DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, APRIL 4, 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,announced today that Great Canadian Holiday and Coaches has added five best-selling MCI J4500 coaches to its growing fleet.

The Kitchener, Ontario-based tour provider, part of the Trailways charter bus network, added two 2018 MCI J4500s last September and will take delivery of three all-new 2019 models this month.

With a major redesign in model year 2018, Great Canadian's newest 56-seat coaches now feature industry-leading legroom, three-point passenger seatbelts, a new driver dash with a high definition instrument panel and enhanced lighting throughout. A new-for-2019 swing-out electric e-fan cooling package simplifies roadside engine access, improves fuel-efficiency and speeds maintenance on Great Canadian's upcoming delivery.

Great Canadian has added power outlets at each seat, Wi-Fi connectivity, and MCI's variable color interior lighting package to welcome sports teams and groups with their chosen branding. "Drivers can change the lighting theme based on our guest preferences, and that's a favorite feature we can offer now. It's very welcoming," said Caroline Ravazzolo, Great Canadian's Coach Operations Manager. "It's especially fun to have the interior match a sport's team color. Our customers go for extra-special amenities. Electric outlets were once considered a luxury but now they are expected and we’ve offered Wi-Fi for several years."

The new coaches fulfill Great Canadian's goal to bring the average age of its 50-coach fleet to 4.5 years. "We are thrilled with our new MCIs. They are a great addition to our fleet and MCI's team members have really supported Great Canadian," said Ravazzolo.

MCI assigns a team to each customer, coordinating their sale, field service and parts needs throughout the life of each coach. It's a seamless model aimed at ensuring customer satisfaction and a long relationship with MCI.

Celebrating 35 years

Founded in 1984 by owners Larry and Lorna Hundt, the company began as Travel Ventures and changed its name to Great Canadian Holidays and Coaches in 1998. After the 1995 Quebec referendum, the company dedicated each of their coaches with decals and air brushed images depicting a variety of Canadian themes.

The company's tour business has built a range of customer offerings from short day trips to an annual 23-day spring trip to California that includes overnight stays and stops at notable destinations along the way. It's an exceptional itinerary that includes California stops in Napa Valley, San Francisco, Morro Bay and Los Angeles, Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon in Arizona, Reno and Las Vegas in Nevada, Salt Lake City and much more. The company's travel packages to Toronto, hockey and baseball games nationwide are attracting more millennials to Great Canadian’s customer base, said Ravazzolo.

"We're always looking to open new markets and anticipate growth," said Ravazzolo.

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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 30, 2018, NFI posted revenues of US $2.5 billion. NFI common shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NFI. News and information are available at

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. Further information is available at

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