Thomas Built Buses Making Upgrades to Front-Engine Buses

Thomas Built Buses is redesigning its front-engine Type D buses to include more seating, storage and access space.

Thomas Built Buses has given its front-engine, transit-style bus an array of upgrades that 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.

Demonstrating the company’s continued commitment to the Type D product, Thomas Built 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,” says Routh. By making it more aesthetically pleasing with a host of new added features, it now appeals to both drivers and buyers.”  

Known for its 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 allows belts and fluid levels to be checked easily, without removing the cover, and without tools. Increased cockpit storage makes 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 SCR technology, the EFX, like all Thomas Built buses, is backed by Thomas Built’s legendary customer support, service and parts availability. The EFX chassis and body are produced on Thomas Built’s Zero-Waste-to-Landfill production lines, where the commonality of parts used in both EFX and HDX buses helps to maximize efficiency and reduce waste.

The EFX will be introduced this fall, and will be available for order fourth quarter 2011.