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  New Flyer, Alexander Dennis ending MiDi joint venture
 

From Bus & Motorcoach News:

WINNIPEG - A 5-year-old joint venture between Canadian bus manufacturer New Flyer Industries Inc. and Scottish bus maker Alexander Dennis Limited is ending.

The companies, which joined forces in 2012 to build medium-duty, low-floor 30- and 35-foot buses known as MiDi buses, announced that beginning in the fourth quarter of this year, manufacture of the buses will shift from New Flyer’s St. Cloud, Minn., plant to a new Alexander Dennis facility in Nappanee, Ind.

The companies, which joined forces in 2012 to build medium-duty, low-floor 30- and 35-foot buses known as MiDi buses, announced that beginning in the fourth quarter of this year, manufacture of the buses will shift from New Flyer’s St. Cloud, Minn., plant to a new Alexander Dennis facility in Nappanee, Ind.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority awards
New Flyer a contract for up to 35 MiDi® buses
(CNW Group/New Flyer Industries Inc.)

“The decision to terminate the joint venture and transition the product to Alexander Dennis was a mutual one,” Wayne Joseph, president of Transit Bus Business at New Flyer, said in a statement.

Joseph said the shift would allow New Flyer to expand the production capacity at its St. Cloud facility for its Xcelsior heavy-duty transit bus, while Alexander Dennis plans to combine manufacturing of the MiDi bus with its double-deck Enviro500 series bus in Nappanee.

He said that since 2014, 200 Buy America-compliant MiDi buses have been deployed in community shuttle service and to corporate campuses and universities throughout North America. Since the joint venture began, MiDi buses have been delivered to 22 operators in Canada and the United States.

With the termination of the joint venture, the manufacture, sales, marketing and aftermarket parts sales for the bus will be transitioned to Alexander Dennis.

New Flyer said it has completed manufacturing for all firm orders and will continue to support all commitments made to existing MiDi customers for care and product support.

“It has been a privilege to partner with such a respected player in the North American market and after this promising start, now is the right time for us to take full ownership of this product,” said Alexander Dennis CEO Colin Robertson. .............   READ MORE>

 

  MCI unveils more space, upscale interior for J4500
 

From Metro:

MCI unveils more passenger/driver space, upscale interior for J4500

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) unveiled improvements to the J4500 coach. The 2018 model features more legroom and a comfortable 60-seat capacity. New standard touches include indirect LED ceiling lights, puck-style spotlights, and entryway illumination.

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) unveiled improvements to the J4500 coach. The 2018 model features more legroom and a comfortable 60-seat capacity. New standard touches include indirect LED ceiling lights, puck-style spotlights, and entryway illumination.

A reconfigured lavatory and air-intake system produced 20 inches of new floor space, which allowed for best-in-class legroom and an optional, rear window — the first ever on an MCI coach. The reconfigured design also allowed for mechanical advantages, such as improved engine air filtration and easier maintenance. The new Optair hybrid filter system from Cummins includes a standard centrifugal pre-cleaner to remove dust and water, defining a new frontier in engine air intake cleanliness.

“We wanted to improve the revenue- generating cabin space by increasing the usable floor space and seating capacity with an upgraded interior for greater passenger appeal,” said Brent Maitland, MCI VP, marketing and product planning.

MCI worked with longtime partner BMW Designworks to upgrade seating, trim, and lighting to create striking product differentiation for tour and charter operators. Upgraded handrails on the 2018 J4500’s entryway minimize wear, and new parcel racks with easy-to-lock doors have finishes that resist scratches smudges, and abrasions. The parcel racks now integrate with the front interior cap for a cleaner look. The windshield blinds now recess into the front cap, creating a panoramic view for passengers.  READ MORE>

 
  Thomas Built Buses, Agility Fuel Solutions Partner on Propane
 

On the heels of acquiring certain assets of CleanFUEL USA last month, Agility Fuel Solutions and Thomas Built Buses have entered a new strategic partnership to continue delivering to market the Saf-T-Liner C2 propane school bus.
Agility Fuel Systems will provide the propane technology for the Saf-T-Liner C2 following its acquisition last month of CleanFUEL USA.

From School Transportation News:

On the heels of acquiring certain assets of CleanFUEL USA last month, Agility Fuel Solutions and Thomas Built Buses have entered a new strategic partnership to continue delivering to market the Saf-T-Liner C2 propane school bus.

Agility formed a new powertrain systems business about a week before completing its acquisition of CleanFUEL USA on May 11. At the time, Agility explained that the acquisition will enable Agility’s Powertrain Systems business unit to immediately offer complete propane fuel systems for commercial vehicles based on patented liquid propane injection technology.

The new partnership with Thomas announced on Monday brings Agility into the school bus market as it continues the integration of the 8.0L V-8 LPG engine with a true medium-duty Allison 2300 PTS Series transmission.

Thomas said integration of the engine and the Allison transmission leads to lower fuel costs and better performance for fleets. The pairing promises to continue providing greater reliability, quality, performance and efficiency than other propane offerings in the market.

“We are excited to enter into this strategic partnership with Agility Fuel Solutions,” said Caley Edgerly, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses, in a statement. “We have had great success working with Agility’s predecessor, CleanFuel USA, in the development of our popular Saf-T-Liner© C2 propane school bus. CleanFuel USA’s propane delivery system has been instrumental in the success of our propane product and we look forward to working with Agility to develop additional propane solutions in the near future.”

Agility Fuels CEO Kathleen Ligocki added...............  READ MORE >

 

 
 
 

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