Motorcoach manufacturers are seeing continued growth in sales since the COVID-19 pandemic, with Q3 data for 2023 showing the strongest third quarter since 2019, according to the American Bus Association Foundation’s (ABAF) 2023 Motorcoach Builders Survey, which is based on surveys of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the U.S. and Canada.
In Q3, participating manufacturers sold 338 new and 104 pre-owned coaches, for a total of 442 motorcoaches. This compares with 427 during the third quarter 2022.
The increase in sales was led by the private sector buying 33% more new vehicles than a year ago. A positive sign the private motorcoach industry is continuing its recovery from the losses during the pandemic, according to the ABAF.
Meanwhile, the public sector buying fell more than 75% for new vehicle sales quarter-over-quarter.
“It is positive to see the private motorcoach industry continue along the road to recovery,” said ABA Foundation President Peter Pantuso. “There continues to be challenges the industry needs to overcome before we can say we are in full recovery; one being hiring enough drivers to meet the travel demand.”