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themikepeng
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USA
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Posted - 01/19/2016 :  11:52:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit themikepeng's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The writing seems to be on the wall. The IC RE, my favorite bus seems to be dying.
  • There is only 1 engine option left. This is never a good sign.
  • The bus has not recieved as much as a facelift since MY 2009.
  • I have read several stories on this forum saying that they're switching from IC REs. Same goes for my area's districts. They used to operate Amtran/IC REs almost exclusively, and now they're going with HDXs or even type Cs.
  • Type Ds in general seem to be troubled. Their market share has went from 19% in 2005, to 13% in 2012, and then to 11% last year (SBF Fact Book). I don't think type Ds will die out, but I have definitely seen the least IC REs out of all new type Ds, which suggests that if one RE has to go bye bye, it'll probably be IC's
  • It seems that IC has produced very little REs in the past 2 years. Searching for 2015 or 2016 IC RE gives almost nothing, while I can easily find images of 2016 HDXs and All Americans. I only found a video of a 2015 IC RE on Youtube, and some failed bids for 2016 models.
  • IC has discontinued the AE and BE series. While I'm hoping this means they will be able to focus a little more on the RE, it also may mean IC is thinning out their product lines.
Only advantages of the IC RE seem to be that the engine and bus are both made by Navistar, and that there is a 42' 2" length. Lastly, I have seen very little mention of the IC RE on this forum in the past few years. I hope someone will know more about IC's plans than I do. Thanks in advance

bluebirdvision
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Posted - 01/20/2016 :  11:34:58 AM  Show Profile  Click to see bluebirdvision's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
In my opinion type Ds cost more to purchase, run in a fleet and the maintenance cost is also higher. I am not sad to see them decrease in popularity.

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Thomasbus24
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USA
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Posted - 01/25/2016 :  02:56:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
At last check (3 months ago), IC is testing an RE prototype with a Cummins ISB. It's just not market-ready yet. Absolute silence on the FE coming back, so don't hold your breath there.

There certainly isn't much of a market for an RE bus in comparison to the type C and to a lesser extent, the FE's.
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themikepeng
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USA
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Posted - 01/25/2016 :  8:54:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit themikepeng's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Thomasbus24

At last check (3 months ago), IC is testing an RE prototype with a Cummins ISB. It's just not market-ready yet. Absolute silence on the FE coming back, so don't hold your breath there.

There certainly isn't much of a market for an RE bus in comparison to the type C and to a lesser extent, the FE's.


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Thomasbus24
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Posted - 02/01/2016 :  04:37:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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themikepeng
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Posted - 07/22/2016 :  8:12:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit themikepeng's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wow... awesome!
http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/714517/ic-bus-to-offer-cummins-l9-engine-for-re-series-school-bus

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thomas4life
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Posted - 11/28/2016 :  5:41:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks like everyone is going to Thomas or Blue Bird

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1983WardFord
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USA
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Posted - 11/29/2016 :  11:08:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I dunno about that...there's still a fair amount of new ICs (mainly conventionals) coming through the dealership next door. Lots of schools down where I am are running them.

Due to the current economic condition, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off until further notice.
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Thomasbus24
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USA
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Posted - 11/30/2016 :  08:31:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm seeing IC CE buses popping up in places I never imagined I would. Thomas is also gaining strength around my area.
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