|Manufacturer||Blue Bird Corporation|
Fort Valley, Georgia (Blue Bird Body Company) |
LaFayette, Georgia (Blue Bird North Georgia)
Blue Bird Conventional |
Blue Bird/GM CV200
Blue Bird/Navistar SBCV (2004-2006)
|Body style(s)||School Bus|
The Blue Bird Vision, first introduced in 2003, is a Type C "conventional" school bus manufactured by Blue Bird Corporation. It is built on a chassis designed and supplied in-house by Blue Bird. The Vision is available in various seating configurations between 36 and 77 passengers.
In 2002, Blue Bird was undergoing development of several prototypes of a conventional-body school bus on a Ford medium-duty chassis. The new-generation medium-duty Fords had yet to find a body supplier. Blue Bird's 10-year agreement with General Motors to become the standard supplier for the Blue Bird Conventional expired in 2003, which left the company anxious to find a Navistar chassis alternative (Freightliner, the parent company of competitor Thomas Built Buses, pulled its chassis supply). A prototype on an F-650 chassis was developed with new features unseen on conventional school buses.
The Blue Bird/Ford prototype was most notable for the introduction of a wide-angle Fresnel lens to improve driver sightlines in the loading/unloading zone around the entry door. However, the Blue Bird/Ford prototypes would not end in an a supply agreement with Ford.
Although the Blue Bird/Ford never reached production, the body design of the Vision would carry over several features from the prototype. It features a patented "Safety View Vision Panel." This small window, utilizing a wide-angle Fresnel lens, allows the bus driver to see the critical loading/unloading zone.
First generation (2003-2007)Edit
The first-generation Vision was introduced in 2003 as the replacement for the Blue Bird Conventional/CV200 school bus, which utilized third-party chassis from Freightliner, General Motors, and Navistar International. The Vision was (and is) still unique among school bus manufacturers for using a proprietary chassis for a Type C (conventional) school bus; in the past, in-house chassis have only been manufactured for transit style school buses. As such, the Vision features a sharply angled hood for better forward visibility; no outside firms had any influence in its design.
The Vision featured a 50° wheel cut, for improved maneuverability over previous Type C buses. The instrument panel featured large back-lit gauges and switches. The Blue Bird "Handy Bus" option package specified wheelchair lifts and flat-floor interiors. The Vision was also available in standard or high headroom.
Second generation (2008-present)Edit
For the 2008 model year, Blue Bird updated the exterior body design of the Vision. The sharply angled hood was replaced with a rounded design that offered a larger grille. The halogen headlights were replaced with a composite design. Inside, the driver's compartment was redesigned with a new steering column, instrument panel, and control panels. Along with the traditional manual and air-powered service doors, an electric-powered service door became an option.
In 2009, the Vision became the first school bus (from the factory) to be equipped with a propane-fueled powertrain. Propane-powered Visions are powered by the General Motors 8.1L Vortec V8. Previously, school buses fueled by propane were aftermarket conversions (typically of the Chevrolet/GMC B-Series bus chassis).
|Overall Length (inches)||289–471 inches (7.3–12.0 m)|
|Body Width (exterior)||96 inches (2.4 m)|
|Body Height||124–127 inches (3.1–3.2 m)|
|Wheelbase||189–273 inches (4.8–6.9 m)|
|Interior Headroom||74–77 inches (1.9–2.0 m)
|GVWR||Up to 31,000 pounds (14,000 kg)|
- Caterpillar C7 (discontinued in 2009)
- Cummins ISB-07 (6.7L)
- GM 8.1L Vortec V8
- The Vision's propane option is currently the only original-equipment propane-powered full-size school bus in the industry. In the past, propane-fueled school buses were second-party conversions of gasoline engines.
Comparable products Edit
- Vision School Bus Specification Sheet
- Blue Bird Vision - Product Information
- Blue Bird Vision - Propane - Product Information
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