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January 2013

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CH Bus Sales and Temsa Going to any length for you by Larry Plachno Vandalia Bus Lines in the St. Louis, Missouri area originally purchased a Temsa TS 35 for transporting smaller groups on longer trips. It worked out so well that they came back and purchased two more. Now, they are expecting delivery of their fourth TS 35 in early 2013. VANDALIA BUS LINES. E arly 2013 finds Temsa coaches in a unique position on the North American market. Their 35-foot TS 35 model has been available since 2008. It not only has been increasing in sales but also has developed an enviable reputation for reliability, durability and big coach amenities for smaller groups, making Temsa the leader in this market. Late 2012 saw the first regular deliveries of the 30-foot Temsa TS 30 model that becomes the shortest integral coach on the North American market. As an integral coach, it retains big coach features and amenities and applies them to smaller groups, further enhancing Temsa's position in the integral mid-size coach market. 28 • National Bus Trader / January, 2013 Now, CH Bus Sales is introducing the 45foot Temsa TS 45 in early 2013 and has started taking orders. As a result, they will now be offering coaches of three different lengths to meet operator needs. Here is a little bit of the background on Temsa and their products. Temsa is one of the largest bus builders in Turkey. In recent years, Turkey has become a major world-class bus production center and has become increasingly important in worldwide bus production. Expectations are that in the near future, Turkey may supply 50 percent of Europe's bus needs and is increasingly exporting to other countries. Turkey now produces more buses and coaches than any other country in Europe. MAN from Germany first got involved with building buses in Turkey in 1966 and built a new factory near Ankara in 1986. Today, NEOMAN builds approximately 2,000 buses and coaches in Turkey annually. MercedesBenz buses were first built in Turkey in 1967. In recent years a new factory was built at Hosdere, west of Istanbul. It was expanded in 2005 and today has the capacity to build 4,000 buses and coaches annually. Busworld recognized Turkey's importance in bus manufacturing when the Busworld Turkey show was created in 2007. Temsa was founded by and is owned by Sabanci Holding, the second-largest conglomerate in Turkey. Sabanci owns 70 companies that employ approximately 45,000 employees. It also owns a bank and a university. Originally founded in 1968, Temsa

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