“One of the things we are known for on our 6 door limousine is that the GPS navigation comes standard in the vehicles, which is something our competitors do not offer,” says Hurst.
As the shift towards cremation grows in popularity, the market for specialty vehicles has had to work to design vehicles that include cremation services.
“The constant challenge for us to figure out how we fit in an industry when cremation is always growing. We’ve worked hard to design around the incorporation of cremation services within our vehicles,” explains Hurst.
With Eagle and Federal vehicles, customers have come to expect innovative design and quality in every aspect. Year after year, the vehicles offer a quality traditional exterior with the same well known interior. The newly designed interior for 2017 will really put the Eagle and Federal Coach vehicle lineup ahead of the competition. Thus far, Eagle and Federal Coach have been recognized in the industry as leaders in overall quality, style, innovation and customer satisfaction and 2017 will be no different.
“With our new interiors, we will really stand apart from our competition with our 2017 lineup. In the past few years, we have really advanced when it comes to lighting features inside the cars. This has given the cars a much warmer and lighter feel overall and highlights the casket in any type of outdoor light,” says Hurst.
Rosewood Classic Coach was created by Richard Neal, a fourth generation funeral Director and embalmer with a passion for classic cars and professional vehicles. As a child growing up in a small town funeral home, his father Bob Neal bought and sold used funeral cars as a way to support the funeral home during slow times. Today Rosewood Classic Coach has grown into one of the most unique options for funeral homes when it comes to specialty vehicles.
“The funeral industry is an ever evolving industry that will always balance the fine line between service and profitability. In today’s world of the internet, the informed consumer, third party sellers, cremation, and the emerging “green” funeral movement, it only makes sense that we – like our customers – seek out the most for our money, and begin making business decisions that look beyond a 5 year purchase cycle, and seek out long term solutions. I feel that it is time that the funeral industry has a true ‘purpose built’ professional car,” explains Richard Neal, Owner and Creator of Rosewood Classic Coach.
With this mentality, Rosewood Classic Coach was able to develop a truly timeless design and create a stunning vehicle that stands out from their competition and blurs the line between vehicle innovation and fine art.
“The Rosewood Classic Coach’s chassis is design based upon that of Chevrolet truck components and features a timeless design that isn’t offered anywhere else in the industry,” says Neal.
With a design that stays relevant year after year, this allows funeral directors to break their lease purchase cycle and buy a car that will never go out of style. The heavy duty truck chassis components provide a strong base for a car that is an unbelievably powerful marketing tool that makes financial sense.
“All of our cars offer the latest and greatest fuel injection, overdrive and emission technology that GM has to offer. We also use composite bodies which are impervious to rust and heavy duty, powdercoated frame rails. We then delicately outfit the exterior with the customer’s unique brand of colors, logos, gold leaf, and embellishments to make a memorable tribute vehicle,” explains Neal.
All Rosewood Classic Coaches are built on a nearly indestructible custom chassis featuring the best of GM truck components and engineering. Because Rosewood Classic Coach custom designs their proprietary chassis, they have the ability to incorporate ergonomic storage compartments for the church trucks in the rear as well as a huge – but discreet – 1000lb capacity, pullout drawer concealed neatly underneath the passenger side casket floor. Rosewood’s use of a rugged chassis, composite bodies and stainless steel bright work will ensure that customer’s brand icon & trademark remains a timeless heirloom for decades to come.
New for 2017, is the Grand Vista window design. This window is floor to ceiling, features 7-foot arched glass, and combines the best styling elements from the traditional horse drawn hearse carriage with the golden era of automotive design. The Grand Vista is the 6th funeral coach design in Rosewood’s offerings.
“It satisfies my soul knowing what a difference our vehicles make for grieving families – to restore the honor and grandeur that much of our industry has misplaced, and to create enduring, powerful memory pictures for not only the families, but as brand icons for their owners.” Richard Neal
Rosewood Classic Coaches are custom made to your colors and specifications by the finest craftsmen. Production is limited. For more information you may contact Rosewood Classic Coach at 501-477-2229 or visit them at www.rosewoodclassiccoach.com. FBA
Since FCA invented the minivan over 30 years ago, a lot has changed. This year FCA is taking the time to reinvent that iconic brand staple.
“Over the years, our Chrysler and Dodge minivans have won more awards than any other minivans in the industry. We’ve introduced 78 minivan innovations. Things like dual sliding doors, Stow ‘n Go seating and front passenger airbags are all things developed by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) that were firsts in the industry. Chrysler is known as the inventor of the minivan segment, and we want to continue to be recognized as such, so this year we wanted to focus on reinventing the segment with the all-new Chrysler Pacifica” explained Matt McAlear, Senior Manager for Chrysler Brand Product Marketing.
The new Pacifica has had more research and development put into it than any other vehicle has ever had in the history of the FCA vehicle line.
“We went out and spoke with our owner base, which is extremely loyal, to see what they wanted out of the next generation minivan. We also talked with people who bought competitive vehicles to see why they chose other vans in the past. Lastly, we did a lot of research looking in to why current SUV owners had left the minivan segment. All of this research helped us create a completely new vehicle from the ground up. The entirely new architecture, created solely for the Pacifica, makes it, not only the best minivan, but also one of the best vehicles in the industry and in the world,” said McAlear.
Since its launch in January of this year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and from when it went on sale in April, the Pacifica is already the most awarded minivan of the year.