L.A. West is a definitive world leader in Lifestyle Enhanced Luxury Coach Design and Haute Couture Automotive Excellence for people in the know. With over three decades of successful engagement in 2nd stage automotive manufacturing; strategic alliances with top tier OEMs like Mercedes-Benz, GM, Ford and Ram Pro Master; over 100,000+ vehicles delivered to satisfied customers all across the globe, our team is well acquainted with what it takes to excel in the competitive luxury automotive industry.
Shuttle buses have become the black blazer of the ground transportation industry: a timeless wardrobe stable that can be dressed up or down for whever setting, with a fit that is always on point.
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Since 2020, second-stage vehicle builders have faced a seemingly endless barrage of challenges that have prevented them from getting vehicles on the road. Chip and chassis shortages … keeping and onboarding staff … not to mention staying healthy during the pandemic. But North Carolina-based builder L.A. West Luxury Coaches has handled these difficulties deftly and with creativity, ultimately coming out on top.
L.A. West President & CEO Vern Kauffman was not suited for retirement. After selling L.A. West to a venture capitalist firm in 2005, the veteran vehicle builder looked forward to some time away from the day-in, day-out hustle and bustle, but, as is so common with the die-hard gearheads who make up the industry, the lure of the assembly line was too much for Kauffman to ignore.
Statesville, N.C. — Luxury coach builder L.A. West has announced that the first vehicle has rolled off their assembly line since their brand was relaunched this year. The custom Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was delivered to Nations Bus Sales’ Florida Dealership in St Augustine. The company’s CEO, Chip Osborne, was present for the vehicle’s unveiling.
Statesville, N.C.—The L.A. West name rises again under original founder Vern Kauffman, who until recently was the COO of McSweeney Designs, a division of McSweeney Holdings based in Trussville, Ala. L.A. West has acquired the inventory, equipment, engineering rights, and warranties from McSweeney Designs, which is exiting the industry to focus on its core market in performance trucks.