck, (front row L to R) Tina Clark, Rene Martinez, Michael Campos, Marty Vitelli, Kaye Marseilles, and Larry Olivarez. Top: This GM 36 F-650 shows the smooth aircraft grade aluminum side paneling found on all Grech Motors vehicles. Center: Two Freightliner M2 buses sit on either side of Grech's smallest vehicle, a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Shuttle. Bottom: The Mercedes Sprinter features a high-end limo interior design, with illuminated bar and recessed high-defnition Apple TV. ABOVE PHOTOGRAPHY: TIM CROWLEY, LCT SENIOR EDITOR Vehicle capacities Sprinter Shuttle ..12-pax Sprinter Limo .....12-pax GM28 ................... up to 24 passengers GM33 ................... up to 28 passengers GM36 ................... up to 36 passengers GM40 ................... up to 42 passengers GM45 ................... up to 51 passengers Photography and Production: Lyle Okihara; Furniture supplied by: Marc Pridmore Designs, Costa Mesa, CA;

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