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MAKING THE BEST-SELLER EVEN BETTER:
MCI’S 2018 J4500 INTRODUCES MORE PASSENGER SPACE,
UPSCALE INTERIOR TOUCHES AND IMPROVED WORKSPACE FOR DRIVERS

DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, JUNE 22, 2017: (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 and parts supplier in North America, reveals improvements to the MCI® J4500 coach. Determined to out-best the best, MCI's engineers have redefined the interior cabin of the market-leading J4500 in a way that will delight passengers, please drivers and satisfy results-oriented operators.

Not only is the interior on 2018 J4500 stunning, the North American motor coach leader has been able to achieve a highly sought after amenity‒more legroom, and a comfortable 60-seat capacity.

The new coach will be unveiled during MCI Reliability Rallies in the U.S. and Canada starting in July.

A reconfigured lavatory and air-intake system produced 20 inches of new floor space in the 2018 model. It allows for best-in-class legroom and an optional, rear window, the first ever on the MCI J4500. New standard touches include state-of-the-art indirect LED ceiling lights, puck-style spotlights and entryway illumination. With these updates and the addition of new rear window views, the cabin feels more spacious and looks more beautiful than ever before.

"We're very proud to unveil this coach to our current and future operators," said Ian Smart, MCI president. "It has been a collaborative effort at MCI, where we focused on operator needs and passenger wants. Our 2018 J4500 is now more modern, but everything's built on MCI reliability that our operators count on. We serve many innovators in the transportation industry, and we think they will like what they see."

"Our goal was to move the needle with high impact improvements for the operator," said Brent Maitland, MCI vice president of marketing and product planning. "We wanted to improve the revenue-generating cabin space by increasing the usable floor space and seating capacity with an upgraded interior for greater passenger appeal."

Maitland explains that the project began in 2015 and was split in two — the first was focused on space maximization and the second on interior redesign.

To capture the extra 20 inches of space, MCI engineers lowered the air intake system duct 4.5 feet to just above the belt line of the coach, and reoriented the lavatory, achieving a more comfortable fit with 22 percent more in volume total. This reconfiguration allowed the last row of seats to move back 20 inches in total, providing a minimum of 15 inches more usable floor space that translates into at least a half-inch of more legroom per passenger than its closest competitors in a 56-passenger seating configuration. It also creates even seat spacing on both sides, and provides a more comfortable 60-passenger seating configuration.

Lowering the air-intake created space for MCI's rear window and a 500 percent increase in the side rear transom window for better views from the last two seats, and mechanical advantages such as improved engine air filtration and easier maintenance. The new Optair hybrid filter system from Cummins includes a standard centrifugal pre-cleaner to remove dust and water, defining a new frontier in engine air intake cleanliness.

A sleeker, more comfortable interior with color-adjustable lighting

After the redesign came the aesthetics. MCI worked with longtime partner BMW Designworks to upgrade seating, trim and lighting to create striking product differentiation for tour and charter operators. Anyone stepping aboard this new coach will find the changes visually stunning, but they're about durability and ergonomics too. Upgraded handrails on the 2018 J4500's entryway minimize wear and new parcel racks easy-to-lock doors have finishes that resist scratches smudges and abrasions. The parcel racks now integrate with the front interior cap for a cleaner look. The windshield blinds now recess into the front cap, creating a panoramic view for passengers.

MCI engineers are especially proud of the driver cockpit. It features a completely new, integrated instrument panel that reduces driver distraction and provides easier-to-read gauges at all hours of the day. The high-definition, 12-inch Thin-Film-Transistor (TFT) LCD instrument panel provides increased visibility for many key systems including tire pressure status and engine DPF regeneration notices. This redefined space includes a slimmer left side console; with improved switches, a flexible cup holder, and a place for a cell phone or personal items, and offers better visibility over the dash hood, increased driver legroom and a toe kick.

