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An Invero bus belonging to OC Transpo.

New Flyer Industries is the leading bus manufacturer in North America, headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It began in 1935 as the company Western Auto and Truck Body Works Ltd. Reflecting an increased focus on bus manufacturing, it changed its name in 1948 to Western Flyer Coach. In the 1960s the company further focused on the urban transit bus market. Once again it changed its name to Flyer Industries Limited in 1971.

On July 15, 1986 Jan den Oudsten, a descendant of the family who created the Dutch company Den Oudsten Bussen BV, purchased Flyer Industries, changing its name to New Flyer Industries Limited. Den Oudsten Bussen B.V was a leading and innovative bus manufacturer in its native country, the Netherlands. New Flyer subsequently introduced North America's first low-floor bus, delivering the D40LF to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1989. In 2001, the delivery of 6300 low-floor buses represented close to half of the North American fleet, confirming New Flyer as the dominant player in the transit bus manufacturing industry in North America.

In 2002, Mr. den Oudsten retired as CEO of New Flyer Industries Ltd. and has recently been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Public Transportation Association for his achievements and contributions at New Flyer.

Historic Bus Production Models

The D700 and D800 buses are similar models to Flxible-Grumman Model 53102-6-1 (buses used by New York's MTA):

x indicates fuel type: C - CNG, D - Diesel, E - Electricity (trolley), F - fuel cell, L - LNG.

Production Bus Models

  • x30LF (1996 - present)
  • x35LF (1996 - present)
  • x40LF (1989 - present)
  • D40i (only diesels produced so far) (2001 - present)
  • x60LF (1995 - present)

x indicates fuel type: C - CNG, D - diesel, E - electric, F - fuel cell, G - gasoline, H (later DE, CE, GE) - hybrid, L - LNG

External Links

New Flyer Homepage (http://www.newflyer.com/)

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