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  1. New Flyer cancelled their joint venture with Alexander Dennis. The MiDi is going away.
  2. I understand this to be the third failed North American launch of their mid-size platform. 1. Dennis Dart 2. JV with Thomas School Buses (Freightliner) and now 3. New Flyer
  3. I consider any buses from 27.5 to 35 foot to be 'mid-size'.
  4. It's my understanding that the Gillig mid-size is a standard 40' with a portion removed from the middle. MARTA was looking for an option for a bus that can maneuver well in communities. I also think that the price point would be similar to a standard 40', while the Vicinity would be significantly less.
  5. This is Grande West's first US transit customer, certainly a major milestone for the company. The other customer is the Atlanta Airport where 13 35' CNG buses will be delivered in a few months.
  6. The price for the MiDi and Vicinity are quite close now, and in Prince Albert the Vicinity was more expensive - and still won the tender. The MiDi is a revamp of the Dennis Dart, which Vicinity is taking out at BC Transit. MiDi is also based on a truck chassis, where the Vicinity is a true monocoque frame like traditional 40 foot buses and a true heavy duty product from how I understand it.
  7. Those will end up being CNG buses, @Silly Tilley. You are correct. Where did you hear?
  8. Yes, I am a shareholder and do some contract work for GW. GW outsources their labour so they can scale up or back depending on demand without having to commit to high fixed costs. The facility has not been announced yet, but i expect it to be in the midwest. Grande West is just entering the US marketplace. If the success in Canada is any indication of how it will go in the US, the Vicinity will be very disruptive starting in 2017.
  9. Grande West is the driver and innovator of the different Vicinity models. Yaxing is no longer doing the manufacturing for GW, they are using a different subsidiary of Weichai. Weichai will have less and less to do with the manufacturing as GW opens its US facility this year to produce Buy America Vicinity buses. With its lean manufacturing model, margins will be higher than the larger companies and will be profitable in Q1. There are also funds that are put into trust for warranty - but most of those are pass through claims. So transit claims with GW, then GW claims with the manufacturer o
  10. I don't think that the MiDi really ever got much traction in Canada or the US. In Canada, they lost pretty much every tender against Vicinity.
  11. You are correct, @Silly Tilley. Capital cost savings combined with fuel/maintenance can be up to 30-40% overall. Thank you for your correction (it's always a moving target). @Mark Walton If the 40' buses are running under-utilized, why throw away the initial capital investment, maintenance and fuel savings just because it's a smaller percentage of overall costs vs. labour?
  12. Hi, David: The Grande West Vicinity costs about 40% less to purchase than a standard 40'. Maintenance is also about 1/3 less, plus fuel savings. GW engineered a true 30' heavy duty bus from the ground up requested by BC Transit - so it's not a 40' with 10' removed. 35' is also the same metrics and can hold up to about 55 passengers, not that different than a 40'. Cheers, TF
  13. Hi, @Large Cat - At the 2016 BC Transit workshop, it was stated that 50% of their fleet (1200 buses) would replaced over the next five years in their Right-Sizing trend. Grande West received a five-year contract from BC Transit about the same time. I expect the majority of these replacements to be with Vicinity. BC Transit was not interested in the MiDi, it's not a true heavy-duty model.
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