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Leading the discussion at the Canadian introduction of the MCI D45 CRT LE Commuter Coach with breakthrough accessibility are from left: Tom Wagner, MCI Vice President of Public Sector; Steve Nelson, Operations Manager of the Bow Valley Transit Commission; and Patrick Scully, MCI Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.I

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MCI MAKES ACCESSIBILITY HISTORY AT CUTA WITH THE MCI D45 CRT LE

Dwell times match traditional low-floor transit
Alberta’s Bow Valley Regional Transit first to order 4 units
Battery-electric model coming in 2020

TORONTO, NOVEMBER 20, 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, debuted its revolutionary new D45 CRT LE Commuter Coach today at CUTA's (Canadian Urban Transit Association) Canadian Transit Show, establishing a major milestone in all-accessible public transit.

"We are proud to introduce Canada to our newest Commuter Rapid Transit (CRT) Coach at CUTA's annual meeting," said Patrick Scully, MCI Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "The MCI D45 CRT LE represents one of the most innovative design processes in MCI's 85-year history and a major turning point in how transit systems can serve both distance commuters and passengers with greater accessibility needs with a singular model."

It was more than three years ago that MCI invited volunteer representatives from National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) the Society of Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) to review design concepts for this revolutionary new coach. In total, 32 concepts – co-designed by longtime MCI partner Designworks, a BMW Group company – were developed and refined for this first top-to-bottom D-Series coach redesign in more than two decades.

MCI, its partners and these leading accessibility advocacy groups would select a design featuring a mid-vehicle second door with an automatic ramp and patented curb-level vestibule with flexible seating for all passengers, including those with wheelchairs and other mobility devices. The front entry features a well-lit, ergonomically designed spiral entryway that leads to upper-level forward seating, creating a dual-entry coach that provides easy onboarding/offboarding for all passengers with dwell times comparable to traditional low-floor transit models.

With in-demand digital amenities ranging from Wi-Fi and power outlets to MCI's standard comfortable ride, this rugged 45-foot coach follows in a proud history of MCI workhorse vehicles. It is purpose-built for highway speeds and designed for the modern distance commute with comfortable, roomy seating and a Battery-Electric version coming in 2020.

In August, MCI announced its first order for the new model. Banff-based Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission will put four MCI D45 CRT LE Commuter Coaches to work this spring in its Roam public transit system expansion between scenic Banff and Lake Louise in the Bow Valley of Alberta's Rockies.

As of today, MCI has a total of 83 North American D45 CRT LE's on order with deliveries to begin in 2019.

"It's been a remarkable journey of achievement for our engineers and new product development teams that have made this model possible," said Scully. "For the past several months we've allowed public and private transportation operators to test the MCI D45 CRT LE in a wide range of operating environments and road conditions and the feedback has been outstanding from passengers and operators alike. Orders to date indicate how rapidly the industry has embraced this unique motor coach model."

Tom Wagner, Vice President of Public Sector added: "Despite so many industry firsts, our newest Commuter Coach carries the reputation for reliability, longevity and value MCI is known for. We see this model as an answer for operators seeking the right vehicle for both the load demand and accessibility needs on any commuter route. No other bus manufacturer has engaged the kind of user-based testing that brought the MCI D45 CRT LE to market."

Performance tests have also been impressive. The new model recently passed the Altoona-test, named for the Altoona, PA testing center that rigorously tests the reliability of all new bus models, completing 10-month of tests demonstrating a 12-year, 500,000-mile service life.

"We look forward to assisting Canadian transit agencies in developing a more diverse, accessible fleet for the future," said Scully.

About NFI Group

With over 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 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) on proven bus platforms. In total, NFI supports over 74,000 buses and coaches currently in service across North America. 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 public and private market motor coach leader, building the J4500 (the industry best-seller for 13 consecutive years), the all-new 35-foot J3500 model, and the workhorse D Series including the breakthrough ADA-accessible MCI D45 CRT LE) Commuter Coach offering lower dwell times. MCI will add battery-electric propulsion in 2020. With nearly 30,000 MCI coaches on the road, MCI also provides maintenance, repair, 24-hour roadside assistance, parts supply through NFI Parts, and technician training through the industry's only Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) accredited MCI Academy. Further information is available at www.mcicoach.com.

For further information, please contact:

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

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