January 29, 2014, Deposit, N.Y. – Leonard Bus Sales is excited to report that IC Bus is ready to begin shipping the first CE Series buses equipped with the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine.
“Our customers have been looking forward to getting these new IC Bus CE Series buses since we announced last fall that we would be carrying the Cummins engine as an option,” said Leonard Bus Sales President Mike Leonard. “With these Cummins-powered IC Bus brand buses, we truly do offer the broadest range of clean-diesel engine options in the industry.”
Since October, Leonard Bus Sales customers have been able to order CE Series buses with either the MaxxForce engines or the Cummins ISB engine. With an original planned delivery of early 2014, the buses with the new engine option are right on schedule.
“We have spent recent months getting our technicians fully-trained and prepared for the delivery of Cummins-equipped CE Series,” said Mike Leonard. “Now, our award-winning customer support team stands ready to help customers put these Cummins-powered buses to use for years to come.”
More information about IC Bus’s announcement can be found in their press release below:
IC Bus Begins Customer Deliveries of CE Series School Buses with Cummins ISB Engines
LISLE, Ill., Jan. 27, 2014 — IC Bus announced today that it has started customer shipments of its first CE Series school buses with the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine. The first units were released today from the company’s Tulsa, Okla., assembly plant.
“Adding the Cummins ISB as an offering on our CE Series buses was intended to provide us with a new opportunity for growth and we are excited to already see results reflected in the first two months of orders,” said John McKinney, president, Navistar global bus. “Customers now have access to the broadest selection of mid-range diesel engines in the industry and we are encouraged by the long-term market potential for the CE Series.”
IC Bus CE Series buses are available with the MaxxForce® 7, MaxxForce DT and the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engines. To date, IC Bus has received more than 2,000 orders for CE Series buses with the Cummins ISB engine.
The CE Series school bus was designed based on the needs of customers—focusing on passenger safety, driver comfort, vehicle durability and serviceability. The driver cockpit incorporates feedback and measurements from more than 1,500 school bus drivers to ensure the bus offers optimum ergonomics, easy-reach features and maximum comfort while driving.
Built with more safety features than any other school bus on the market, the CE Series school bus offers the widest entry doors in the industry at 32 inches. It also comes standard with a Leave No Student Behind® alarm system that requires drivers to disable an alarm at the rear of the bus before exiting, ensuring no student is overlooked.
IC Bus CE Series school buses are built with 16-gauge steel side rails and an 18,500-lb rear steel spring suspension standard, offering customers durability and one of the longest-lasting buses on the road today. And, when service is required, the bus’s Easy-tilt® three-piece hood and exterior electrical panel makes maintenance trips quicker and easier—increasing vehicle uptime.
The IC Bus dealer network includes more than 290 dealers across the U.S. and Canada. In addition, IC Bus customers can leverage the International® Truck dealer network for service and support throughout the product lifecycle.
Leonard Bus Sales, Inc. is owned and operated by the Leonard family, a recognized leader in the distribution and support of quality, environmentally-friendly school and commercial buses. A third generation family-owned business, Leonard Bus Sales has nearly 50 years of experience providing cost-saving fleet management and award-winning customer support. Leonard Bus Sales is a leading-distributor of IC BusTM brand buses in Upstate New York. The company also distributes Type-A school and commercial buses from Trans Tech throughout New York and Type-A commercial buses from Champion Bus in Upstate New York. The company is headquartered in Deposit, NY and operates four full-service facilities in Bergen, Rome, Saratoga Springs and a Trans Tech Type-A facility in Garden City Park, N.Y. — www.leonardbus.com.