Motorcoach Manufacturing Sales Slow Down In Q2

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Posted on August 13, 2019
Did you purchase a motorcoach in Q2 of 2019? (Photo via Flickr user Richard Eriksson)

Did you purchase a motorcoach in Q2 of 2019? (Photo via Flickr user Richard Eriksson)

The American Bus Association Foundation released its second quarter 2019 Motorcoach Builder Survey on Aug. 8 showing slower 2Q-over-2Q sales of buses.

Based on surveys of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, motorcoach sales from the participating manufacturers saw an decrease over the prior year’s second quarter to a total of 766 units (502 new coaches and 264 pre-owned coaches) sold in the second quarter 2019.

There was an overall 15% decrease in sales year over year. However, pre-owned vehicle sales were up by 11% over 2018 second quarter sales. The biggest drop in sales was in the 40-45 foot group which went from 15 sold in the second quarter of 2018 to four sold in the second quarter of 2019.

“Despite a small drop year over year, we are still seeing strong sales numbers,” said Peter Pantuso, president of the ABA Foundation. “The sale of more than 700 buses in a quarter shows companies are still investing in their products to ensure customers are experiencing trips in updated vehicles offering them the convenience and amenities they demand.”

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Related Topics: American Bus Association, buses, industry trends, motorcoaches, research and trends, vehicle sales

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Comments ( 1 )
  • Pierre Bernard

     | about 10 months ago

    An interesting piece overall. So despite slower bus sales in 2nd Quarter 2019 over 2nd Quarter 2018 there is still an increase in sales. The increase in pre-owned vehicles in the same time - overlay signals a shift in the market; clearly, as is stated here. But this could be due to any number of economic factors, like the weather based / flooding that hit the States from the Great Lakes / Midwest all the way down the Mississippi into the Gulf. It's a kind of downturn that wouldn't necessarily suggest some permanent change in the market. Very informative.

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