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Re: Loss is New Flyer's gain---Orion's closing will open doors for bus makers

Posted by flyerD40LFR9710 on Mon Apr 30 17:49:36 2012, in response to Re: Loss is New Flyer's gain---Orion's closing will open doors for bus makers, posted by Joe V on Mon Apr 30 17:05:35 2012.

Gillig is going nowhere. They win small and medium sized agencies bus bids and are always the lowest and more economical builder for those. Alot of universities have Gillig buses as well. NABI won't go anywhere either with LA loving them and putting the 45C back on the production line and orders from Dallas, Puerto Rico, and New Jersey Transit. I feel one of the problems with Orion was their lack of product options with only having the Orion 7 as their sole bus. NovaBus was in the same boat until they started offering the LFS Artic, LFS HEV, and the LFX BRT artic. I too was banking on NYC being Orion's cash cow for large orders for buses but with NYC turning toward NovaBus and New Flyer, that boat had sailed. Also regarding Setra, not too many customers for that market when Prevost, MCI, and Van Hool have dominated the motorcoach market for years. Daimler giving the models to MCI for sale was probably some desperate attempt to get the brand to sell in the US.

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