It all adds up.

The numbers tell us that XcelsiorŽ exceeds expectations. The data from passenger surveys, feedback from drivers and testing at Altoona all say the same thing – that we’ve built a better bus. XcelsiorŽ is lighter-weight, more fuel-efficient and quieter, and when you combine that with New Flyer’s legendary product reliability and the industry’s most comprehensive aftermarket parts and services, you will see that it all adds up. XcelsiorŽ, it’s better by design.

You don't have to take our word for it. Click below to see what others had to say:

Altoona Reports

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XcelsiorŽ has the best fuel economy among 40-foot buses with 2007 or later conventional engines

XcelsiorŽ has the lowest curb weight of all 2007 hybrids tested and the 2nd lowest of all 2007s tested (second to D40LFR)

XcelsiorŽ has the lowest interior noise at center and rear (0 to 35 mph)

XcelsiorŽ has the lowest exterior noise (0 to 35 mph)

XcelsiorŽ has the highest passenger capacity among 40-foot 2007 buses tested

Driver Focus Groups

During the summer of 2010, focus groups were conducted with drivers who had recently had the opportunity to drive XcelsiorŽ in revenue service. 

The drivers were very positive about the following improvements to the bus:

Increased seating
More headroom for passengers
Wider rear door
LED headlights
Touch strip bell cord
Fiberglass body
Recessed overhead panel
Pull-out battery tray
Wider front aisle
LED interior lighting
Tinted roof hatch
Improved exterior styling
Reduced noise Improved ride quality

Comments we heard:
“Smooth, quiet, especially on take-off.”
“With its decreased noise and increased seating capacity, this bus should be a welcome addition to our fleet.” “The XcelsiorŽ with its reduced weight is a very smooth-riding bus for passengers and operators alike.”
“I loved it!” “Sleek”
“Impressive” “Just like a tour bus – smooth running.”
"The short turning radius was a pleasant surprise and out-performed any previous low floor models.”
“A welcome change is the recessed overhead control panel, which will make controls more accessible and safer for the driver.”
“Nice, wide clear windshield.”
“If you see it coming, ride it.”
“Wow! Very good!” “Braking system is phenomenal.”

Passenger Surveys

In the summer of 2010, XcelsiorŽ buses were put into revenue service in two North American cities. No advance notice was provided to the public, and the buses didn’t have any advertising announcing the features of this new bus. Passengers were asked to complete written surveys about the experience and we received feedback from more than 1000 respondents. They told us what we wanted to hear - that XcelsiorŽ meets all of our design objectives and exceeds their expectations!

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"Wowee!  Looks like a spaceship!"
High-tech and more functional
"Awesome, plenty of room."
Looks like the inside of a plane
"Appearance made me get on."
More like a motorhome
"Amazing, very comfortable."
"Big, modern shiny."
"Feels like stepping onto a plane."
"Better seating capacity."
"Cadillac of buses."
"Very quiet."
"Very nice looking bus."
"Very comfortable."
"I am impressed!"
"Clean and spacious."
"Looks cool!"
"It looks like the bus of the future!"
"Like a spaceship bus."
"Very spacious."
"Streamlined design."
"Whoa, new fancy bus!"