Motorcoach Sales Held Steady In First Quarter

The limousine industry has seen an increase in motorcoach purchases as operators enter the large group transportation market. (LCT file photo)
The limousine industry has seen an increase in motorcoach purchases as operators enter the large group transportation market. (LCT file photo)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The American Bus Association Foundation (ABAF) this week released the first quarter 2018 Motorcoach Builder Survey, which shows a slight dip year over year in overall bus sales.

Based on surveys of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, participating OEMs sold 622 units (431 new vehicles and 191 used vehicles) in the first quarter compared to 734 (510 new and 224 used) sold in 1Q 2017.

“We are still seeing strong sales numbers as well as hearing that bus operators and manufacturers are confident in a successful 2018,” said ABA Foundation President Peter Pantuso. “The economy is strong, and companies continue to invest in newer vehicles to attract more passengers.”

The first quarter sales numbers were dominated once again by companies purchasing large 45-foot new motorcoaches. Companies continue to invest in amenities such as free Wi-fi, entertainment, and power outlets on board to attract young people who are ditching their cars and forgoing flying to taking trips on buses.

Data were collected by John Dunham & Associates, a New York-based economic consulting firm, for the American Bus Association Foundation. The non-profit foundation is the scholarship and research arm of the motorcoach, tour, and travel industry. The ABAF distributes $100,000 a year in scholarships to industry families and invests in research to demonstrate the important role motorcoach transportation plays in society.

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