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Grande West CEO talks about his company and the Vicinity bus.

http://www.theglobea...sfile&slug=9256

Sounds like they expect it to be certified for the US market before 2014 is over.

For more info about the Vicinity bus, read this:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/asian-pacific-business/canadian-bus-manufacturer-takes-a-different-route/article16925804/

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Thanks to ADB (cptdb editor) and Wilson Hum on Flickr for the following summation regarding the Vicinity bus marketed by Grande West:

They are trying to fill the small commuter shuttle bus market that are much needed in most cities where there is small passenger loads. The bus is 27.5 foot long and has a cap. of 23 passengers seated & 16 standing. Powered by a ISB 6.7 litre Cummins engine rated at 220 HP mated with a ZF 6 speed transmission.

Built by Yangzhou Yaxing Motor Coach Company in Yangzhou China. The Yaxing JS6830GHDP (known as the Vicinity) is a Chinese-built midibus for the Canadian transit market. It meets all Canadian requirements and certifications. The bus was designed by Yaxing in co-operation with BC Transit and Grande West Transportation International. The contract to design the bus was signed in December 2008 in Yangzhou, China.

The pilot bus was produced for BC Transit as a community bus. It arrived in early 2010 and commenced testing during the Winter Olympics. The bus was evaluated over one year at different BC Transit systems. In 2011, BC Transit placed an order for 15 buses to further evaluate their performance.

The lower front fascia was revised on production models. It uses large, single LED headlights and has turn signals in lieu of the fog lights featured on the initial bus.

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Thanks to ADB (cptdb editor) and Wilson Hum on Flickr for the following summation regarding the Vicinity bus marketed by Grande West:

They are trying to fill the small commuter shuttle bus market that are much needed in most cities where there is small passenger loads. The bus is 27.5 foot long and has a cap. of 23 passengers seated & 16 standing. Powered by a ISB 6.7 litre Cummins engine rated at 220 HP mated with a ZF 6 speed transmission.

Built by Yangzhou Yaxing Motor Coach Company in Yangzhou China. The Yaxing JS6830GHDP (known as the Vicinity) is a Chinese-built midibus for the Canadian transit market. It meets all Canadian requirements and certifications. The bus was designed by Yaxing in co-operation with BC Transit and Grande West Transportation International. The contract to design the bus was signed in December 2008 in Yangzhou, China.

The pilot bus was produced for BC Transit as a community bus. It arrived in early 2010 and commenced testing during the Winter Olympics. The bus was evaluated over one year at different BC Transit systems. In 2011, BC Transit placed an order for 15 buses to further evaluate their performance.

The lower front fascia was revised on production models. It uses large, single LED headlights and has turn signals in lieu of the fog lights featured on the initial bus.

just wondering where is the original demo #7130 right now? My last seen on it was during CUTA 2012 in Quebec City which the representative was telling me that it's going back to Yaxing when the 15 production units arrive, is that bus sitting somewhere in BC now?

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Grande West is out with a press release this morning. Below are the most interesting parts for non-investors:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/news-sources/?date=+20140520&archive=ccnm&slug=201405200946870001

"An additional purchase order has been received from Veoila Transdev Quebec for one 30 foot two-door Vicinity bus. The 30 foot two-door model is the latest addition to the Vicinity lineup. This initial order of this new model will be part of our next production run and will be delivered before year end.

Due to strong customer demand for on-site demonstrations, 3 new demonstration buses including the new 30 foot model with 2 doors are nearing completion in our current production run and will be on the road for use by customers this summer. These 3 Vicinity buses will be utilized for marketing and customer testing in key markets across the country. A 30 foot one-door configuration Vicinity model is also available for those looking for maximum passenger seating capacity.

The first of 3 Vicinity buses has been delivered to Kings Transit Authority in Nova Scotia. The remaining 2 buses for King's Transit are in the pre-delivery process at our Aldergrove facility with delivery scheduled in June.

In addition to the three demonstration buses, there are 12 Vicinity 27.5 foot buses for Quebec currently in the final stages of production with delivery planned for early summer."

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12 Vincinity buses for QUebec?????!??!?! wow i never know they ordered that many! Guess Quebec will have more Vincinity than BC does by the end of the year

during CUTA 2012 at Quebec City, Grande West rep was telling me that they are considering building a 2 door version already as they can't sell a 1 door low floor model to Ontario, never know it finally comes in place~~ good news!

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This is bad news for El Dorado National...it will cut into their EZ-Rider sales...also, for the fact that there's a limited market in Canada for medium and light duty buses.

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This is bad news for El Dorado National...it will cut into their EZ-Rider sales...also, for the fact that there's a limited market in Canada for medium and light duty buses.

not easy for them to go into Ontario market especially for the fact that Eldorado has built up the reputation already and most of the systems won't replace their 30ft Eldorado in a while, which is understandable for Grande West to market their Vincinity at Quebec first(outside BC) other than any other province. The same which goes for NFI midi which they still haven't sent a demo down Ontario as well~~

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New Grande West Press Release today. Not much new information other than financial minutia but the following speaks to what business they have had so far:

http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/grande-west-closes-final-tranche-of-private-placement-tsx-venture-bus-1959336.htm

"Grande West has delivered a total of 31 Vicinity buses: 15 buses to BC Transit, 3 buses to Kings Transit in Nova Scotia and 13 buses to Transdev in Quebec. The potential sales funnel is constantly growing, as the Vicinity is introduced to transit agencies across Canada.

