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    Krystal Enterprises - Brea, California - 1993-present

Krystal Enterprises is proud to introduce our exceptional product lines. As the world's largest manufacturer of stretch limousines, and top producer of professional vehicles and mid-size luxury buses, Krystal remains steadfast in meeting our number one goal - Quality and Customer Satisfaction. Krystal produces over 2000 vehicles each year.

Our state of the art facility in Brea, California utilizes hi-tech systems and the highest quality workmanship to produce the finest specialty vehicles available in the market today. Armed with a serious reputation as an innovation leader in occupant safety, Krystal Enterprises will remain the solid force in the transportation industry.

In 1983, Krystal Enterprises set out to build a higher quality, innovative limousine with a manufacturing approach based on the principles of continuous improvement and quality control. Today, Krystal Enterprises operates out of an ultra-modern 200,000 square foot facility in Brea, California. Our facility houses three separate production assembly lines, six manufacturing operations, office and sales staff, a service department, parts warehouse, and a beautiful showroom.

Krystal's reputation as the premiere coach builder in the world is no accident. It is the result of our painstaking commitment to engineering and building the finest, safest luxury vehicles in the world. Krystal is one of the original Qualified Vehicle Modifiers for Ford (QVM) and among the first to attain Cadillac Master Coachbuilder status. We are the first coach builder to implement independent crash tests on it's vehicles and continue to lead the industry in occupant safety. This reputation, success and vision also helped Ed Grech earn the 1995 Orange Country Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

  • In order to verify the safety of its new line of Lincoln Town Car limousines, Krystal Enterprises completed an extensive series of tests at an independent qualified lab north of Los Angeles. The Krystal vehicle was qualified to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) concerned with front impacts, rear impacts, fuel system integrity, side impacts, roof strength, and windshield retention. Every aspect of Krystal's design met the FMVSS requirements.
  • Krystal is the first builder to independently crash test the new Lincoln limousine. Ford Motor Company had previously conducted tests on a representative 120" Town Car extension for industry-wide use, but Krystal elected to both repeat and expand upon that program with a production 'Krystal' fresh off the assembly line. "We feel the design variations from builder to builder are significant," says Ed Grech, President/CEO. "Even though most builders work within QVM guidelines, the differences are critical enough to warrant independent testing".
  • According to Greg Beck, Director of Engineering for Krystal, "Safety is the leading factor in all of our designs. There are differences between our production-run 98's and the limousine tested by Ford that we felt were too important to ignore."
  • The tests, which represent a major expenditure, are sure to pay off in the long run, both for Krystal Enterprises, and for the industry as a whole. The importance of independent testing is especially highlighted when one considers that the fact that Krystal Enterprises will produce more limousines on the new Town Car chassis than any other builder on any chassis in the history of the industry. At this continuing production rate, there is little room for uncertainty. "We decided to eliminate the possibility of any safety issues early in the program, once design changes had been solidified," remarks Grech.
  • The tests were performed by Karco Engineering, an independent entity having no affiliation with Krystal, Ford, or the limousine industry. Karco specializes in automotive testing for a variety of clients, including the U. S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)."

Construction of each one of our vehicles begins in the Welding Department, where the vehicle is first stripped, then cut and separated into two halves. Next, the framework is extended and metal structures added and welded into place. Special alignment fixtures ensure consistent, uniform structure of the chassis. In the Mechanical Department, highly trained mechanics modify the drive shaft, suspension systems and add wiring to OEM specifications.

Next, vehicles move to the Body and Paint Department, where all parts are prepped, painted and baked in the spray rooms to an ultra-smooth gloss finish. Electricians in our Electrical Department install our patented charging system, route all wiring and insert vehicle fixtures, such as the standard bar, mood and opera lights, before sending the vehicle to the Heavy Duty Upholstery Department, where our limos are equipped with the superior quality upholstery and carefully sealed vinyl tops.

All vehicles undergo a demanding "water check" during which they are sprayed heavily and constantly with water to ensure that windows, sunroofs and door seals are free of leaks. Only after passing this exam, does a vehicle move on to the Interior Assembly Department, where technicians expertly install the comfortable, luxurious interiors.