Welcoming

The spiral entryway has always been the J4500 trademark, but it looks even better on the 2018 J4500. In addition to better visibility with right-and-left entryway white lighting, MCI has provided a high-spec option of variable (RGB) LED lighting for customizable color choices to light up the stairwell and the right and left hand grab rails, and extends the lighting options all the way to the end of the cabin.

The new variable lighting system allows operators to choose between colors including red, green, blue, yellow, magenta, cyan and white lighting with full dimming and programmable customized colors to suit operators' or their customers' branding needs. A super-bright "Clean" setting illuminates every interior inch of the coach for spotless cleanup between trips.

"Many customers have told us that customization is key to showcase their brand or corporate, sports and other specialized client groups," said Maitland. The ability to adjust lighting is just one part of a more customized environment. MCI created three trim packages for the 2018 J4500 — Preferred-Spec, High-Spec and Custom-Spec to give operators more choices. Coordinated seating and interior color schemes in Blues, Lounge and Tech in both Preferred and High Spec packages fit nicely with trim, parcel rack doors and flooring available in wood grain and carbon fiber selections. Customers may also continue to select MCI approved seat models, fabric and flooring outside of the new interior color theme and Preferredor High-Spec packages. New standalone options include an entryway LED "puddle light" with customizable logo and a tempered glass roof hatch.

Winning customers

A number of MCI customers have already placed orders for the 2018 MCI J4500.

Peter Picknelly, chairman and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines, went for the space. The Springfield, Massachusetts, operator runs an MCI-exclusive fleet of 250 motor coaches throughout the Northeast and the 2018 J4500 will allow Peter Pan to move from a 54 to 56 passenger seating configuration. "Two more seats for the life of the coach, that's a significant amount of revenue," he said. Tom Picknally, the company’s senior vice-president of maintenance, liked the redesigned air-intake system and was wowed by the interior changes. "The engineers did an all-around great job," he said.

"For me, I'm all about the legroom," agrees Callen Hotard, CEO of Hotard Coaches, Louisiana's Number 1 group transportation provider. "We're excited to see the many enhancements made to the J4500’s interior, and legroom is one of things we hear about most from our sports teams and athletes that ride with us." Hotard, which has the J4500 in a previous 52-seat configuration, will take delivery of four 2018 models with 56 passenger seats which “give us the same comfort level." Hotard has also opted for the High-Spec configuration with the programmable multicolor variable lighting, a feature that will support its sports clients' extensive branding needs.

Where to see the 2018 J4500

MCI will showcase the 2018 MCI J4500 during its Reliability Rallies throughout the U.S. and Canada this summer and fall at MCI Sales and Service Centers. These one-day events feature test drives of the new J4500 and Setra models, special promotions on pre-owned coaches and parts, supplier partner educational sessions as well as food, fun and prizes. Upcoming Reliability Rallies will be held:

MCI will make a number of demo coaches available to its sales representative team, and more information about the 2018 MCI J4500 is available at www.J4500-Enlightened.com.

About the Company

The Company 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 and employs approximately 5,000 team members.

Through its Canadian and U.S. subsidiaries, Motor Coach Industries Limited and Motor Coach Industries, Inc., the Company is the leader in motor coaches in Canada and the U.S., 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., the Company is North America's heavy-duty transit bus leader and offers the Xcelsior®, 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 44,000 heavy-duty transit buses (New Flyer, NABI and Orion) currently in service.

The Company also operates North America's most comprehensive 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.

Further information is available on the Company's websites at www.mcicoach.com and www.newflyer.com.

For further information, please contact:

Patricia Plodzeen Public Relations,
Tel: 847-283-0883
E-mail: pat.plodzeen@mcicoach.com
or Jon Koffman, New Flyer Investor Relations
Tel: 204-224-6672
E-mail: investor@newflyer.com

Motor Coach Industries - A New Flyer company: Corporate Address 200 East Oakton Street, Des Plaines, Illinois 60018 | Phone: 866-MCICOACH

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