Finds MCI's 35-foot luxury coach provides flexible options
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Tri State Travel's MCI J3500 Coach

DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, MAY 7, 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, notes Andrew Hillard, President of Galena, IL-based Tri-State Travel, had a plan for the new MCI J3500 the moment he test-drove the all-new 35-foot model on MCI's Reliability Rally event last year.

"We wanted one of the first models," said Hillard. "And we got one." The all MCI operator has now put its first J3500 into service – a 40-seat model with plenty of legroom featuring MCI's top-of-the-line advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS), and a customizable interior lighting package that allows its key customers eye-catching branding as they ride.

That would include tour groups, charters, high schools, colleges and universities. In recent years, Tri-State had begun to see some fundamental changes in school market. "We conduct many day trips for school sports teams and they don't need a full 56-passenger bus, and a mini-bus can be too small. However, a 40- to 44-seat coach provides equal comfort at a better price point," said Hillard. "Just a little bit of cost savings and real comfort makes an enormous difference in winning college business."

All in the MCI parts family

Parts commonality with the MCI J4500 in electrical, suspension, HVAC, frame, body and brake components helps J-Series operators keep a lean parts inventory as well. Additionally, the J3500's EPA 2017 Cummins L9 engine is cooled by an all-electric e-Fan system for gains in fuel efficiency and reliability. The L9 connects to the Allison Gen V B500, 6-speed automatic transmission found in J4500 series coaches.

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About NFI Group

With over 6,300 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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