Published on 08.04.2014
According to an update by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), China was in 2013 the largest outbound tourism market for the second year in a row, after surpassing Germany in 2012. A recent report by the Tourist Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences finds that this amounted to 97 million Chinese tourists that traveled abroad for the year. The UNWTO states that Chinese tourists saw an increase in travel expenditure of 28 percent in the first three quarters of 2013.
Published on 15.03.2014
More than two dozen journalists from the specialist press from all over Europe tested PPC intensively on the topographically challenging A6 motorway between Kaiserslautern and Grünstadt. On five days of driving they covered a total of 3120 km. The fuel consumption was precisely recorded using measuring devices. Three new Setra TopClass 500 touring coaches were tested in various versions. The three-axle super-high-deck touring coaches were each realistically loaded to a gross vehicle weight of 21.5 t.
Published on 16.01.2014
Some 75 years ago the first European integral coaches were coming on the road, built by the French bodybuilder Joseph Besset of Annonay. The vehicle was based on a licence acquired from the American company Garwood Industries of Detroit. They had based their concept on the Stout Scarab car, the first chassisless vehicle, developed by airplane designer William Stout.
Published on 19.12.2013
A special eight-month initiative focusing on the safety of motorcoach operations resulted in placing 52 bus companies and 340 vehicles out of service, the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said. Called Operation Quick Strike, the program involved more than 50 specially trained investigators conducting in-depth reviews into the safety practices of the 250 most at-risk motorcoach companies as reflected in roadside inspection and safety data.
Published on 16.12.2013
Coach number 35,300 marks the end of an era: more than 31 years’ production of the Futura Classic. During these 31 years a total of 11,218 Futura Classics were built – a unique achievement in the coach world that no other model even approaches. What’s more, the distinctive, characteristic design of the Futura Classic is still every bit as recognizable as when the first Futura was introduced in 1982.