New Flyer Industries Inc. introduced its newest standard transit bus model, the Xcelsior today at the APTA EXPO in San Diego.
Xcelsior is lighter weight than New Flyer’s current standard bus designs by approximately 10 percent. The lighter weight of the vehicle is expected to immediately deliver improved fuel economy.
Key features include upgraded styling, a redesigned bumper and LED headlamps, as well as a single-reduction axle, all-wheel disc brakes and improved access. Accessibility has been greatly improved with a wider door and entry area, a lower front step and an improved ramp angle.
The single-reduction axle, along with the rooftop AC and improved insulation, is expected to reduce noise. Passengers and drivers will enjoy an improved ride quality, better visibility, interior LED lighting and many other interior advancements.
“Xcelsior incorporates the reliability and quality of our proven low-floor platform while delivering many new features,” said John Marinucci, New Flyer’s President and CEO. "Through a comprehensive market analysis, we were able to identify opportunities to deliver maximum benefits to customers at lower projected life cycle costs.”
Customer-driven objectives were established and progress against these objectives was measured throughout the design and build process. Evolving market demands and an increased focus on reducing operating and maintenance costs were at the core of the development process.
Fuel economy is anticipated to increase du eto reduced weight and lower maintenance costs are achieved through a number of product advancements.