Passengers around the country are seeking modern transportation options they can feel good about as traffic congestion, costs and air quality continue to saddle today’s growing cities. That is why New Flyer is engineering progressive transit technology that serves our communities and makes our cities smarter, while safeguarding precious resources. In doing so, we are creating jobs, fortifying North America’s infrastructure and modernizing the industry and the world around us.
New Flyer was founded in 1930, as Western Auto and Truck Body Limited, and is now the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, with fabrication, manufacturing, distribution and service centers in the United States and Canada. We continue building on our 85+ year legacy of innovation to deliver innovative transit technology that meets the complex demands of communities today and into the future.
Today, New Flyer operates as New Flyer of America Inc. and New Flyer Industries Canada ULC, subsidiaries of NFI Group Inc (“NFI Group”). New Flyer is North America’s heavy-duty transit bus leader and offers the most advanced product line under the Xcelsior® and Xcelsior CHARGE™ brands, incorporating the broadest range of drive systems available, including clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, trolley-electric, battery-electric and fuel cell-electric.
Together, NFI Group has over 50 years of experience in manufacturing zero-emission buses (ZEBs). It is the largest transit bus, low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses, motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, with 31 fabrication, manufacturing, distribution, and service centers across Canada and the U.S. employing nearly 6,000 team members. NFI Group Inc. actively supports over 41,000 heavy-duty transit buses (New Flyer, NABI, and Orion) currently in service, of which 7,300 are powered by electric motors and battery propulsion and 1,600 are zero-emission.
New Flyer Milestones
- 1930: Founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba (88 years)
- 1968: First electric trolley
- 1988: First diesel-hybrid bus
- 1990: First low-floor bus in North America
- 2008: First LED headlights in the industry
- 2010: Introduced industry-leading Xcelsior bus platform
- 2012: Introduced first battery-electric bus
- 2017: Introduced next-generation battery-electric bus (CHARGE)
- 2017: Opened the Vehicle Innovation Center in Anniston, Alabama
- 2018: Delivered 10,000th Xcelsior®
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1930.Western Auto and Truck Body Works founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba by John Coval with five employees. They built their first bus for Red River Motor Coach Lines.
1933.Manitoba Motor Transit Ltd. was founded, operating bus routes from Brandon Manitoba to points throughout Northern and western Manitoba. A Western Auto and Truck Body Works bus was on the first regularly-scheduled route into the northern community of Swan River, Manitoba.
1940.Developed 12-passenger sedan for, now century-old, Brewster Transport Ltd. in Banff, Alberta. Brewster ordered hundreds of buses of various custom designs throughout this, their expansion era. The open-top buses built by Western Auto and Truck Body Works had Ford chassis. Later, some of the first glass-top buses built by Western were delivered to Brewster.
1941.Western Auto and Truck Body Works introduced the 28-passenger Western Flyer, - the first front-engine, intercity bus. These buses had the engine inside the coach body in the front. A variety of engines were offered primarily the International Red Diamond 450 gasoline engine. One Western Flyer bus for International Transit Ltd. had a British Leyland chassis and diesel engine.
1943.Developed the first Brucks, combination passenger and freight vehicles. Canadian Coachways, Ltd. operated a number of Brucks in Canada's far north for a number of years
1945.Renamed Western Flyer Coach Ltd.
1946.Delivered two sightseeing buses to Salt Lake Transportation Co., believed to be the first time a Canadian firm had sold to the US.
1949.Built more than 350 buses for troop transportation for the Canadian Department of National Defense and for the US Air Force over a 20-year period. Built C-40 and T-40 both for the armed forces and for inter-city and transit bus companies. The International Red Diamond 450 gasoline engines were most commonly used. Buda, Dodge and Ford engines were specified by some Western Flyer customers.
1950.Built three buses for the Department of National Defense. Additional air-intake louvres replaced the destination sign and the bus had one two-leaf folding door. The design was adapted to build one C-33 city bus, the first Western Flyer city bus. It had two bi-fold passenger doors and was in service by Northern Bus Lines, Ltd. in Flin Flon, a rugged northern Manitoba mining center.
1953.Western Flyer introduced the Canuck, an entirely new design that accommodated 33 passengers and had a choice of the International Red Diamond engine or a Cummins diesel engine. It was the first rear-engine bus built by Western.
1955.Manufactured four "deck-and-a-half" Model T36-40 2L buses for three Manitoba intercity bus companies. Introduced the Canuck P-37 redesigned with new up-to-date styling and technology carrying up to 37 passengers.
