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October 15, 2012  |   Comments (3)   |   Post a comment

Blue Bird to reveal redesigned Type Ds


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Blue Bird will unveil its 2014 All American forward-engine and rear-engine school buses at the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) trade show here next week.

The trade show will be held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center on Oct. 23 and 24.

Blue Bird officials said that the All Americans were redesigned with students, drivers, service technicians and transportation directors in mind, and they include a significant number of new features requested by customers.

“Blue Bird’s All American line has been an industry staple since its introduction in 1948, and to this day it holds the No. 1 sales position in the Type D segment,” said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corp. “While developing the All Americans, we spent significant time focusing on customer-led product improvements to ensure these buses would strengthen our leadership position in the Type D segment.”

Company officials said that features include superior fuel efficiency, turning radius, driver visibility and paint warranty. Also on board are a new passenger window design with “ultra-smooth operation” and enhanced serviceability.

The All Americans meet the Colorado racking rollover specification in their standard configuration, rather than as an option, which Blue Bird said highlights the strength of the core All American bus design. The cockpit has been redesigned to comfortably fit virtually any body size. The ergonomics are similar to those of the Blue Bird Vision, so drivers can transfer between the Vision and All American product lines without having to learn a new cockpit layout.

The new All Americans also share many body parts with the Blue Bird Vision, resulting in a reduction in parts and service complexity.

The All American forward- and rear-engine buses will be on display in the Blue Bird booth at the NAPT trade show. Also on display will be the Blue Bird Micro Bird and the Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision, along with a calculator kiosk in which show attendees can input their fleet usage information to calculate how much money they could save by converting to Blue Bird’s propane-powered buses.

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Bryan - the reason the manufacturer's (not just Blue Bird) design certain things is strictly for safety. For example - the radio speaker not by the can a driver safely operate ANY bus with the radio right in their ear? The fans can be mounted where the purchaser desires. All they have to do let their distributor know. The driver's dome light can also be installed where it is requested. In regard to the passenger side mirror - again - another option the purchaser can get is remote controlled mirrors. Our district has been buying these for the last five years and they're a Godsend, particularly when subs get on the buses. It sounds like you want a bus to drive that was made for you, which some may be lucky enough to get, but more than likely - we drive what we are given. Maybe you should drive a limo instead. Sounds like a bus just isn't your cup of tea.

Scott    |    Oct 18, 2012 11:58 AM

I hope the windowsare not the ones International is using because we have only had them less than a year and the glides are coming out and jaming the window. when we asked for new glides we were told we had to buy the entire window and are still waiting for that 4 week later.

rocco    |    Oct 17, 2012 05:19 AM

Our company bought a 2012 rear engine bluebird all american for shuttle work. Its not the school bus type. They say they have redesigned the bus for 2014. LETS hope so. For a company thats been in the bus buisness as long as they have, all I can say is they still have a long way to go. The lows, The parking brake is right behind the cruise control stick. They parking brake should be in the open. The fan is in the way of the drivers side sun visor. The sunvisors dont cover 100% of the top of the windsheild. There are 2 ac units on the roof. There are no ac units in the dash for the driver. He has to get his cool air from the 2nd unit 5 rows back with only 2 small week circular vents facing the front. On a 80 degree plus day, with the sun beating down on you, forget about the cool air. The ac display/control is so light even on the darkest setting, you still cant read it. There is no floor setting for the drivers heat too. The radio system has no drivers speaker so you have to keep the volume up loud for the driver to hear it. The drivers dome light is in the middle of the roof, not directly over the driver. So forget about reading anything while waiting for passenges. How about hooking up the inside dome lights on a switch that is connected to the door so you dont have to fumble looking for the 2 dome lite switches everytime you come to a bus stop. How about some low lite floor lights too. A back up camera would have been nice. There is only one power outlet on the dash, not the best of locations after you leave a phone charger plugged in and its sticking out close to the steering wheel. A multiple power outlet would have been nice since so many things run on power outlets. Another thing we hate is the long reach for the passenger rear view mirror. Always afraid I'm going to catch it on a pole or a sign in turns. The seat belts receivers stick out into the isle. And lastly the bus bounces badly over some med bumps. Sometimes I feel like Im going to come out of my se

Bryan    |    Oct 16, 2012 09:53 PM

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