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Saf-T-Liner® C2 School Bus.
Always Innovating.

Over the years, the Saf-T-Liner® C2 school bus has earned a reputation for safety and efficiency. It offers outstanding maneuverability, exceptional driver ergonomics and best-in-class visibility among Type C buses. Yet it’s also one of the most innovative vehicles around. It revolutionized the school bus industry by introducing BusWise® Technologies, a full suite of robust safety, efficiency and serviceability features. That’s innovation for the sake of every kid’s commute. That’s Thomas Built Buses.

Passenger Capacity

Up to 81


158″, 179″, 199″, 219″, 238″, 259″, 279″


Up to 33,000 lbs.

Engine Options

Detroit™ DD5™ engine (available late 2018)
– 200 hp/560 lb-ft (2k or 3k transmission)
– 220 hp/560 lb-ft (2k or 3k transmission)
– 240 hp/660 lb-ft (2k or 3k transmission)

Cummins® B6.7 200-260 hp
– 260 hp/660 lb-ft
– 250 hp/660 lb-ft
– 240 hp/560 lb-ft
– 220 hp/600 lb-ft
– 220 hp/520 lb-ft
– 200 hp/520 lb-ft

Cummins® B6.7N with up to 240 hp

DriveForce 8.0L LPG 339 hp


Zonar® V3™ advanced telematics system

Detroit™ Connect™ available on DD5 engine
(available late 2018)

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  • Up to 55-degree wheel cut*
  • Tapered leaf suspension
  • Obstruction-free open driver’s area
  • Large overhead driver storage compartments
  • Side storage for clipboards and personal objects
  • Customizable driver smart switch placement
  • Non-reflective instrument panel
  • Automotive-style heating and ventilation controls
  • 78″ full-height headroom
  • Saf-T-Vue passenger loading window
  • Low profile aerodynamic hood
  • Instrument panel visibility through steering wheel

*depending on vehicle specifications

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Safety Features

You may have noticed that the C2 school bus looks different than other Type C buses. We chose this design, quite simply, because of the outstanding visibility and safety. The windshield provides a panoramic view and, when combined with the low sloping hood, low instrument panel and A-pillar windows, the C2’s visibility footprint is the largest in the type C category. Plus, it offers a number of other features that enhance safety, including:

  • Saf-T-Net construction
    • Side skirt reinforcement
    • Extended roof bows
    • Rafter system
  • Double-bolted body mounting clips
  • Fuel tank mounted between frame rails
  • One-piece bonded windshield
  • Saf-T-Bond adhesive joints
  • 33.3″ high windows
  • Meets or exceeds FMVSS/CMVSS
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Available Options
  • BusWise® Technologies platform
    • Zonar telematics system
    • PV360 camera
    • Collision avoidance systems
    • WiFi
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Detroit™ Connect Virtual Technician remote diagnostics service (available
    with DD5 engine only)
  • Wheelchair lift
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Adjustable pedals
  • Air suspension driver’s seat with available heating
  • Air ride suspension
  • Air disc brakes
  • Variety of AM/FM radio options with PA, Bluetooth, Weatherband and speed-sensing volume controls
  • Remote control/heated mirrors
  • In dash HVAC
  • Variety of seating options
    • Bench seat without belts, with lap belts or with three-point belts
    • Latch seat
    • Integrated child seat
    • Coach-style seat
  • LED light packages
  • Engine exhaust brake
  • Acoustical ceiling
  • Luggage compartments
  • Overhead book racks
  • Reading lights
  • Tinted windows
  • Heated driver’s seat
  • Severe duty wiring harness
  • Soft open/close hood
  • Automatic headlights
  • Trash can
  • Cup holders
  • FleetShield™ corrosion protection
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  • Numbered fault code system for diagnostics
  • Automated light checking system
  • Mechanically fastened warning lights
  • Easy “walk-in access” to engine compartment
  • Passenger windows can be removed with just four screws
  • Comprehensive DiagnosticLink® software
  • Cummins® Stay Warm Feature to reduce DPF maintenance issues
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At Thomas Built Buses, we know that school systems want to get the most out of their transportation budgets. That’s why we build our buses to a higher standard of durability. Thomas Built is pleased to offer a base warranty of three years or 50,000 miles on the Saf-T-Liner C2. This warranty covers the chassis, electrical and manual controls, safety equipment, assemblies and more. Normal wear items are excluded.

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