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SPECIAL DELIVERY: INTRODUCING THE MCI J-SERIES FAMILY IN 2019!

MCI ADDS STATE-OF-THE-ART FEATURES TO ITS BEST-SELLING J4500
LUXURY, CAPACITY AND PARTS COMPATIBILITY TO ITS ALL-NEW 35-FOOT J3500

DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018: (TSX:NFI) Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., ("NFI"), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, expands its 2019 model line up with a great new arrival − a compact new MCI J3500 coach to meet increasing demand for right sized comfort for smaller groups, niche customers and new markets, and introduces important advances on the 2019 best-selling MCI J4500 with all electric coming in 2020.

"With the launch of a 35-foot J to all-electric versions of our best-selling models, MCI's moves are based on feedback from our customers and requirements to meet their marketplace needs," said Ian Smart, MCI President. "Travel by motor coach is more relevant than ever. Our goal is to help capture new riders by offering a versatile coach product line with innovative features and long-term reliability."

Featuring all the styling and performance of the 45-foot MCI J4500, the new 2019 MCI J3500 comfortably seats up to 44 passengers with best in class interior, baggage capacity among all 35-foot vehicles and top maneuverability for congested city streets, airport terminals and other busy transportation settings.

As for its respected sibling, the 2019 MCI J4500 builds on its striking 2018 interior redesign with mechanical and safety upgrades to match, including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) technology delivered by the optional next-generation Bendix Fusion.

Both J-Series models are built to delight owners and operators watching their maintenance budgets and maximizing uptime. A new e-Fan system boosts fuel efficiency delivering on lowest total cost of operation, with NFI Parts (new name of MCI Service Parts) parts support and near-zero learning curve for busy maintenance teams. Both models also come with the industry’s top limited warranty of 30 months with unlimited miles.

The 2019 J4500:

MCI continues serviceability and reliability improvements, along with further enhancements to the award winning interior and best-in-class interior space that offers industry leading legroom and comfort in a 60 seat passenger configuration launched in model year 2018. For 2019, the J4500 also features:

The 2019 J3500:

For MCI, the development of a 35-foot coach answers an important market need.

"The MCI J4500 built its leadership status as a luxury, high-capacity coach that remains the perfect choice for larger ridership in the tour, charter and shuttle industry," said Brent Maitland, MCI Vice President of Marketing and Product Planning. "But our operators told us they wanted the same luxury and functionality in a coach for smaller-sized groups that offered great maneuverability, a smooth ride and best-in-class payload capacity," he added. "We think the J3500 and J4500 pairing gives operators real market flexibility. The J3500 coach delivers a ride quality you simply can’t find in a smaller, alternative vehicle. Its overall comfort and best-in-class baggage space can enable everything from ski trip excursions to private executive and employee transport."

A summary of MCI's newest 35-foot coach advantages include:

Both the J3500 and J4500 share coach systems technologies including electric, HVAC suspension, brakes, axles, frame and body components. Equipped with or without wheelchair lift and lavatory, the J3500 has a smaller, yet powerful 2017 EPA Cummins L9, 350 hp, 1150 lb-ft torque w/engine brake and Gen V Allison B500, 6-speed automatic with prognostics capability

MCI will officially launch the MCI J3500 coach to the industry during BusCon Exp at the Indianapolis Convention Center October 1-3. Learn more about MCI’s J-Series features and specifications at www.mcicoach.com/J-Series

"These product enhancements stem from significant support and investment from the NFI Group and continues to build on our industry leadership," said Smart. "In the last year, we've not only taken our J4500 to a new level, but we've launched our D45 CRT LE with patent-pending Low Entry vestibule providing a significant improvement to accessibility for all passengers and especially for those with mobility disabilities. Further, we've committed to our batter-electric CHARGE range of vehicles with testing well underway and ahead of the production start."

To see the test run video of the battery-electric J4500e coach, signaling MCI's leadership move into all-electric drawing on New Flyer expertise, visit www.mcicoach.com/charge-ahead.

About NFI Group

With nearly 6,000 team members, operating from 31 facilities across Canada and the United States, NFI is North America's largest bus manufacturer providing a comprehensive suite of mass transportation solutions under several brands: New Flyer® (heavy-duty transit buses), ARBOC® (low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses), MCI® (motor coaches), and NFI Parts™ (parts, support, and service). NFI buses incorporate the widest range of drive systems available including: clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, and zero-emission electric (trolley, battery, and fuel cell). For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, NFI posted revenues of US $2.4 billion. NFI common shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NFI. News and information are available at www.nfigroup.com.

About Motor Coach Industries

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is North America's motor coach leader in public and private markets, offering the J4500 (the industry best-seller for 13 consecutive years) and the all-new J3500 model (the workhorse D Series, including the breakthrough ADA-accessible MCI D45 CRT LE). MCI also supports nearly 30,000 MCI coaches on the road with maintenance, repair, 24-hour roadside assistance, and the industry's only Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) accredited MCI Academy technician training center.

For further information, please contact:

Patricia PlodzeenMCI Public Relations
Tel: 847-283-0883
E-mail: pat.plodzeen@mcicoach.com
 

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