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MCI PROMOTES BRIAN LICHTER TO DIRECTOR OF PRE-OWNED COACH SALES

DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, MARCH 15, 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, elevated a longtime expert in motor coach sales and financing to expand the industry's leading pre-owned sales operation.

Brian Lichter, who has represented MCI in both pre-owned and new coach sales, has been named Director of Pre-Owned Coach Sales, a new position. Lichter will be responsible for leading MCI's pre-owned sales team and will be based in the Des Plaines, Illinois MCI Sales and Service Center. He reports to Mike Apple, MCI Vice President of Pre-Owned Coaches and MCI Service Centers.

Lichter first joined MCI as pre-owned coach sales representative in Des Plaines in 1997. He left MCI for a position to finance motor coaches and other heavy-duty vehicles in 2004, returning in 2011 to new coach sales. Lichter moved to pre-owned coach sales in 2017 as a regional vice president responsible for customers in the North Central U.S.

"Brian has the diverse skill set and experience best suited to lead our pre-owned team, and we're fortunate to promote from within," said Apple. "As an OEM, MCI's sales model allows customers more choices to one-stop shop with coaches, parts, service and training. MCI's inventory is second-to-none because our reputation is built on knowing operators who really care for and maintain what we resell. Brian has helped build these relationships and these important standards, and it is our intention to take this business even further."

Said Lichter, "Our customer-centric team makes all the difference, and MCI has the best. Pre-owned offers an affordable and reliable option that can help both small and large operators grow strategically." He added, "The better you know the coaches, the more skilled you are at finding the best option for each customer. And MCI knows pre-owned — if we don't have it, we know exactly how to find it because we have the best relationships in this business."

MCI offers its pre-owned coaches in two inventory categories. MCI Pre-Owned Select+ coaches are later-model MCI vehicles sold with a 60-day warranty including 60-day/30,000-mile scheduled service. Deal coaches represent the lowest-priced selections on a variety of pre-owned coach makes and models.

MCI carries pre-owned inventory at its seven MCI Service Center locations across the U.S. and Canada, where customers have access to expert service with factory trained technicians, maintenance and repair expertise and OEM parts through NFI Parts satellite warehouse locations at each site. And every MCI Service Center now offers two pre-owned loaner coaches to help operators keep up their schedules.

'With support from MCI's Financial Services team; 24/7 roadside assistance, technical call center service managed in-house and MCI Academy online training opportunities for drivers, technicians and staff, there is no need to look for a pre-owned coach anywhere else," said Apple.

To reach Brian Lichter call 224-688-6351 or email brian.lichter@mcicoach.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 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.

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  Stephen King
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