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Specialty Products: Front-Engine Bus Chassis

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Spartan Chassis supplies conventional front-engine diesel chassis for use on Type C school buses in the United States and Canada to bus manufacturer Lion Bus Inc. of Saint-Jerome, Canada.

Spartan’s purpose-built chassis design improves durability and extends the duty-cycle of the bus. In addition, each chassis features:

  • 65/66 and 71/72 passenger capacity configurations
  • 2010 EPA-Certified Cummins® ISB 6.7L diesel engine with horsepower offerings of 200, 220 and 250
  • 2500 PTS automatic Allison transmission
  • Up to 31,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight rating
  • 254" or 276" wheelbase
  • Up to 50-degree wheel cut
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • 50,000 psi frame rail strength
  • Five-year chassis and seven-year body warranties
  • Authorized Service Network throughout the U.S. and Canada

The Lion Bus offers a number of product attributes that are unique to the industry and which school districts and private fleet operators find beneficial:

  • Product lifecycle (bus body): 15 years
  • Wider interior: 96-inch body width enables 18-inch aisle width using seat widths of 39 inches
  • Safety: Three-point safety belts (lap & shoulder) can be installed without any capacity loss using seat widths of 42 inches
  • Materials: Bus body is made of fiberglass composite material finished with gelcoat, a high-quality coating with proven anti-corrosion properties
  • Roof construction: Bus roof is constructed of one piece (no joints) and is leakfree
  • Body skirts: Formed using TPO, a durable, anti-corrosive material with a proven track record in commercial applications
  • Door step-well: Manufactured using a durable one-piece polyethylene that will not corrode
  • Battery tray/box: Constructed of acid-tolerant polyethylene that will not corrode
  • Driver visibility: Significant improvements (windshield is 20 percent larger and hood slope is best in class)

Chassis are manufactured at the Spartan Chassis facility in Charlotte, Michigan and then shipped to the Lion Bus plant near Montreal, Canada for body installation and completion. The buses are sold directly to dealers, school districts, and school bus contractors in the U.S. and Canada.

For more information, please visit:
Lion Bus Website
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