ADA-Accessible Revolutionary New Design with Second Door, Low Entry Vestibule Seating
Rolls Proudly with NCIL Leaders on Tuesday, July 24 March to the Capitol

DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, JULY 18, 2018: (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, announces its revolutionary new D45 CRT LE Commuter Coach will join the July 24 March to the U.S. Capitol sponsored by the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), one of the nation's leading groups serving people with disabilities.

The Washington, D.C. march, part of NCIL's 30th annual conference July 23-26, has welcomed MCI's D45 CRT LE as the only vehicle to participate in the march for the leading annual event that draws more than 1,000 people with disabilities, disability advocates and allies, members of Congress, and government officials.

But the relationship between NCIL and MCI goes back much further. Three years ago, MCI invited volunteer representatives from NCIL, the Society of Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) to review early design concepts on a revolutionary new ADA accessible Commuter Coach from MCI.

An accessible coach like no other

With a Battery-Electric version coming in 2020, the D45 CRT LE is a durable workhorse like no other. The project produced 32 design concepts — aided by longtime MCI partner Designworks, a BMW Group Company — in the first top-to-bottom D-Series coach redesign in more than two decades. Featuring a curb-level ramp, requiring minimal operator support, passengers with mobility devices board through a mid-coach door that opens directly into same-level, patent pending low floor entry (LE) vestibule. The vestibule offers passenger seating, including for those using mobility devices, plus companion seating, and amenities including power outlet access.

"We don't know of any other bus manufacturer that did the kind of user-based testing we did with the D45 CRT LE," said Brent Maitland, MCI Vice President of Product Planning. "It's been a remarkable experience from the beginning. We learned what features people using wheelchairs or other mobility devices were looking for, plus how our design could help reduce the stress often associated in a daily commute, in addition to full comfort and convenience factors everyone wants on commuter express." With passenger tests going on now on both coasts, "Passenger feedback has been outstanding," said Maitland, adding that passengers of a West Coast transit agency conducting in service user testing recently gave the D45 CRT LE a 93 percent approval rating, and this positive feedback has been consistent with other in-service demonstrations that have followed."

According to Tim Fuchs, NCIL Operations Director, "We're featuring the D45 CRT LE at our Annual Conference on Independent Living because we support this vehicle and the options it gives people with disabilities accessing OTR (Over the Road) and commuter buses," he said.

"We know how closely MCI considered NCIL's feedback and all regulatory requirements when designing this vehicle, and we appreciated the new ideas that came out of the process," said Fuchs. "There's still much more to be done in regard to fully accessible mass transit, but we appreciate that MCI involved us from the beginning and then listened."

Where to see the MCI D45 CRT LE

On Tuesday, July 24 between 9-10 a.m. immediately before the 1.4-mile NCIL member march, the MCI D45 CRT LE will be parked near the Grand Hyatt (at 11th and G Streets NW). Once the march begins at 10:00 a.m. D45 CRT LE will keep pace at the rear of the march concluding with NCIL's Rally at the US Capitol from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

As mentioned, the MCI D45 CRT LE is being tested by public and private transportation organizations across the Nation that are looking for an all-accessible vehicle option on their routes. "We're seeing a wide range of organizations — including major U.S. corporations — testing this coach as they strive to offer transportation that accommodates a more diverse ridership," said Tom Wagner, MCI Vice President, Public Sector.

Find out more about the 2018 NCIL Annual Conference.

For more on the MCI D45 CRT LE, visit

About the National Council on Independent Living

The National Council on Independent Living is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: individuals with disabilities, Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.

About NFI Group

With nearly 6,000 team members, operating from 32 facilities across Canada and the United States, NFI Group Inc. is North America's largest bus manufacturer providing a comprehensive suite of mass transportation solutions under several 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 Group's 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). For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, NFI Group posted revenues of US $2.4 billion.

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About Motor Coach Industries

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is North America's motor coach leader in public and private markets, offering the J4500, the industry best-seller for 13 consecutive years, the all-new J3500 model, the workhorse D Series, including the breakthrough ADA-accessible MCI D45 CRT LE. MCI also supports nearly 30,000 MCI coaches on the road with leadership in OE parts, maintenance, repair, 24-hour roadside assistance and the industry's only ASE-accredited MCI Academy technician training center.

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