To complete the conversion process, each vehicle must pass the Detail and Final Inspection department, where it is thoroughly cleaned to a mirror-like shine and put through a rigorous 225-point inspection, as well as road test and undercarriage inspection.

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Ed Grech once made an idle comment to his workers about what would happen if that fire-damaged Cadillac Seville over there were cut in half and stretched into a limousine. Grech started work in the automotive business as a teenager and had worked his way up to shop manager and owner. After lunch that day, he returned to find the Cadillac lying in two pieces on the shop floor. From putting that car back together, albeit a bit longer than originally intended, Grech went on to build one of the largest limousine manufacturing business in the history of the limousine. In 2000, Krystal's limousine production ran at about 100 Lincoln Town Car stretch limousines a month, and its facilities have the capacity to treble that number on a single shift. The highest annual production numbers of the Cadillac Series 75's were approximately 2,000 units in 1969, and that between the sedan and formal limousine. Outside of that peak, the Series 75 generally ran at a cumulative production rate of l,000 to 1,500 cars a year. Every one of Krystal's limousines is formal, and every one of them is stretched.

Similar to most successes, Krystal's is based on a simple concept that is not so easy to master: continual improvement, or, in the language of the MBA, "total quality management." Krystal's director of engineering, Greg Beck, credits the success of the company to the simple notion of always trying to find a better way. Every few weeks, Grech is provided with a "demo" limousine. Aside from the unusual perk of having a dozen or more new limousines a year, Grech plays the joyous role of chief road v

tester. "The demo cars are trying something out that we're not already doing, perhaps a new canvas top or some other aspect of a new model. And he wants to show it off," says Beck.

Even the most custom of Custom Era coachbuilders strived for a product that could be reproduced in quantity, as Judkins and Fleetwood managed, without losing the prestige and quality of their work. LeBaron's incorporation into the less glamorous albeit big-ticket body assembly company, Briggs, was a twofold coup for both companies. The higher volume meant greater resources and profits for LeBaron, and the customizing skills of LeBaron meant more prestige and craftsmanship for Briggs. Krystal has found that balance, but without Edsel Ford's patronage. Beck says there is a "constant battle between sales and production: sales wants everything different, while production wants it all the same. " Beck explains the benefits of the mass production techniques of the company-and the resources necessary to achieve it:

When you can afford the tooling. the machinery, the positive effect doubles itself. The more you sell, the more you can do. We can develop conversions ahead of time more than ever before. Because of the volume, the tooling, the metal stamping dies, the plastic molds, it makes it easier to build consistent quality.

What Krystal has uniquely achieved in the industry is the transition from body shop to production line. "This company has gone from a large custom facility to an auto manufacturing plant," Beck says. In 1989, "things got real competitive," he explains. The theory of constant improvement looks for advantage in such situations. Similar to the Chinese character for "crisis," a combination of symbols for danger and opportunity, Krystal faced a problem and came out the better for it. "That's when we came into our own," Beck says of the industry downturn. "That's when we grew from a one car at a time shop in '85 to the biggest volume manufacturer." Krystal emerged with ever greater efficiencies and quality, the foundation upon which the company has built its tremendous success.

 

    For more information please read:

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Located in Florida, Gateway Coachworks, Inc has been a Limousine Dealer since 1994. Because of our sales volume, honest reputation and customer approval ratings we are regarded as one of the leading Limousine Dealers in the world. We offer only specially selected pre-owned limousines conversions by recognized Krystal, Dabryan Coachbuilders, Executive Coachbuilders, Royale,Tiffany, Moonlight, LGE, LA Custom and Quality Coachworks. Our new Limousines and Limousine buses are produced by Royale Limousines, Grech Motors, Tiffany, Executive Coachbuilders and Quality Coachworks.

