school buses




An icon in school transportation, the Blue Bird Vision Diesel bus comes with our unwavering commitment to passenger safety, durability, service and support. Our dedicated team of field service engineers focuses exclusively on school bus operations.

Safety is Standard...

NOT Optional.

The Vision Diesel bus features:

  • Exceptional driver-forward visibility
  • Best-in-class turning radius
  • 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 All American FE Diesel includes proven 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.

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!

Roof Bows

Blue Bird's custom designed one-piece roof bow system ensures safe student transportation.

Safety Tests

Blue Bird buses are built to pass the industry's most trusted safety tests. This is standard with our buses, not an option.

NextGen Seats

Our exclusive Blue Bird NextGen Seats gives you the ability to convert to multiple seatbelt options, easily and affordable.

Stability Control

Blue Bird was the first to market with Electronic Stability Control, or ESC, for School Buses. You have to see it to believe it!

Vision Diesel Specifications

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 B6.7 200-300 hp
16 1/4″, 19 3/4″, 25 3/4″
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
Front: 45″ with standard steel bumper;
Rear: 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
Rear axle with hypoid, single reduction gears with broad range of ratios available to optimize powertrain performance (Rating varies by capacity)
210, 240, 270 and 320 amps with 12 volts
50 Degrees
11R22.5 (G) all-position radials

Up to 33,000 lbs.

Built-in Longevity

Solid Dependability.

The Vision Diesel is custom-tailored to deliver the best combination of:

  • Horsepower
  • Torque
  • Reliability
  • Durability
  • Fuel Economy

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 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.

Oldie but Goodie.

Our Diesel buses hold value like a sponge.

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.

Total Cost of Ownership

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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!

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.

Time Savers

on Diesel Buses
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  • Enhanced service doors
  • Proven performance
  • Simple service strategy


of our Diesel buses
!! Best in class
  • 15 gallon DEF tanks
  • Cummins SCR self-contained system
  • Shared parts commonality with all Diesel models


on Diesel Buses
5 year, 100,000-mile Cummins warranty
  • Engine & Transmission
  • Entire Fuel System