Motor Coach Industries (MCI) completed a delivery of nine new 2020 MCI J4500 coaches to Transport Clément Bégin.
Based in Sainte-Germaine-Boule in Western Quebec, Canada, Transport Clément Bégin purchased the new J4500s to shuttle mining personnel nearly 100 miles to a remote site in Northern Quebec seven days a week. These are the first new MCI coaches for the charter and school bus company, which was named after the founder and is now in its third generation of family leadership.
Built with a semi-monocoque low-corrosion stainless steel body, the MCI J4500 is ideally suited to long-distance employee shuttles. Offering a modern, spacious interior and best-in-class legroom, Clément Bégin’s new coaches have a 52-passenger seating capacity. The model’s lighter weight, next-generation Cummins X12 engine, new for model year 2020, improves fuel economy and extends the J4500’s low total cost of operation even further.
To withstand Northern Quebec’s remote roads and cold weather conditions, Clément Bégin added a Spheros heater that pre-heats the engine to eliminate cold engine starts and accelerate window defrosting and defogging. The company also added heated taillights; LED headlights; and MCI’s optional Severe Duty package to assure smooth driving during the coldest months of the year.
The Severe Duty package offers supplemental engine air filters, drive and front axle mud flaps, engine compartment under pans and a transmission shroud. It also includes a differential breather tube shield to protect compartments from road debris and guard against ice and snow, increasing the reliability of electrical connections. A 3M paint film minimizes small-stone damage.