GM "Bustonomy" or "New Buffalo"

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    GM "Bustonomy" or "New Buffalo"

    While I liked how the PAD concept threw GMC back into one of it's historical segments (motorhome), I thought it was too extreme. So, I drew this up, thinking it could be a futuristic bus - should GM ever re-enter that market in the distant future...



    I based the majority of the coach's shape off the old "Buffalo Bus" (PD4107, PD4108, P8M4108A, PD4903, PD4905, P8M4905A, H8H649), but attempted to integrate some PAD design cues into it.

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    I couldn't decide how to do the roof treatment, so I did two different designs, for two different operators. The Trailways coach features a transparent vista window that wraps down the side of the coach on the leading edge of the GM logo. The Greyhound bus simply takes the transparent roof to the rear of the coach, and is a little more conservative in overall form.



    I'd say fuel cell power could propel the coach, but I'd also reason a Hybrid system, powered by the (Isuzu) Duramax 7.8L I-6, could be utilized as well.
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    Re: GM "Bustonomy" or "New Buffalo"

    I think your idea is pretty freaking cool! Good way to think outside of the box! The only little thing that I can nitpick about, is probably the fact that it seems as though it is a little short. But it is cool nevertheless.

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    That looks awesome!!! I would die if I saw one of these on the road, it would be so awesome! Bet theyre areodynamic too.
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    Re: GM "Bustonomy" or "New Buffalo"

    I want you designing buses! THose are pretty radical and great ideas.


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    Re: GM "Bustonomy" or "New Buffalo"

    I think that is pretty ugly!

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    Re: GM "Bustonomy" or "New Buffalo"

    Quote Originally Posted by chaseabryant
    I think your idea is pretty freaking cool! Good way to think outside of the box! The only little thing that I can nitpick about, is probably the fact that it seems as though it is a little short. But it is cool nevertheless.

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    Thanks for the positive comments!

    Yea, I realize in terms of length, these come up short - the original coaches were either 35' or 40' in length, depending on which model was selected.

    However, there has been an increasing trend in charter operators using smaller buses, as smaller group sizes (for one reason or another) prefer not to have a coach sized to their needs. This is a good article on operators adopting smaller sized coaches:

    http://www.busride.com/2005/02/One_s...ot_fit_all.asp

    This market was exclusive to the MCI F-Series, which is now extinct. ABC's M1000 coach is gaining sales in the segment, but having experienced one in person, it's too much like a school bus (body on cab/chassis frame) to me.

    My guess is this trend will only continue in the future, thus in theory, giving GM an exclusive edge in the marketplace with a 30' coach or so.
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    Re: GM "Bustonomy" or "New Buffalo"

    Quote Originally Posted by saturnsteve
    I think that is pretty ugly!
    its about the size of a small house on 4 wheels.. how is it supposed to look

    it does need to be a little longer to fit the proportions of the old bus better... nice job

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    Re: GM "Bustonomy" or "New Buffalo"

    interesting, look's kinda like a garbage truck to me though.


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    Re: GM "Bustonomy" or "New Buffalo"

    you're no where near the 'box', which is awesome
    love the ideas, very original
    kinda reminds me of a - uh grasshopper?
    looks cool
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    You must LOVE the futurarama bus designs huh ?...your not alone.
    Somebody paid over 4 million bucks for one @ Barret-Jackson last month.
    I like this, I would go even further with it, ...ya'know Star Wars Crusier !

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    Re: GM "Bustonomy" or "New Buffalo"

    Quote Originally Posted by STINGRAYSSTUDIO
    You must LOVE the futurarama bus designs huh ?...your not alone.
    Somebody paid over 4 million bucks for one @ Barret-Jackson last month.
    I like this, I would go even further with it, ...ya'know Star Wars Crusier !

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    I like the Futurliners very much, albeit this isn't supposed to simulate that coach.

    I had a chance to see NATMUS's Futurliner at the "Eyes on Design" show I volunteered at in '99; that beast was truly impressive. Even more so as I'm very much a fan of GM Truck & Coach history.

    Perhaps it would be interesting to investigate a re-invention of the Futurliner, though.
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