Blue Bird displays commercial buses at BusCon 2016

Commercial bus fleet operators will find a full range of small- and medium-sized buses options at the Blue Bird booth at BusCon 2016, the company announced.

“At Blue Bird, we’re proud of our 90-year history of building buses to the most stringent safety and quality standards,” says Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird. “Our commercial line customers always get the best of the best in terms of chassis and body construction and safety, so they can transport their passengers comfortably and safely, year after year.”

According to the company, Blue Bird buses on display at BusCon will include:

• Blue Bird Vision: Available in four different fuel types, this bus line features a Ford 6.8L gasoline, propane autogas or compressed natural gas (CNG) engine or a Cummins ISB6.7 diesel engine, and a six-speed automatic transmission. Blue Bird Vision buses seat up to 48 passengers.

• Blue Bird T3RE: Available in diesel and CNG, this bus features a Cummins ISB 6.7 or ISL 8.9 diesel engine, or a Cummins ISL-G CNG engine, and a five-speed automatic transmission. The engine’s rear location means “convenient serviceability, extra cooling and higher power ratings and less noise,” according to the company. It seats up to 48 passengers.

• Micro Bird D-Series MD: Specifically designed for the airport, parking, rental car and hotel markets, this new bus has a 42-inch middle door entrance, wide body with wide aisle, and a total of 74 inches of luggage rack space. It comes in a variety of configurations and accessibility options. Micro Bird Commercial also offers a propane solution in partnership with Roush CleanTech on the D-Series with a Ford 6.8L engine.

• Micro Bird CT-Series DLX: Built on the Ford transit chassis for 38% better fuel economy, this bus has a lightweight frame and aerodynamic design, the company noted. A 32-in. electric double-opening door comes standard.

“These buses are ready for the most rugged road conditions, with ‘crank every time’ confidence you won’t find anywhere else,” Horlock said, adding that many Blue Bird Commercial bus configurations have completed 10-year, 350,000-mile Altoona-testing.

Micro Bird commercial buses also are available through Blue Bird’s network of dealers in the United States.

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