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Coach Builder Prevost Launches New Website

October 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Prevost, the leading North American manufacturer of premium touring coaches and conversion coaches for high-quality motorhomes, has launched a new website designed for the motorhome market. The new website is at http://motorhome.prevostcar.com/.

The new site presents all aspects of the “Prevost Difference” – the lifestyle of Prevost owners, the commitment to quality of the people who make the finest motorhomes in the world and the talented converter partners who customize Prevost motorhomes to customers’ specifications, according to a news release. In addition, the site highlights Prevost’s commitment to service.

“This new site is a user-friendly environment for those interested in Prevost motorhomes, giving them a chance to explore everything we have to offer,” said Mike Power, director of marketing communications. “At Prevost we are constantly looking for ways to improve upon the customer’s experience, and the new website is no exception to that commitment.”

One of the many unique features of the site is the “Adventures” series, which gives owners a chance to share the experiences they have had with their Prevost. To kick off the website, Prevost showcases Fall Color Tours and a tailgating adventure at the University of Michigan. Additional adventures, places to see and places to stay will be incorporated as the site grows.

Visitors can share their own Prevost adventures through the company’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Prevost/185461153519?ref=ts.

About Prevost

Prevost is a leading manufacturer of premium intercity touring coaches and the world leader in the production of conversion coaches for high-end motorhome and specialty conversion. Owned by Volvo Bus Corp., it has access to the financial strength, research capability, and manufacturing expertise of the group. Volvo Bus Corp. is part of the Volvo Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of heavy-duty diesel engines. Prevost has its main manufacturing facilities in Sainte-Claire, Quebec, Canada, and has seven parts and service centers located in the United States and Canada.

Prevost has met the stringent quality and environmental standards to achieve ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification. It was the first motor coach manufacturer to achieve ISO 9001 certification and is the only manufacturer to achieve ISO 14001 certification.

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Asset Auction Set for Bankrupt Country Coach

January 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Lawyers for Country Coach Holdings LLC, its landlord and the government cleared the way Tuesday (Jan. 26) for the defunct RV maker’s assets to be sold at auction next week.

The Junction City, Ore., company is in Chapter 7 bankruptcy, meaning everything it owns — from office furniture to industrial equipment as well as motorcoaches — must be sold off to pay creditors, according to The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore.

In this case, Wells Fargo Bank is the main secured creditor, meaning it gets paid first when Country Coach’s personal property is sold. If anything is left over, then other creditors would get paid.

Wells Fargo was owed more than $8.4 million when Country Coach filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year. The Chapter 7 trustee, Ken Eiler, has estimated the auction will bring in more than $5 million. The auction is scheduled for Feb. 4 at the Country Coach plant.

The bank has agreed to set aside $200,000 to cover costs associated with administering the auction and winding down the company.

Country Coach owes Lane County about $100,000 in property taxes, and Wells Fargo and Lee Joint Venture, which owns much of the property on which the Country Coach plant sits, are working to pay off the tax debt, Eiler said.

Eiler has hired Commercial Industrial Auctions to conduct the auction with help from Hilco Industrial.

Four bus shells built by a third party will be omitted from the auction because of a dispute over who owns them.

Prevost, a Canadian manufacturer of bus chassis, said it provided Country Coach with four of its bus shells, valued at $500,000 each, but has never been paid. Under its business agreement with Prevost, Country Coach normally would take the shells on consignment, convert them into luxury motorcoaches and pay Prevost when it sold the coaches.

Christopher Kayser, a Portland attorney representing Prevost, said Wells Fargo is not entitled to the four bus shells because Country Coach never owned them. Wilson Muhlheim, a Eugene lawyer representing Wells Fargo, said Prevost allowed its security interest in the shells to lapse.

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