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16 hours ago, RZ350 said:

Assembled, would be a better description, 95% of the parts come from China. Even the ISB engine is from the Chinese Cummins plant. The Voith Transmission is still sourced from the usual places I believe. Even the axles are now from a Chinese company.

Which makes it quite shocking that there have been no news of an e-bus variant. China is leading the way in that market and it is rather ridiculous to see that GWT is embracing low-emissions over zero-emissions. If BYD can prove itself successful, why can't a manufacturer whose parts are similarly sourced?

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It may have to do with the fact that Diesels are selling well and have a decent reliability track record so far. They may wish to delays little while longer, perhaps 2020 before dipping themselves into the Electric market, which is still in its infancy at the moment. The sales just aren't there, yet.

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Grande West Transportation has decided to sever ties with City View Bus Sales, after their stocks have plummeted sending investors/shareholders into a frenzy. They are looking at cost cutting measures to deal with this and apparently will be taking over direct sales. I am not sure if their American dealer is also affected at this time.

Not good...

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19 hours ago, 7520 said:

Grande West Transportation has decided to sever ties with City View Bus Sales, after their stocks have plummeted sending investors/shareholders into a frenzy. They are looking at cost cutting measures to deal with this and apparently will be taking over direct sales. I am not sure if their American dealer is also affected at this time.

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Does this mean that future orders will have their PDIs done in house as well? And what will happen if the Vicinitys need, for whatever reason, warranty work? Will City View still honour the current warranties they already have?

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On 8/15/2018 at 1:02 AM, Chris W said:

Does this mean that future orders will have their PDIs done in house as well? And what will happen if the Vicinitys need, for whatever reason, warranty work? Will City View still honour the current warranties they already have?

City View will have nothing to do with the warranties. It will be up to Grande West on who they would contract to do warranty work.

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Not sure if any other agency is having this issue, but BC Transit's 2017 Vicinity B30A (30ft) buses are having issues with the drivers' draft door. The plastic piece at the very front comes loose over time and makes it difficult to open and close the draft door. 

I noticed Campbell River BC just removed the draft door all together. 

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Nothing set for orders, but Iowa transit agencies now have the Vicinity as an option to purchase under a state DOT contract.

METRO: Iowa DOT approves contract to add Vicinity buses

Edit: a bit older news item but some Mississippi agencies have a contract in place as well.

METRO: Miss. transit authorities to purchase Vicinity buses

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6 hours ago, sdgta2008 said:

Saw a Vicinity bus on a flat bed going eastbound on Highway 417 near Limoges this morning. 

I wonder where it is going. Did you happen to see what colour it was?

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5 hours ago, Chris W said:

I wonder where it is going. Did you happen to see what colour it was?

It was fully white.  It had the bi-fold doors front and centre like the Oakville units.  I doubt it was headed for Quebec.  Anyone hear of any expected orders in the Maritimes...?

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On 5/15/2019 at 8:47 PM, sdgta2008 said:

It was fully white.  It had the bi-fold doors front and centre like the Oakville units.  I doubt it was headed for Quebec.  Anyone hear of any expected orders in the Maritimes...?

Mystery solved... It was destined for Saguenay.

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  • Grande West announced a manufacturing agreement with Spartan Motors, a leading specialty vehicle manufacturer in the US. Spartan manufactures bus and truck chassis, delivery vans, motorhomes, and emergency vehicles among other things.
  • Spartan will fully manufacture the Grande West Vicinity for the US market, including the bus frame. 
  • Grande West did have a existing agreement with Alliance Bus Group (ABG) to perform final assembly of US market Vicinity buses at their facility in Atlanta, with the frame shipped from China and all other components assembled/installed in Atlanta to meet Buy America. Grande West determined that the capacity of this facility would likely not meet their needs within the next 2 years as sales ramp up in the US. Heaving the full bus manufactured in the US allows for a better production process and reduces exposure to potential tariffs. 
  • ABG will continue to be the exclusive US distributor of the Vicinity and Grande West has hired additional sales staff to assist ABG's sales efforts in the US. There is a lot more bid activity in 2019 and there should be additional US orders in the near future.
  • The agreement with Weichai in China will remain in place and can be used to manufacture Canadian orders as well as US Private sector orders that don't need to meet Buy America. However it does seem like the goal is to eventually have all manufacturing done by Spartan.
  • Even though Grande West is established in the Canadian market they do see potential for future orders especially in Quebec.
  • Grande West is close to launching a electric powered Vicinity bus, it will be developed with a 'turnkey' partner that will provide the entire electric propulsion system.

 

Spartan Motors Secures Vehicle Assembly Contract With Grande West Transportation Group

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Asheville, North Carolina is purchasing 4 30' Vicinity buses for Spring 2020 delivery. these buses will be purchased off a contract with Oxford, Mississippi for Vicinity buses.

Grande West has also agreed to lease Asheville 5 Vicinity buses from January 2020 until the production buses arrive, likely the former Calgary buses currently leased to Oxford until their 5 Vicinity buses are delivered by the end of the year.

Link to City Council report

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Spotted a 35' Vicinity pulling out of the Delta cargo access road tonight at MSP. It was dark at the time so couldn't really tell if it was in service or not. Plain white and no decals or lit signs. I'll watch the Delta employee shuttles now to see if it or others start appearing. I'm just assuming it would have to be for Delta as the only other shuttles for the contractors are run with vans or small cutaways.

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Canadian transit vehicle manufacturer Grande West Transportation Group Inc. received a new contract from the Region of Waterloo for four Vicinity buses, totaling to about $2 million.

The buses for Waterloo’s Grand River Transit will be delivered in the second half of 2021.

The company also announced that it has completed the delivery of 34 compressed natural gas (CNG) Vicinity buses. The delivery was completed during the second and third quarter reporting periods.

Grande West now has over 500 Vicinity buses in operation throughout Canada and the U.S.

Source: https://www.metro-magazine.com/10127766/grande-west-lands-new-contract-delivers-34-cng-buses

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On 10/13/2020 at 9:12 PM, A. Wong said:

Canadian transit vehicle manufacturer Grande West Transportation Group Inc. received a new contract from the Region of Waterloo for four Vicinity buses, totaling to about $2 million.

The buses for Waterloo’s Grand River Transit will be delivered in the second half of 2021.

The company also announced that it has completed the delivery of 34 compressed natural gas (CNG) Vicinity buses. The delivery was completed during the second and third quarter reporting periods.

Grande West now has over 500 Vicinity buses in operation throughout Canada and the U.S.

Speaking of new Grande West buses, BNY has two more that are yet to enter service, #8210 and #8209.

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