For marketing and customer testing, three Vicinity buses are being demonstrated including our new 30 foot model with two doors for the Ontario market and airport shuttle bus applications."

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They have an interesting powertrain setup. Transverse cummins (flywheel to the driver's side) ZF transmission in the one I saw, ZF mitre box to redirect the torque to the axle, and an offset ZF portal drive axle, identical to what Orion 6 and early model nova lfses used.

Maintenance intensive and expensive. Yuk.

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They have an interesting powertrain setup. Transverse cummins (flywheel to the driver's side) ZF transmission in the one I saw, ZF mitre box to redirect the torque to the axle, and an offset ZF portal drive axle, identical to what Orion 6 and early model nova lfses used.

Maintenance intensive and expensive. Yuk.

How does that compare to the New Flyer MiDi?

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Power train wise? MIDI uses a conventional t drive setup, but the engine is the same. I'm not certain on the transmission options.

The drive axle however is not that exotic, and a lot simpler. Having first hand experience on the SLF series years ago, I fear the quality will be poor yet again, because of materials choice rather than design.

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Practically? I think it's because the rear axle is set so far back, maximizing low floor area.

Only they know why that appears to be necessary.

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Grande West Announces New Orders and Launch of the 30ft Vicinity Model

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 20, 2014) - Grande West Transportation Group Inc. (TSX VENTURE:BUS)("Grande West" or the "Company") is pleased to announce it received new orders for four Vicinity buses from Transdev Quebec Inc. and Cape Breton Regional Municipality for a value of $1.1 million. Transdev Quebec Inc. has ordered one 30 foot and two additional 27.5 foot models. Transdev currently has 13 Vicinity buses in service in the greater Montreal metropolitan area and this repeat order will bring the total number of Vicinity buses for Transdev to 16. In addition, Cape Breton Regional Municipality has issued an initial order for one 30 foot model.

Grande West officially launched the new 30 foot, two-door Vicinity bus model at the Canadian Urban Transit Association's Trans-Expo in Niagara Falls earlier this week. The industry response for this new Vicinity model was overwhelmingly positive and generated much interest from attendees. The 30 foot model, which features two doors, was designed to meet the needs of the Ontario transit agencies and the airport shuttle market across Canada.

http://www.grandewest.com/release/grande-west-announces-new-orders-and-launch-30ft-vicinity-model

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Grand West announces new orders:

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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/news-sources/?date=+20150204&archive=ccnm&slug=201502040990598001

Grande West Wins Tender and Announces Orders 09:30 EST Wednesday, February 04, 2015

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 4, 2015) - Grande West Transportation Group Inc. (TSX VENTURE:BUS) ("Grande West" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the Company won a competitive public Tender Bid Contract for a 30' model Vicinity bus for Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

The Company secured additional orders with two new customers in the province of Quebec. Jean-Jacques Campeau Inc. of Brownsburg-Chatham and Fiducie Galland of Laval who have placed initial orders for a total of three 30' model Vicinity buses.

In the fall of 2014, the Company undertook to build seven buses for inventory to shorten the sales cycle. When the production run commenced in November, there was an order from Transdev for one bus. As previously announced, Transdev of Montreal then placed a repeat order, its fourth purchase order, for an additional two buses.

All of these orders resulted in the inventory being sold before the current production run reached completion. All seven buses will be delivered in April and May, 2015.

The total sale value for these seven sold buses equals $1,960,000 which will be received in April and May net of prepaid deposits when the buses are delivered to the four customers. The four most recent bus sales were priced at $290,000 each which is an increase of $48,000 per bus over the initial average sales price for the first 31 buses sold. The initial lower prices were set to gain sales awareness and transit system acceptance which has now been achieved.

By May 31st, there will be 38 Vicinity buses in commercial operation with six customers in three provinces. The Company currently has three buses for demonstration and commercial trials by potential customers across Canada. These units will be released for sale in the near future and will enable customers to have an opportunity for quick delivery now that the inventory buses have sold out.

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Grande West announces they have won a competitive public Tender Bid Contract for a 30' model Vicinity bus for the City of Selkirk, Manitoba, located 35 kilometers north of Winnipeg, and a repeat order from a customer in the province of Quebec for one unit.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/news-sources/?date=+20150409&archive=ccnm&slug=201504091001171001

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Vicinity buses to enter the US market, sold by Alliance Bus Group:

Vicinity buses are "FMVSS" certified and fully compliant to sell in the United States.

The Vicinity is a heavy-duty mid-sized, low floor bus that is ideal for use in transit operations, community, airport, university and hotel shuttle services that require rigorous duty cycles. ABG will offer the Vicinity buses in 27.5', 30' and 35' lengths.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/grande-west-signs-exclusive-distribution-agreement-for-the-united-states-2015-06-01-11173420

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I wonder if they'll be interested in submitting a bid for the current SEPTA 30ft. bus contract...the bid was recently extended...it closes on Friday.

Let us know!

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From the Oakville (ON) there is a post that Grande West was not a document taker for Oakville's tender call for three 30 footers.

Thanks Doug! I found the post and it mentions New Flyer and City View. I didn't know City View--I thought maybe they sold cutaways. But a look at their web page reveals that they sell the El Dorado buses (EZ Riders for Oakville?) but also the Vicinity (from Grande West)!

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Aha - good research work. So it could still be a 3 company response to the Oakville tender. Still, I find it a bit surprising that City View could represent both (who are competitors).

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