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MCI and IMG members gather the Vehicle Innovation Center (VIC), the industry's only tech-lab. From left are Ian Smart, MCI; Patricia Ziska, MCI; Gladys Gillis, The Starline Collection; Chuck Abbott, Gray Line Tennessee; Scott Riccio, Northeast Charter and Tour; Buddy Sload, Krapf Transportation; Brent Maitland, MCI; Dan Martin, Karst Stages; Mike Dixon, Southeastern Stages; Patrick Scully, MCI; Geoffrey Lynch, Hampton Jitney; Brian Parker, Southeastern Stages; Christian Holter, Rochester City Lines; Tom Skinner, Cline Tours; Dan Holter, Rochester City Lines; Frank Leyden, Cline Tours; Robert Lessor, MCI; Greg Gallup, Royal Coach Tours; JP Pelletier, MCI; Steve Batho, MCI; Paul Sanders, Cline Tours; David Warren, New Flyer; and Bronwyn Wilson, IMG.

IMG MEMBERS VISIT THE MCI AND NEW FLYER VEHICLE INNOVATION CENTER (VIC)

Battery Electric, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems,
Connectivity and Autonomous Vehicle Technology Drive the Discussion

DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, NOVEMBER 8, 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, knows when it comes to innovation in the motor coach industry, seeing is believing. And from October 16-18, members of the International Motorcoach Group saw the future during a visit to the Vehicle Innovation Center (VIC), collaboration between MCI and New Flyer. Located on New Flyer of America's manufacturing campus in Anniston, Alabama, the VIC features a lab and education center dedicated to exploring developments in propulsion, vehicle connectivity and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and design for future buses and coaches. IMG members are the first private sector transportation operators to visit the VIC which opened last October.

The three-day exploration covered MCI's deployment of ADAS systems, vehicle connectivity through telematics and the battery-electric platform coming to MCI models in 2020.

Attendees learned how ADAS, available on MCI J-Series models, provides a step towards autonomous coaches. MCI's best-in-class ADAS features collision mitigation upgrades to latest-generation Bendix Fusion that integrates a forward-facing camera with vehicle recognition software to detect and stop for stationary objects; the system also offers lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and more, along with a new optional 360-Degree Camera featuring reverse sensing and audible warning alert. IMG members also got to test the technologies on MCI coaches at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

David Warren, Director of Sustainable Transportation at New Flyer, gave a presentation titled "The Essentials of Electric Bus and Coach Technology and Deployment," offering an in-depth review of lithium-ion batteries, propulsion motors, high-voltage power conversion, and equipment supporting multiple types of industry charging standards.

Attendees also took part in hands-on Learning Lab sessions, including experiencing an electric bus driving simulator that helps drivers hone regenerative braking techniques to increase range and energy efficiency. They also observed how today's telematics that connect vehicles paves the way for greater efficiency in electric coaches. MCI's long-range battery-electric J4500e prototype is already setting benchmarks in test-runs with production scheduled to begin in 2020.

"Our members learned a lot from both days — there's nothing like having a firsthand opportunity to experience product as we did and to learn so much more about electrification at the VIC, said IMG President Bronwyn Wilson. "Only such an event can provide so much information."

IMG is a membership organization comprised of 57 North American coach operators that work together to elevate the standard of service for passengers. Its members represent some of the best operators in the industry.

The Anniston visit drew many responses. Geoff Lynch, President of Hampton Jitney, said, "I learned a lot about where motor coach technology is headed. The MCI and New Flyer relationship looks like a real positive for our industry." Dan Martin, President of Karst Stage, added: "It is meaningful when the sales and marketing team engages the end user as much as you (MCI) do."

For those who want to learn more about the VIC as well as MCI's and New Flyer's move to electric, make time to watch the following short videos:

About NFI Group

With nearly 6,000 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 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 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 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 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) and the all-new J3500 model, and 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 maintenance, repair, 24-hour roadside assistance, and the industry's only Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) accredited MCI Academy technician training center.

For further information, please contact:

Patricia Plodzeen, MCI Public Relations
Tel: 847-283-0883
E-mail: pat.plodzeen@mcicoach.com
   

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