Thomas Built Buses redesigns front-engine Type D product

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Thomas Built Buses announced an array of upgrades for its front-engine transit-style bus designed to make the Type D bus even more appealing to value-conscious customers seeking greater seating capacity for dense routes. The Saf-T-Liner EFX, previously called the EF, was renamed to reflect the extra features, storage and access included in the enhanced vehicle.

Thomas Built says it began the redesign process by conducting focus groups. “We asked our customers how we could make a good bus even better,” says Jed Routh, product planning manager for Thomas Built Buses. “With the new EFX, you’ll see a sleek contemporary exterior like the rest of our buses, and a lot of features customers have been seeking. The EF was already a rugged, reliable product. By making it more aesthetically pleasing with a host of new added features, it now appeals to both drivers and buyers.”

Designed for maneuverability, the new EFX, like its predecessor, holds up to 90 passengers and offers many of the same options. The redesigned exterior makes it easier and more convenient to access electrical components. A new engine cover helps allow belts and fluid levels to be checked easily without removing the cover and without tools. Increased cockpit storage helps make the bus more comfortable and convenient for drivers, particularly in the Type D market where many drivers also serve in other capacities, and appreciate a place for personal belongings.

Powered by a Cummins’ ISB diesel engine with selective catalytic reduction technology, the EFX will be introduced this fall and will be available for order fourth quarter 2011.