MODESTO, CALIFORNIA (March 18, 2011) — The manufacture of buses and coaches in North America is the subject of a new report from market research consulting and business publications firm,

The study examines the industry from the standpoint of manufacturers that fabricate transit, shuttle, and airport buses, motorcoaches, trolleys and streetcars, and school buses. Thirty-nine companies in the U.S. and Canada are profiled, with estimated sales, production volumes, employee numbers, descriptions of their business and key operating features.

An industry structure summary combines the analysis into an overall picture on market size and competitive shares in units and dollars, for each of the product lines discussed.

The report is the result of an extensive effort in which SVN interviewed industry executives, searched the Internet, and scrutinized numerous public domain documents to come up with the findings.

Some of the results contained in the report are:

  • School bus manufacture is the single largest segment in terms of units manufactured, but has only seven players. The top four manufacturers overall in unit terms are all school bus manufacturers. These four together account for 64% of the total bus market.
  • Heavy-duty integral transit bus manufacturers reported healthy order book positions in 2009, powered by the inflow of stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. However, as stimulus funds dried up, transit bus production declined by around 9.5% in 2010 over 2009.
  • The transit bus industry serves as an important entry point for new advanced vehicle technologies, especially those that require major changes, such as new refueling infrastructure. Approximately 30% of transit buses on the road today have an alternative power source, i.e., other than diesel or gasoline.

The 90-page study is titled “Bus and Coach Manufacturing in North America: Size, Segmentation, Competition, Growth and Trends Underlying the Manufacture and Marketing of Buses and Coaches in North America.” Further information is available at SVN’s website or by calling 209-576-8021. provides proprietary market information through interviews, research, and surveys, and performs business analysis for global OE vehicular, body, engine, equipment, trailer, component and related industries.