• Safety
    The Foundation of Blue Bird Buses
  • Quality
    Separates our Buses from the Rest
  • TCO
    Your Total Cost of Ownership Solution

Safety is Standard - not Optional.

The Vision Diesel bus features:

  • Exceptional driver-forward visibility
  • Unique mirror systems - improving driver awareness and increasing child safety
  • 90% cleaner emissions than in 2006
  • Ultra-low sulfur fuel usage

Adding to health protection for students and improved air quality in communities, the Vision Diesel includes proven selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology.

SCR diagram - selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology


In the SCR system, nitrous oxide gas is injected with diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), which reacts with the catalyst. That reaction breaks the nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions down into harmless nitrogen and water vapor. These components are a pure and natural part of the air we breathe. The nitrogen and water vapor then pass harmlessly through the tailpipe.

At Blue Bird, safety is built-in.

At Blue Bird, we don't cut corners when it comes to safety. We build our buses with safety as the number one priority- always.

Blue Bird's custom designed one-piece roof bow system ensures safe student transportation.
Safety is Built in at Blue Bird
Blue Bird buses are built to pass the industry's most trusted safety tests. This is standard with our buses, not an option.

Our options are designed with safety in mind.

We're always thinking ahead when it comes to safety. Check out these safety features- they really are remarkable!

Our exclusive Blue Bird NextGen Seats gives you the ability to convert to multiple seatbelt options, easily and affordable.
Blue Bird was the first to market with Electronic Stability Control, or ESC, for School Buses. You have to see it to believe it!

Advances in serviceability, ergonomics and comfort equip our Vision Diesel buses with built-in longevity and solid dependability year after year.

Blue Bird Cummins 6.7 EngineThis Vision Diesel bus is custom-tailored to deliver the best combination of:

  • Horsepower,
  • Torque,
  • Reliability,
  • Durability
  • Fuel Economy

Blue Bird works closely with Cummins, an industry-leading engine manufacturer, to develop unique and proprietary engine and drivetrain configurations specifically designed for our Blue Bird school buses.

Vision Diesel NOx 0.2 - Blue Bird Bus

The Vision Diesel’s after-treatment system allows the bus to meet the latest, near-zero nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter emissions levels. In fact, our diesel buses are over 90% cleaner than they were in 2006.

On-board diagnostic instruments monitor the emissions system’s performance.

Our Vision Diesel buses offer the industry’s largest DEF tank at 15 gallons, which better aligns with typical service intervals.

The Blue Bird Vision is equipped with 50,000 PSI C-channel steel frame rails, giving this bus major stability and durability for increased performance.


Blue Bird understands that Budget is a key factor in bus choice.

Determining TCO - total Cost of Ownership - Blue Bird Bus

Calculating the Total Cost of Ownership, or (TCO), allows you to select a bus with confidence, because you will know you are getting the best return on your investment.

TCO is determined based on...
  • Initial purchase price, taking into account...
    • Fuel costs over time
    • Maintenance costs over time
    • Projected bus lifespan

If your fleet has invested in diesel power, the Vision Diesel bus is a great choice, because:

The Blue Bird Vision Diesel bus is priced similarly to other manufacturers, and comes with Blue Bird's attention to quality and durability, increasing the lifespan of your bus.

Shared parts commonality with our Blue Bird All American Diesel models makes it less expensive to have a mixed fleet of bus types.

The new, self-contained SCR system from Cummins makes it easier to perform maintenance tasks on our Vision Diesel buses, and our DEF tanks are the largest in the industry at 15 gallons, which better aligns with typical service intervals.

The Vision Diesel bus delivers economical training and easy maintenance that saves time because of:

  • Enhanced service doors
  • Proven performance 
  • Simple service strategy

To top it all off, the Blue Bird Vision Diesel comes with a
5-Year, 100,000-mile engine warranty from Cummins.

Diesel engines rarely need to be replaced, and diesel buses are known for high resale value. The Vision Diesel is no exception. The Vision Diesel’s best-in-class engines are covered by a standard 5-year, 100,000-mile warranty by Cummins.

All these factors combine to further reduce your Total Cost of Ownership.

Up to 83
27" Wide x 78" High/ Double electric outward opening (optional), Air (optional), Manual door (standard)
37" Wide x 52" High
90 3/4"
Allison 2500 PTS - 5 & 6 speed automatic; Allison 3000 PTS - 5 & 6 speed automatic
Varies by floor plan
Cummins B6.7, 200-260 hp
16 1/4", 19 3/4", 25 3/4"
210, 240, 270 and 320 amps with 12 volts
122" - 128" excluding roof options
4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, 4-channel antilock brake system; Hydraulic disc, air drum and air disc brakes available
Soft ride front leaf spring suspension (Rating varies by capacity); Two-stage steel leaf rear spring suspension system (Rating varies by capacity); Air suspension available
Tilt & telescoping steering column
45" front overhang with standard steel bumper. Rear overhang varies by body length/wheelbase
Front axle (Rating varies by capacity)
Standard 60-gallon, optional 100-gallon located between frame rails in rear overhang; 45-gallon for 169" wheelbase
2 group 31 batteries, each battery rated at 12v, 700CCA & 185 minutes of reserve capacity
Rear axle with hypoid, single reduction gears with broad range of ratios available to optimize powertrain performance (Rating varies by capacity)
50 Degrees
11R22.5 (G) all-position radials
Up to 33,000 lbs.