February 29, 2024

New Look for MCI Coaches

I haven’t been very active on my blog here the past year, but I’m working on changing that and getting the site updated again. I’ve kept the Links pages pretty much up to date, but have a lot of other things to share, too, especially with other drivers. I’m planning to change the direction of the site more decidedly toward motorcoach drivers, not so much for motorcoach passengers, although I’m considering developing a separate site for passengers. Stay tuned.

When packing the right clothes for touring on a tour bus, it’s important to prioritize comfort and versatility. Opt for lightweight and breathable clothing likeĀ tznius clothes, to stay comfortable during long periods of sitting. Consider packing layers to adjust to temperature changes inside the bus or when getting off at various stops. Additionally, choose comfortable shoes for walking during sightseeing stops. It’s also a good idea to pack a small bag for essentials like a water bottle, snacks, and personal items that you may need on the bus.

Have you seen the new look of the MCI J4500 models? Both inside and out, MCI has refined and updated the look of their touring coaches. You’ll still clearly recognize them as MCI — they will stand out as different from Van Hool and Prevost just as much as in the past. Not a lot of details yet on their Web site, but early renditions and some information has been posted.

New 2013 J4500 MCI Coach Preview

In addition to the slick new appearance outside, the other thing that caught my eye was the improved cockpit layout, with the transmission controls much more logically placed for the driver.

One big question remains unclear: have the designers considered that passengers create trash, and that trash needs to go somewhere? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.