National Trails Adds New Van Hool CX45 to Fleet.

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National Trails, Inc., of Southfield, MI has taken delivery of a new Van Hool CX45 motorcoach. The regional charter and tour operation currently runs several Van Hool T2100 coaches in the fleet, and this delivery represents the first transaction between ABC and the company’s new owner, Mr. Austin Arksey, who recently acquired the business from the Frank family. The company has provided charter bus rental services in Southeast Michigan for over 35 years, and under the leadership of Mr. Arksey, looks forward to continued growth and market expansion.

The new 56-passenger Van Hool CX45 features many passenger amenities including comfortable passenger seats with USB and 110V outlets, REI Elite HDMI System with six 15.6” monitors, and woodgrain flooring throughout. The new CX45 will be rotated in service to support National’s diverse charter bookings for tour groups, corporate outings, school trips and athletics, nights on the town and more.

Mr. Arksey continues to make enhancements to the operation according to Mr. Pete Bachrach, ABC Senior Account Executive/Midwest Region. “Austin is passionate about the business and the industry”, he said, “We’re excited to support his vision, and believe that his team and company will make an ongoing impact in the market”.  ABC Field Technicians will be conducting new coach orientation and familiarization training to National Trails service mechanics at their Southfield, Michigan location in early September. Additionally, National Trails’ service staff plan to participate in hands-on ABC Tech Training programs offered throughout the year for extensive technical training covering HVAC, electrical wiring, multiplex systems and more. “The relationship begins after the sale”, says Mr. Bachrach, “and ABC is eager to share our knowledge, expertise and ongoing support with parts, service and customer support programs that we make available to help our customers succeed”.

ABC Companies is a leading provider to the transportation industry with diverse product and service offerings that cover a full spectrum of operational needs including new and pre-owned full-size highway coach equipment along with transit specialty vehicles.  ABC supports customers with a comprehensive after sale service network for service and repairs, collision services, extensive OEM and quality aftermarket parts needs for transit, motorcoach and heavy-duty equipment from ten strategically placed locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Additionally, private and municipal financing and leasing options are available through the company’s financial services group – one of the largest financial service providers within the industry.  For more information, contact ABC Companies at 800-222-2875 or visit the company web site at

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