Based on surveys of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, motorcoach sales from the participating manufacturers saw a 9.7% increase over the same quarter in 2016 to a total of 1,238 units (738 new coaches and 500 pre-owned coaches), according to the American Bus Association Foundation’s (ABAF) fourth quarter/full year 2017 Motorcoach Builder Survey.

“The industry had a very positive fourth quarter and year over year,” said Peter Pantuso, president/CEO of the ABA Foundation. “We saw a four percent increase over last year as a whole and that mimics what is going on within the group travel and tourism industry. We providing more than 600 million passenger trips annually and our customers can be assured our companies are supplying them with newer, upgraded motorcoaches.”

For 2017, the 45-foot sales saw the biggest gains — 7.5% increase over 2016. Year-over-year, the growth for all sizes of motorcoaches was 4%, with 2,423 new coaches and 1,313 pre-owned coaches purchased in 2017.

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