1958.Introduced P-41 Canuck, which was larger than the 1953 Canuck, carrying up to 41 passengers and had a Cummins JT6B diesel engine.
1964.Expanded into the new Fort Garry Winnipeg plant due to exceptional growth and in preparation for expansion into transit bus manufacturing.Developed Canuck 500 intercity bus.
1967.Introduced the Canuck 600 for the intercity market.Introduced Western Flyer Coach's first transit bus - the D700.
1968.Developed the first 700E electric trolley coach. First order of the restyled coach was by Toronto Transit Commission (part of a 150-bus and trolley bus order).
1971.Renamed Flyer Industries Ltd.
1977.Delivered 343 E800 trolley coaches to San Francisco Municipal Railway.
1978.Developed D901 with a curved front body and curved glass windshield sections to maximize visibility.
1986.Flyer Industries acquired by Jan den Oudsten Renamed New Flyer Industries.
1988.Developed and tested first low-floor bus in North America. Today, 85% of all buses in North America use this technology. This design increased accessibility for physically disabled persons to allow greater independence.
1992.Delivered first low-floor bus to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.Articulated electric trolley.
1993.First manufacturer to implement programmable logic controlled (PLC) multiplexing on all bus models.
1994.Delivered the first compressed natural gas (CNG - and LNG) buses in North America and worked with Ballard Power Systems to develop the world's first hydrogen fuel cell powered bus.
1996.Introduced first articulated low-floor bus.
1998.Delivered first diesel-electric hybrid bus.First North American bus OEM to receive ISO 9001 certification.
1999.Introduced first premium low-floor bus, the Invero®.
2002.Introduced in Seattle, Washington first 60' articulated diesel-electric hybrid bus. This led to the largest single order for diesel-electric buses in North American transit bus history (Seattle, Washington) in 2003.Partnered with San Bernardino County and ISE to develop the first gasoline-electric hybrid buses.Acquired by KPS Special Situations Fund and John Marinucci is appointed President and CEO.
2004.Received CALSTART's Blue Sky Award for contributions to advanced, sustainable transportation solutions.Acquired by Harvest Partners and Lightyear Capital.Re-entered electric trolley bus production. Delivered hydrogen-electric hybrid bus for testing in California.Former CEO and owner, Jan den Oudsten received APTA's Hall of Fame award and CUTA's Lifetime Achievement Award. John Marinucci named Manitoba's Transportation Person of the Year.Delivered world’s first hydrogen hybrid bus to Sun Line Transit in California.
2005.75th Anniversary LogoDelivered first restyled trolley buses to Vancouver Transit: Vancouver as the debut of New Flyer's new style exterior.Delivered 76 gasoline-electric hybrid buses to six California municipalities marking the first commercial production of transit buses using a gasoline hybrid drivetrain.Hydrogen hybrid bus tested for the first time in Winnipeg, Manitoba to see how it responds under harsh winter conditions. Results showed great promise for use in northern climates.Received the Canadian Council of Ministers for the Environment (CCME) award for pollution prevention, Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) Safety Award, Minnesota Governor's Meritorious.
2006.Named to Canada’s Top 100 Employers List for second consecutive year.Received Inaugural MARTA Effective Partnership in Quality Award.Launched “Advanced-style BRT”
2007.Named to Canada’s Top 100 Employers List for third consecutive year.Advanced Style BRT Vehicles now in service in Cleveland, Ohio and on EmX green line in Eugene, Oregon.Completed first delivery of 60-Foot hybrids with Restyled DesignWorld’s first hydrogen fuel cell transit fleet (awarded by BC Transit)
2008.Signed Exclusive Agreement with Ballard for use of Fuel Cell Modules in Shuttle Buses.Named One of Canada’s Most Earth-Friendly Employers.
2009.Named Canada’s top 1—Employers for fifth consecutive year.Won First Place in the American Public Transportation Association's 30th Annual AdWheel Awards competition for Earth Day Awareness Campaign.
2010.80th AnniversaryAcquired the assets and business of TCB Industries, LLC (“TCB”) of Elkhart, Indiana. Named Canada’s Top 100 Employers for sixth consecutive year.Named as one of the Top Employers for Canadians Over.Best ever fuel economy recorded at Altoona (40 ft Xcelsior, 2010 with BAE and EMP – 5.88 mpg).
2011.Appoints Girardin to sell and support heavy duty transit buses in Quebec.Makes first bus sale to a Quebec customer in over 40 years.4000th CNG bus delivered.
