Washington, DC – Today the American Bus Association Foundation (ABAF) released the second quarter 2017 Motorcoach Builder Survey. Based on surveys of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the United States and Canada, motorcoach sales from the participating manufacturers saw a slight decline over the prior year to a total of 928 units (624 new coaches and 304 pre-owned coaches).
“The reason for the decline over last year was due to a large fleet purchase by one company,” said Peter Pantuso, president & CEO of the American Bus Association Foundation. “The sales numbers this year show a return to normalization in purchasing, which still is at a healthy level for the industry.”
The decline in sales for the second quarter were offset by the continued strength of sales of the new 45-foot motorcoaches, which saw a 2.0 percent increase over the same period in 2016. The less than 45-foot sales continues to see a decrease carried over from the first quarter, these sales are expected to pick up as the year progresses.
“We continue to see an increase in bigger buses this year, which is always a good sign for group travel,” said Pantuso. “While the quarter over quarter saw a slight decline, we expect sales of all sizes of coaches to pick up through the year.”
About the Report
Data were collected by John Dunham & Associates for the American Bus Association Foundation. John Dunham & Associates is a leading New York City-based economic consulting firm specializing in the economics of fast moving issues. Data – which reflect updated results from prior reports – were collected by John Dunham & Associates for the American Bus Association Foundation. Changes in data definitions and reporting occurred over the past quarter and are reflected in these figures.
About the ABA Foundation
The American Bus Association Foundation (ABAF) is the scholarship and research arm of the motorcoach, tour and travel industry. The largest non-profit in motorcoach group travel, 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.