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Taller vans fill company fleet of shuttle vehicles

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EDWARDS — Colorado Mountain Express is making a significant change to its fleet of shuttle vehicles by adding 20 new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans to its fleet. The addition of the new vans, plus the nine acquired during the previous two years, will make CME’s fleet of Sprinter vans the largest in Colorado. A release from the company claims the new vehicles will both lessen its environmental impact and enhance the experience for guests.

The vans will consume less fuel and reduce emissions because of Mercedes’ “clean diesel” technology, called “BlueEFFICIENCY” and “BlueTEC.” The new technologies use smaller engines that claim to deliver more power with increased fuel economy and reduced emissions. For CME, this means that the Sprinter vans use six fewer gallons of fuel on the round-trip between Breckenridge and Denver.

To ensure these new vehicles meet CME’s performance standards, the company put an initial test fleet of nine Sprinters through 24 months of testing in various applications and seating configurations. The company also collected and evaluated environmental performance data during the test period.

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“We were very excited by what we saw in terms of the performance of this vehicle over the course of the test period,” said Robert Tschupp, the company’s vice president and general manager. “CME conducts thorough testing before making any kind of a change, whether it’s tires, ski racks or the fluids we use in our engines. So moving to the Sprinter from a vehicle we have been using for over 30 years required significant consideration.”

The benefits of a larger Sprinter fleet help the guest experience by allowing for interior storage of ski and snowboard gear, improved seating for up to 12 guests, a quieter ride due to a smoother-shifting transmission (which is most noticeable when climbing mountain passes) and larger windows to take in the views along the way.

“We really like the improvement to the guest experience provided by the Sprinter,” said John Dawsey, director of sales and marketing for CME. “The significant increase in headroom and legroom in these vehicles, combined with the more individualized seating details such as individual headrests, make for a much more comfortable ride.”

To learn more, go to http://www.colorado mountainexpress.com.

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