2012.Announces Joint Venture with Alexander Dennis to introduce a the MiDi®, a North American mid-sized transit bus.Unveils first all-electric transit bus prototype.Announces its first order for all-electric transit buses from the Chicago Transit Authority.
2013.Announces Marcopolo S.A. to make a C$116 million Strategic Investment in New FlyerNew Flyer Board of Directors Chair, Brian Tobin, Named as an Officer to the Order of Canada.New flyer acquired certain assets from Daimler Buses North America relating to its Orion aftermarket parts business for heavy-duty transit buses.Acquired North American Bus Industries (2013). NABI is an innovative manufacturer of urban transit buses for U.S. customers. NABI also operates one of the transit industry’s most sophisticated aftermarket parts organizations, sourcing parts from over 200 different suppliers and providing support for transit buses throughout North America.Introduced the New Flyer Midi®, 30’ and 35’ medium-sized transit buses (2013), North America’s first mid-sized transit bus.
2014.In June of 2014 New Flyer announced plans to focus on a single heavy-duty transit and BRT bus platform that features its world-class Xcelsior.In October of 2014 New Flyer unveiled the addition of a zero-emission battery-electric propulsion system to its commercially available lineup of Xcelsior® transit bus models at the American Public Transit Association Expo tradeshow in Houston, Texas.New Flyer also announced that it is developing the first ever North American designed and built zero-emission 60-foot battery-electric/fuel cell bus.
2015.New Flyer demonstrates the all Electric Xcelsior® bus on a southern and eastern US tour.New Flyer MiDi demo bus operates during Canada Winter Games in British Columbia.New Flyer acquires MCI, North America's leading motor coach manufacturer, parts and service company.
2016.New Flyer conducted the inaugural road demonstration of the Xcelsior® XHE60 heavy-duty articulated fuel cell transit bus.
2017.New Flyer announces the opening of a new component manufacturing and assembly facility in Jamestown, NY.New Flyer acquires Carlson Engineered Composites Inc.New Flyer announces a USD $25 million investment in its Anniston, Alabama production campus, including the opening of the Vehicle Innovation Center (VIC) , America’s first innovation lab dedicated to the advancement of bus and coach technology connecting people to places.New Flyer launches the next generation of its industry leading, battery-electric heavy duty transit bus: the Xcelsior CHARGE™.New Flyer announces the acquisition of ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, LLC .
2018.Delivered 10,000th Xcelsior®. New Flyer's Paul Cantin and Brydon Owen named Mass Transit's 40 Under 40 Visionary Transit Leaders. First bus OEM in the world to sign on to the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities.
The following are the principles, standards and qualities that describe the desired behavior of all New Flyer employees:
- Integrity: Adhere to our values and consistently deliver on our promises.
- Dependability: Consistent behavior or performance that is deserving of trust.
- Accountability: Willingness to accept responsibility and answer for our actions.
- Passionate: Strong interest and enthusiasm in achieving successful outcomes.
- Responsive: Promptly and professionally reply to external and internal inquiries.
- Decisive: Make decisions supported by appropriate information and takes action.
- Fair: Makes unbiased decisions and seeks to balance the interests of all stakeholders.
- Ethical: Adhere to applicable laws and accepted standards of social or professional behavior.
- Citizenship: Socially conscious member and willing participant in appropriate local, regional and industry initiatives.
When making decisions, New Flyer considers all stakeholders and we seek the optimum balance for long-term success.
New Flyer is proud to provide Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) and Minority Women Business and Enterprises (MWBE) the opportunity to participate in state and local procurements for the sourcing of components and materials in the manufacturing of New Flyer Transit buses.
New Flyer’s objectives of the DBE and MWBE program are:
- To ensure that small DBE and MWBE firms can compete fairly for federally funded transportation-related projects.
- To ensure that only eligible firms participate as DBEs and MWBEs.
- To assist DBE and MWBE firms in competing outside the DBE and MWBE programs.
New Flyer 2018 DBE Goal
New Flyer of America announces its proposed 2019 DBE Goal of 4.3% for Federal fiscal year (Oct 1, 2018 to Sep 30, 2019).
The proposed DBE goal is applicable to all contracts assisted by the Federal Transit Administration and it has been developed in response to U.S. Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program for Transit Vehicle Manufacturers, published under Title 49 CFR, Part 26. Interested parties can submit their comments to: Darrin Smith, DBE Liaison Officer, New Flyer of America Inc., 6200 Glenn Carlson Drive, St. Cloud, Minnesota, 56301 USA c/o 711 Kernaghan Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2C 3T4 Canada; or send to: DBE_comments@newflyer.com
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