 

Gateway is a exclusive dealer for Royale Limousines. From their inception in 1983 Royale Limousines has always been dedicated to customer satisfaction and product excellence. To Royale, quality is more than just using good materials, its about innovative design, superior engineering, continually training production employees and then testing and re-testing the final product until it meets the standards that makes it a Royale. Our new Royale Limos for sale are available on Lincoln,  MKT, Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac,and Sprinter chassis. Royale is an approved conversion company under the Lincoln and Ford QVM program, Cadillac's Master Coach Builder program as well as the program for Sprinter.

 

David Bakare, an industry pioneer, has been building vehicles for 30 years and his vision has created some of the highest quality products in the Limousine and bus industries. In fact his attention to detail and creative vision has brought high-end automotive quality to the shuttle bus industry. His goal of "always setting the bar higher" for his product is the standard that others aspire to achieve.  As an exclusive dealer we are proud to present the revolutionary  "LIMOUSINE BUS" by Executive Coach Builders, the ultimate "PARTY BUS",  and "YES" this is the one that all limousine buses are judged by today.

 

 If you are that discriminating buyer that is looking for something totally different then our conversion by Quality Coachworks is the one for you. Owner Dominic Vitelli was the plant manager well over 20 years for the largest limousine manufacturer in the history of the industry, Krystal Enterprises. Because the mere nature of  mass production was restricting his creativity he decided to open a custom limousine shop where his motto would be transformed into reality  "Anything you want . ..Everything you expect" As an exclusive dealer for Quality Coachworks products we are able to transform your dreams into reality.

 

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90,000 in the parrots, they are much longer - the magazine at the wheel of

Techniques

/ Profession

In parrots they are much longer than

six, seven, ten meters, the length of the stretch is not impressive

,

text / Sergey Kanunnikov, Anton Chuykin

th century ago, as soon as the powers that be believed in the capabilities of the car, manufacturers, trying to please rich and titled customers, began to build luxurious palaces on four wheels. The driver is somewhere behind the thick glass operating the steering wheel and pedals, and the passengers have only exchanged the luxury of a stationary living room for the comfort of a mobile one.

General democratization has not bypassed limousines either. Building original "cruisers" for individual clients is prestigious, but insanely expensive. Therefore, even the eminent Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce, for the sake of moneybags and originals, "just" lengthen the standard models. By the way, the British entrust this work to a long-time partner, the Park Ward body shop.

In fact, you can build a stretch (stretch - stretched) from any car. Remember the grown-up "Volga", "Muscovites" and "tens" (see SR, 1997, No. 8; 1999, No. 9). Very conditionally, approaches to the creation of stretches were divided into European and American.

In the Old World, where cars with monocoque bodies have long reigned, manufacturers of long versions have to interfere very seriously in the design. New load-bearing elements, solid roofs, doors (including even the front ones), sidewalls... They often boost engines and reshape suspensions, brakes, and steering controls. In general, they almost sew a coat to a button. Accordingly, the cost of stretches is a certain number of times higher than the price of the serial progenitor. Whoever stretches the car - a third-party company or the manufacturer himself (by the way, they rarely encroach on their own offspring), as a result, the length is 120-125% of the initial, or 6-6. 5 "absolute" meters.

America is not only a country of equal opportunities, but also of frame cars. Or rather, one, but which one - "Lincoln Town Car". It has retained a hard backbone for generation after generation, it seems only to please the many stretch fans. Of course, any car will be stretched across the ocean - for example, the Craftsman company specializes exclusively in SUVs. Even the Volkswagen Beetle was made long-wheelbase, and now they have taken on the New Beatle.

And yet, thanks to the "town cars" and, in the recent past, frame "Cadillacs" (model "Fleetwood Brougham"), the construction of stretch in America has become a kind of industry. Small companies specialize in components that are put together by stretch manufacturers (Crystal, Ultra, DeBrien). The result of their work is a car that has grown by 40-100% (!) Costing an average of 60 thousand dollars with an initial 30. And this is already with equipment!

American limousines reach a length of 10 meters. Further impulses of manufacturers are constrained by local legislation, according to which a more "extended" car must be ... three-axle. However, there are some.

