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New Saf-T-Liner C2 School Buses from Thomas Built Hit the Road This Year

HIGH POINT, N.C. — As children across the nation go back to school, many of them will be riding in the new Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2 school buses equipped with the Detroit DD5 engine. Since the introduction of the combination in mid-2018, Thomas Built Buses has delivered nearly 1,200 new C2 buses equipped with the state-of-the-art Detroit DD5.

“We have received extraordinary feedback on the DD5-equipped Saf-T-Liner C2s,” said Caley Edgerly, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses. “Transportation directors are impressed at the power and efficiency of the 4-cylinder engine. And in the coming months, districts will soon realize the decreased maintenance and overall cost savings. This back-to-school season is one that we’ve been looking forward to for a long time.”

The Detroit DD5 engine is a 5.1-liter engine adapted specifically for the Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2. As a result, it is cleaner, easier to maintain, and provides a lower total cost of ownership compared to older diesel engines.

School districts can expect reduced consumption of both Diesel fuel and Diesel Exhaust Fluid resulting in lower operating costs. As the after-treatment system does not have as much to process, fewer regen cycles and the longest service intervals in its class truly distinguish the DD5-equipped Saf-T-Liner C2.

The DD5 engine also comes equipped with the Detroit Connect Virtual Technician. Detroit Connect is a subscription-based remote diagnostic service (free for the first five years) that instantly transmits data to the Detroit Customer Support Center to enable informed service decisions. Performance data is also tracked to provide insights into overall vehicle health, fuel economy and safety performance.

Customers who are interested in ordering a new Saf-T-Liner C2 with the new Detroit DD5 engine can contact their local Thomas Built dealer.

About Thomas Built Buses

Founded in 1916, Thomas Built Buses is a leading manufacturer of school buses in North America. Since the first Thomas Built bus rolled off the assembly line, the company has been committed to delivering the smartest and most innovative buses in North America. Learn more at or at

Thomas Built Buses, Inc., which is headquartered in High Point, N.C., is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America, LLC., the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America and a leading manufacturer of class 4-8 vehicles. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company.

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