Nova Bus LFX

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Nova Bus LFX
Nova Bus LFX
Years of manufacture 2008 to present
Length 40 & 62 feet
Width 102 inches
Seating Capacity 55
Power/Fuel Diesel
Nova Bus LFX

The Nova Bus LFX is a collection of features geared towards bus rapid transit (BRT) applications. They are available on the 60-foot LFS Artic and 40-foot rigid LFS. The LFX was launched at the 2008 APTA Expo. York Region Transit's Viva was the launch customer for the LFX in late 2010.

New aesthetic elements introduced on the demo LFX included flush mounted windows, aerodynamic roof fairings, streamlined mirrors, low profile colour-matched bumpers, recessed fog lights, and colour-matched wheel covers. Inside, tables with their own lights are available at the facing seats near the rear. An element running along the centre of the ceiling has a perforated face and indirect lighting. These two interior elements were introduced with Viva's buses to compliment their existing fleet.

Various aspects of LFX styling package have been added to buses purchased for conventional transit service. For example the New York MTA and Halifax Metro Transit have specified the roof fairings used on the LFX. Flush mounted windows have been made an option for all other Nova models as well. On the other hand, Viva has not specified low profile bumpers or streamlined mirrors on their LFX, blurring furthermore the line between the LFX model and the standard LFS Artic. In the instance of Viva's 2013 buses, they are branded as the LFS Artic even though their appearance is the same as their 2010 buses.

A standard 40-foot LFS may also be appointed with LFX features, but remained branded "LFS". An order of 40 foot buses with LFX features for the WEGO Visitor Transportation System of Niagara Falls were the first to be branded "LFX".


Length: 62'
Width: 102"
Height: 124 in. (new rear), 123 in. (old rear)
Wheelbase: 244" and 253", front to rear
Turning radius: 44'8"
Engine Emissions Availability
Cummins ISL9 8.9L, 280 or 330 hp EPA 2007, 2010, 2013 2008 onwards
Transmission Availability
Allison B500R 2008 onwards
Voith D864.5 2008 onwards
ZF 6AP1700B 2010 onwards
ZF 6HP604C 2008-2010
Front: ZF RL 85
Centre: ZF AVN 132
Rear/drive: ZF AV 132
All wheel disc brakes w/ ABS & traction control
Front and rear: Michelin XZU2 305-70R22.5
Centre: Continental HDU1 385-55RR22.5
Electric system
Volvo Bus Electronic Architecture
HVAC Availability
MCC: standard (heat only) 2007 onwards
Carrier RF-353 with 05G compressor 2007 onwards
Thermo King Athenia with X430 compressor 2010 onwards
Thermo King LRT 2007 to 2010
Fuel tank capacity
142 US gal
Passenger capacity
Seating: 62 passengers
Standees: 60 passengers


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Demonstrator and engineering units

Below is a list of known demonstrator and engineering buses.

Fleet number Thumbnail Year VIN Engine Transmission Notes
No number Nova Bus LFX demo.jpg June 2008 2NVYS92U583000289 Cummins ISL ZF 6HP604C
No number 2010 Nova Bus LFS artic demo.jpg August 2010 2NVYS92U9B3000013 Cummins ISL9 Allison B500R
  • 2011 model.
  • Re-wrapped early 2011 in white with blue accents.
  • Sold to Saskatoon Transit as 1310 in October 2013.
2011 2NVYS92U1C3000377 Cummins ISL9 ZF 6AP1700B
  • 2012 model.
  • White base with blue graphics, streamlined roofline, and BRT interior
  • Displayed at 2011 APTA EXPO.
  • Demo'd with Disney Transport in February 2012.
  • Sold to Saskatoon Transit as 1311 in October 2013.


Nova Bus
LFS Transit · LFS Suburban · LFS Shuttle · LFS HEV · LFS Natural Gas · LFSe · LFSe+ · LFS Artic · LFX
RTS-06 · RTS-06 WFD
Classic TC40-102N · TC60-102N