New Flyer Industries D45S

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New Flyer D45S
New Flyer D45S Viking
Years of manufacture 1998 to 1999
Length 45 feet
Width 100 inches

The New Flyer Industries D45S (sometimes designated D45HF), named the Viking, was New Flyer's commuter coach offering.

New Flyer worked with their parent company Den Oudsten Bussen to develop the Viking. It was first presented as a concept illustration in 1997 with a slightly different design, featuring a wide single passenger door with a glass surround, three-piece windshield that did not wrap around to the sides, and a different front fascia, which matched Den Oudsten's corporate design language of that era, and featured a headlight and turn signal arrangement similar to the Low Floor's. A Den Oudsten-branded version for the European market was also planned but never produced.[1]

The production version of the coach featured narrow double passenger doors with no glass surround, a two-piece split windshield with separate destination sign window, and redesigned front fascia with headlights and turn signals from the Ford Econoline. The first two coaches were built by Den Oudsten and are identifiable by an early version of the redesigned front fascia. Coaches produced by New Flyer featured further revised front fascias.

Due to competition from other manufacturers, as well as a general lack of customers for the unique vehicle, the Viking was unpopular, having only been produced for two years (1998 and 1999) and subsequently discontinued. The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County of Houston and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York were the only customers to purchase the Viking new. Houston's 101 Viking coaches were used on its express routes, and New York's three coaches were confined to the X51 route. Both agencies have retired their fleets from service. Many have found their way into the second hand market.



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Demonstrator/engineering units

Below is a list of known demonstrator and engineering buses

Fleet number Thumbnail Year VIN Engine Transmission Notes
1998 18596
4700 1998 18597 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R


New Flyer Industries
Current Models

Battery-Electric: 35ft: XE35 - 40ft: XE40 - 60ft: XE60
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG): 35ft: XN35 - 40ft: XN40 - 60ft: XN60
Diesel: 35ft: XD35 - 40ft: XD40 - 60ft: XD60
Diesel-Electric Hybrid: 35ft: XDE35 - 40ft: XDE40 - 60ft: XDE60
Electric Trolleybus: 40ft: XT40 - 60ft: XT60
Hydrogen Fuel Cell: 40ft: XHE40 - 60ft: XHE60

Past Models

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG): 30ft: C30LF - C30LFR - 35ft: C35LF - C35LFR - 40ft: C40 - C40LF - C40LFR
Diesel: 30ft: D30LF - MD30 - 35ft: D35 - D35LF - D35LFR - MD35 - 40ft: D40 - D40LF - D40LFA - D40LFR - D40S - D40i - 45ft: D45S - 60ft: D60 - D60LF - D60LFA - D60LFR
Diesel-Electric Hybrid: 30ft: DE30LFR - 35ft: DE35LF - DE35LFA - DE35LFR - 40ft: DE40LF - DE40LFA - DE40LFR - DE40i - 60ft: DE60LF - DE60LFA - DE60LFR
Electric Trolleybus: 40ft: E40LF - E40LFR - 60ft: E60 - E60LFR
Gasoline-Electric Hybrid: 35ft: GE35LFR - 40ft: GE40LF - GE40LFA - GE40LFR
Hydrogen Fuel Cell: 40ft: F40LF/H40LF- HE40LF - H40LFR
Liquified Natural Gas (LNG): 30ft: L30LF - 35ft: L35LF - 40ft: L40 - L40LF - L40LFR

Platform Invero - Low Floor - MiDi - Xcelsior