So, in order to make a long limousine, the company buys a serial Lincoln. You can order a special package, saving on the cardan shaft and exhaust system (too small!). The car is dismantled and ruthlessly cut in half. The front and back parts will still be useful, only minimal changes will be made to their design. But the old frame is scrapped: no inserts, just a new backbone! Its length depends on the length of the laid down ship. In America, three size groups are common (not to say standardized) - the length of the stretch is about 7.5, 8.5–9and 10 m. Under these dimensions, small workshops make panels, bodies, glass, frames, etc.

The engine and gearbox are left unchanged. In the chassis, only springs and sometimes silent blocks of the lower levers are reinforced. The engine of serial "town cars" - V8, 4.6 l, 164 kW / 223 hp. With. - and other units with an American margin of safety are quite suitable for limousines. In addition, intervention in the "stuffing" will require troublesome and expensive certification.

Between the front and back of the car, the most important thing is being built - a luxurious spacious living room. The roof of the car, unlike the European ones, is covered with a "leather-like" material - not for "coolness" for the sake of, but for manufacturability: try to maintain clean, even lines on several meters of steel panel! Almost always, a long car retains four regular doors, less often they add one more on the right or lengthen the rear ones.

The assembled and painted body is stuffed with video and audio equipment, polished furniture and leather sofas, illuminated according to the manufacturer's imagination and the customer's wishes. However, both the appearance and equipment of limousines from different companies are often very close. On the longest and most electrified cars, an additional heater and air conditioner are sometimes installed, as well as a generator and battery. Another, third battery is used as a backup - only to start the engine in case of failure of standard systems.

Long limousine ready to go; however, if in the European stretch one can still imagine a businessman preoccupied with business, then the American one by its very appearance hints at wild entertainment. What the hell is an office on wheels! Not a strict three, but a yellow tailcoat, and more, more flashlights per linear meter of a limousine! Welcome to Hollywood!

Even being lengthened by 1.5–2 times, the Town Car demonstrates transatlantic durability: winding several hundred thousand kilometers in 5–10 years is not a problem for it. By the way, after that, cars can suddenly change their place of residence and end up in Russia almost in their original, quite presentable form. Have you seen how a hood decorated with a baby doll and flowers is shown around the corner? And then the salon stretched out: a meter, two, three ... In parrots, by the way, it is a mountain-a-azdo longer . ..

SWEET LIFE

Almost every working day of the limousine is a holiday. And every holiday is a working day...

7.50, Saturday. This garage is not located in Beverly Hills or Manhattan, but in Moscow, not far from Pravda Street. Limousine Service's fleet of more than a dozen cars 7.5–10 m long.

8.00. On long cars, reverse maneuvers are performed using mirrors - it is useless to turn around. Accordingly, drivers are recruited with experience not only in cars.

8.05. Salon for newlyweds... as well as witnesses, friends, relatives - there is enough space for ten people. Most importantly, don't forget the champagne!

8.10. You don’t have to be at the registry office soon, in three hours, but marriage does not endure fuss: future spouses are still trying on wedding dresses, and their crew is already on their way.

8.20. When driving slowly in a wedding cortege, fuel consumption is low - only 25 l/100 km...

9.15. “Head in flowers. ..” Just like horses for a wedding, now they are decorated with cars. Someone relies on their own taste, other customers entrust the decor to limousine companies. The final touch before the bride leaves is carnations on the roof!

11.30. We almost missed the most important thing: “ours” Sergey and Natalya have already signed their names! (Now, in addition to a temporary vehicle - a limousine, Natasha has a permanent one). Advice to you yes love!

11.35. The junction at the "Griboyedov" palace: there are more long cars here than trolleybuses on Sadovoe. By the way, the red stretch wears on its side the "brand" of the previous owner - the duet "Academy". Another profession of limousines is serving the "muses" of the Russian stage.

