Xcelsior®, Better by Design

Since its introduction in 2008, we have built or have on order more than 4400 Xcelsior® buses – in 35’, 40’ and 60’ lengths and with a variety of propulsion systems, and 100% of our production time building heavy-duty buses is now spent on building Xcelsior® buses.

Our objectives were to deliver life-cycle savings and improve the experience for passengers and drivers - and we’ve done just that. With better fuel economy, lighter weight, disc brakes and the industry’s first LED headlights combined with New Flyer’s legendary product reliability and the industry’s most comprehensive aftermarket parts and services, Xcelsior® can give you the Best Bus Value and Support for Life.

Learn more about the features of Xcelsior®.

Lifecycle Cost Savings

Fuel Economy
Xcelsior® has shown an improvement in fuel economy of up to 10%. This is a direct result of the reduced vehicle weight: Xcelsior® weighs 10% less than other comparable buses and also had the lowest curb weight at Altoona among similar buses.

In addition, with the implementation of the New Flyer Connect™ telematics solution, additional fuel savings of up to 11% on average* can be achieved by continuously improving driver performance, fostering efficient driving skills, monitoring of subcomponents performance and control of idle times.

Disc Brakes
Transitioning to disc brakes saves approximately $13,000 over the life of the bus. Disc brakes are easier and less expensive to maintain and service.
We anticipate tires on Xcelsior® buses to last longer due to the reduction in weight and better weight distribution.  A 5% reduction in weight can result in a 2% increase in tire mileage which means fewer operating dollars spent on replacement.

New Flyer LED headlights have a six-year warranty and were designed to last 12 years.

The New Flyer Connect™ telematics system can enable you to achieve maintenance cost savings of up to 26% on average** through improved subsystem diagnostics, proactive maintenance opportunities, reduced wear costs, and improved support from OEM and subsystems suppliers.

* based on case studies conducted on buses in Europe and the UK by New Flyer’s technology partner.
** based on case studies conducted on light and heavy trucks in Europe and the UK by New Flyer’s technology partner.

Altoona Reports

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

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

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

Xcelsior®  has the lowest exterior noise (0 to 35 mph)

Xcelsior®  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 Xcelsior® 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 Xcelsior®  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, Xcelsior® 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 Xcelsior® 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!"