Winnipeg bus manufacturer New Flyer Industries is teaming up with the UK’s largest bus maker to develop a medium duty transit vehicle for the North American market.
WINNIPEG: New Flyer Industries Inc. is teaming up with the UK’s largest bus maker to develop a medium duty transit vehicle for the North American market.
New Flyer, a Winnipeg-based manufacturer of heavy duty transit buses in Canada and the US, will collaborate in a long-term joint venture with Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) to introduce a North American medium-duty (midi) low-floor bus specifically developed and tested for a 10-year operational life.
“With the escalating costs of fuel and maintenance, there are many of our transit customers’ routes that do not require a full sized heavy-duty bus with a 12-year design life. Customers on both sides of the border have asked us to provide a bus that meets their needs for this application,” said Paul Soubry, New Flyer’s president and CEO.
The company is also looking at fulfilling the need for “midi” vehicles from private shuttle operators and forecasts total demand to be about 1,000 buses annually.
Soubry said after evaluating its own midi bus with manufacturers around the world it decided to collaborate Alexander Dennis, which has a world-class midi bus that is modern, quiet and fuel-efficient.
New Flyer will be responsible for sales, marketing, manufacturing and aftermarket support while Alexander Dennis will handle engineering, test and prototype development.
Market launch is planned for early 2013.
New Flyer said the buses will be driven by either clean diesel, electric hybrid or compressed natural gas.
Alexander Dennis, based Falkirk, Scotland, has two other manufacturing sites in Scarborough in North Yorkshire and at Guildford, in Surrey.