DELAWARE EXPRESS "GETS THERE GREENER"
ATTENDS DOT EARTH DAY FAIR IN ITS UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE MCI J4500;
REPRESENTS AMERICAN BUS ASSOCIATION AND MOTOR COACH INDUSTRIES
IN GREEN TRANSIT CAMPAIGN
DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, APRIL 21, 2016: (TSX:NFI) (TSX:NFI.DB.U) Motor Coach Industries ("MCI"), a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. (the "Company"), the largest bus and motor coach manufacturer in North America, stands as America's greenest transportation option. And no one knows that better than Delaware Express.
Delaware Express arrived at the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Earth Day Fair in the 2016 clean diesel MCI J4500 it uses to carry the University of Delaware's 22 athletic teams to their competitions. With nearly zero emissions and generous hip-to-leg room for 56 passengers, Delaware Express removes more than 50 cars from the road.
And the Blue Hens ride in style — Delaware Express' specially designed J4500 features an REI Entertainment System with flat screen monitors, power outlets at each seat and Wi-Fi connectivity assuring athletes, coaches and other passengers a productive and comfortable trip. It's a safe ride, too — the MCI J4500 features include Electronic Stability Control and tire pressure monitoring systems.
"We consider it a privilege to transport these student athletes in such comfortable surroundings with the latest in green technology," said Gerry Frenze, president of Delaware Express. "Environmentally friendly transportation is really important to the university audience and we're very proud MCI has created a vehicle that can do it all — passenger comfort, state-of-the-art safety features and the greenest form of transportation on the road."
Motor coaches are the most fuel-efficient, per-passenger-mile mode of motor transportation, surpassing the car, plane or train. Plus, coaches can travel any road to entertainment, sports and vacation destinations. Increasingly, distance commuters are discovering coach transport for comfort, onboard electronics and express scheduling to their workplace with a clean-air option.
|Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Acting Administrator T.F. Scott Darling, III, (center) with Assistance Administrator and Chief Safety Officer Jack Van Steenburg (on left) join Delaware Express' Operator Clark Pyewell on April 21 at the Department of Transportation Earth Day Fair.|
The Newark, Delaware tour and charter company was founded by Frenze in the early 1980s fresh out of the University of Delaware himself. As a student, he noticed an opportunity for providing safe, economical and environmentally sound group transportation, so he started with airport shuttle vehicles.
Today, Delaware Express is one of the East Coast's major independent transportation companies, growing fast and going green. At 110 employees and 30 years in business, Delaware Express was the first to feature clean-diesel engine technology throughout its entire 24-coach fleet running from Canada to Florida. The company also has 51 vans, a mini bus and one limousine.
It continues to add new coaches featuring the latest in emission control, and also runs its fleet of vans and shuttle buses using alternative fuels. Its fuel conservation efforts include GPS systems on its fleet of motor coaches and a driver policy to limit unnecessary idling.
The American Bus Association (ABA), an industry association representing motor coach operators, tour operators, tourism-related organizations and products and service suppliers, has issued a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists entitled "Getting There Greener: The Guide To Your Lower Carbon Vacation." The report recommends best vacation travel options for various demographics and endorses coach transportation for "using the lowest carbon dioxide emissions per passenger mile" against all competing forms of road, rail or air transport. It's a helpful guide in planning carbon-efficient vacation travel.
The Company employs approximately 5,000 team members and is the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America with fabrication, manufacturing, distribution and service centers in Canada and the United States.
Through its Canadian and U.S. subsidiaries, Motor Coach Industries Limited and Motor Coach Industries, Inc. (together, "Motor Coach Industries"), the Company is North America's leader in motor coaches, offering the MCI J4500, which is the industry's best-selling intercity coach for 11 consecutive years, and the MCI D-Series, the industry's best-selling coach line in North American motor coach history. MCI is also the exclusive distributor of Setra S 417 and S 407 in the United States and Canada. MCI actively supports over 28,000 motor coaches currently in service and offers 24-hour roadside assistance 365 days a year.
Through its Canadian and U.S. subsidiaries, New Flyer Industries Canada ULC and New Flyer of America Inc. (together, "New Flyer"), the Company is North America's heavy-duty transit bus leader and offers the broadest transit bus product line (Xcelsior® and MiDi® models), incorporating the broadest range of drive systems available, including: clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, electric-trolley and now battery-electric. New Flyer actively supports over 42,000 heavy-duty transit buses (New Flyer, NABI and Orion) currently in service.
The Company also operates North America's most sophisticated aftermarket parts organization providing support for all types of transit buses and motor coaches. All buses and coaches are supported by an industry-leading comprehensive warranty, service and support network.
The common shares and convertible unsecured subordinated debentures of the Company are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols NFI and NFI.DB.U, respectively.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements relating to expected future events and financial and operating results of the Company that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from management expectations as projected in such forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons, including market and general economic conditions, dividends are not guaranteed and will be declared in the discretion of the Company's board of directors based on the Company's financial position, liquidity and business requirements and future prospects, the covenants contained in the Company's senior credit facility could impact the ability of the Company to fund dividends and the other risks and uncertainties detailed in the disclosure documents filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Due to the potential impact of these factors, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable law.
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Jon Koffman, Investor Relations
Motor Coach Industries - A New Flyer company: Corporate Address 200 East Oakton Street, Des Plaines, Illinois 60018 | Phone: 866-MCICOACH
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