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PLENTY OF LEGROOM, SAFETY AND STYLE — DELAWARE EXPRESS'S FOUR NEW MCI J4500 COACHES
AIM TO PLEASE RIDERS AND DRIVERS ALIKE

DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, FEBRUARY 14, 2019: (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, now offers its J4500 coach with industry leading legroom, stylish new lighting and safety features that made the model especially attractive to Delaware Express owner Gerry Frenze.

Delaware Express is a well-known tour and charter operator along the Eastern Seaboard and its latest delivery of four new 2019 J4500 models are outfitted to please passengers, drivers and mechanics.

Frenze, whose Newark, Delaware-based company also provides shuttle and limousine services, was drawn to the J4500's redesigned interior space providing the most seating room in its class in addition to leading-edge safety technology and mechanical advantages that assure low cost of operation. These include the 2019 J4500's new swing -out styled electric e-fan cooling package that provides full roadside engine access and fuel efficiency improvements up to 3 percent annually.

"Passenger comfort and safety features are paramount," says Frenze, who has been a loyal MCI customer since 2001. "And we see great value in new vehicles and standardization of equipment." Frenze also says it's important to keep a young fleet, with more than three-quarters of his 30-motor coaches less than five years old.

Delaware's newest J4500s feature a 56-passenger configuration with plush leather seating, power outlets and Wi-Fi. Delaware has also added tray tables behind every upgraded leather seat because the company is testing ala carte box lunches on charters to upcoming auto and flower shows this year. Said Frenze. "It's an experiment, and a new level of service and we want to see how it goes over."

The coaches also come equipped with Detroit Diesel engines, preferred by Delaware for telematics capabilities used to signal maintenance requirements such as DPF regeneration notifications and more. A 360-degree camera system and MCI's ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) from Bendix Fusion were also part of the order.

Bendix Fusion is a next-generation collision mitigation system that integrates a forward-facing camera with vehicle recognition software to detect moving and stationary objects. The system offers lane departure warnings and traffic sign recognition that all together helps the driver process speed limits and road obstacles.

Delaware Express customers also prize legroom and comfort. With a roster of clients that range from professional teams in nearly every sport including Philadelphia Union Soccer to the athletic department at the University of Delaware, Frenze orders his coaches with the roomiest seat configurations. To better manage relationships and schedules with athletic clients, teams are often assigned their own motor coach and driver.

"Our pro sports teams especially appreciate the legroom," said Frenze. "And we assign our drivers the same equipment for better planning and scheduling. There's a comfort level in knowing your driver and having the same vehicle throughout the season."

Two of the company's latest J4500s are wrapped in Blue Hen blue with a puddle light option displaying U of D's logo on the bottom step. "We got the entire lighting package for the Wow Factor," says Frenze.

Delaware Express serves professional sports teams and is the official transportation partner for the University of Delaware, the Wilmington Blue Rocks minor league baseball team, Delaware 87ers basketball team and the Philadelphia Soul arena football team.

Frenze launched Delaware Express in 1984 after a work-study job in the University of Delaware's accounts payable department. He was assigned to review the school's transportation bills and saw career potential in the business. He began Delaware Express as an airport shuttle business with one van, and today, the company's fleet of motor coaches, town cars, limousines and minibuses now numbers more than 100 vehicles.

Delaware Express is an active member of UMA and ABA. The company's website is www.delexpress.com.

About NFI Group

With over 6,100 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. It also supports infrastructure development through New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions™, a service dedicated to providing safe and reliable charging and mobility solutions. 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 MCI

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is North America's motor coach leader in public and private markets, 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.

For further information, please contact:

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

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