12.10. After the registry office - a traditional walk around Moscow. Where are you, on Vorobyov? And we are on Poklonnaya! So, at Vasilievsky, you see, we'll meet. Several motorcades sometimes join into a long line... Our couple first went to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

12.30. In fact, the most important thing, for the sake of which, in fact, weddings roll around the capital, was not included in the frame: they raise toasts to the newlyweds at the trunk ... Well, we have to work, so we propose to evaluate the angle of rotation of the front wheels of the Lincoln ..

12.40. The motorcades replace each other, and now another pair is leaving for the temple. And Natasha and Sergey are taken by a limousine to the festive table. The sweet life goes on...

Bitter!

To make the stretch, the Volvo S80 has the floor reworked, a new roof stamped and even different doors made.

One of the most prestigious and... the shortest (only 6158 mm) limousines is the Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman.

In addition to representative and festive duties, elongated machines have another, no less honorable and necessary profession. "Volvo" from the company "Nilson" works to the music not of Mendelssohn, but of Chopin.

Zhiguli stretch is not as effective as Lincoln. But the uniqueness of the stretched "seven" is undeniable.

SWEET LIFE

Almost every working day of the limousine is a holiday. And every holiday is a working day...

7:50 am, Saturday. This garage is not located in Beverly Hills or Manhattan, but in Moscow, not far from Pravda Street. Limousine Service's fleet of more than a dozen cars 7.5–10 m long.

8.00. On long cars, reverse maneuvers are performed using mirrors - it is useless to turn around. Accordingly, drivers are recruited with experience not only in cars.

8.05. Salon for newlyweds... as well as witnesses, friends, relatives - there is enough space for ten people. Most importantly, don't forget the champagne!

8.10. You don’t have to be at the registry office soon, in three hours, but marriage does not endure fuss: future spouses are still trying on wedding dresses, and their crew is already on their way.

8.20. When driving slowly in a wedding cortege, fuel consumption is low - only 25 l/100 km. ..

9.15. “Head in flowers...” Just like horses for a wedding, now they are decorated with cars. Someone relies on their own taste, other customers entrust the decor to limousine companies. The final touch before the bride leaves is carnations on the roof!

11.30. We almost missed the most important thing: “ours” Sergey and Natalya have already signed! (Now, in addition to a temporary vehicle - a limousine, Natasha has a permanent one). Advice to you yes love!

11.35. The junction at the "Griboyedov" palace: there are more long cars here than trolleybuses on Sadovoe. By the way, the red stretch wears on its side the "brand" of the previous owner - the duet "Academy". Another profession of limousines is serving the "muses" of the Russian stage.

12.10. After the registry office - a traditional walk around Moscow. Where are you, on Vorobyov? And we are on Poklonnaya! So, at Vasilievsky, you see, we'll meet. Several motorcades sometimes join into a long line. .. Our couple first went to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

12.30. In fact, the most important thing, for the sake of which, in fact, weddings roll around the capital, was not included in the frame: they raise toasts to the newlyweds at the trunk... Well, we have to work, so we propose to evaluate the angle of rotation of the front wheels of the Lincoln ..

12.40. The motorcades replace each other, and now another pair is leaving for the temple. And Natasha and Sergey are taken by a limousine to the festive table. The sweet life goes on...

Bitter!

EDITORIAL THANKS THE LIMOUSINE-SERVICE COMPANY FOR ASSISTANCE IN PREPARING THE MATERIAL.

In parrots they are much longer

In parrots they are much longer

The first cars from the Cortege project will appear in a couple of years // Watching

The first cars from the Cortege project will appear in a couple of years // Watching
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The Cortege project, which includes a whole family of platform cars, from a business sedan to a presidential limousine, is planned to be implemented by 2018, and the first real copies will roll off the assembly line by the end of 2017.

According to TASS, the Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov made a corresponding statement during the preparation of the MAKS-2015 air show. The project budget, according to the minister, has already been calculated, but it still depends on the difference in exchange rates: perhaps next year additional funding will be needed. The date of the premiere of Lada Vesta Cross became known In February 2015, Denis Manturov announced that UAZ would become the main production site for the production of cars from the Cortege line (it currently includes a business sedan, minivan, large SUV and executive limousine for top officials of the state).


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