The World Bus & Coach Manufacturing Industry Report

The World Bus & Coach Manufacturing Industry

Date of publication: September 9, 2016

Edition: Ninth

Frequency: Biennial

Format: Hard copy with online digital access

Price: GBP 2150.00 + VAT / EUR 3000.00 / USD 3675.00


The World Bus & Coach Manufacturing Industry is a comprehensive review of the global bus and coach building industry concentrating on vehicles above 7.5-8.0 tonnes gross. It provides a clear picture of the industry today and looks at what may happen in the future.  

This fully updated and revised edition starts with an overview of the industry. CEOs from the leading Western European bus manufacturers have been interviewed and their views on the key issues affecting the global industry summarised. Reviews of the component supply industry are included and the alternative driveline chapter has been split in two, with chapters covering hybrid driveline developments and electric driveline developments added due to the growing demand for both vehicle types. 

As always, the report provides a review of the bus and coach manufacturers by region and country containing registration and production figures for all world markets, where available including five year forecasts. It concludes with the latest update of who owns whom in world bus manufacture and world bus component manufacture.





Chapter 1            An overview of the world wide industry

This chapter provides a snapshot of the world bus building industry and how it has developed in recent years.

Chapter 2            State of the industry – top CEOs air their views

The views and opinions of the leading CEOs in the bus building industry are set out in this chapter following exclusive interviews. Progress and performance of these companies in the past two years is highlighted and the opinions of each CEO on issues affecting the global industry recorded.

Chapter 3            World bus manufacture - key events in the last two years

A diary of acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures and other significant events in the last two years in the bus building industry taken from the archives of “Truck & Bus Builder”.

Chapter 4            World bus components - key events of the last two years

A diary of acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures and other significant events in the last two years in the bus component manufacturing sector taken from the archives of “Truck & Bus Builder”.

Chapter 5            Legislation – its impact on manufacturers and the market

There have been a number of key changes in legislation since the last edition of this report – this chapter reviews these and assesses the impact on manufacturers.

Chapter 6            Diesel engine developments

Engine manufacturers have adopted their strategies for meeting Euro 6 emission legislation in Europe and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission controls in North America. This chapter looks at the technologies to meet these new and future standards and the engine strategies of independent bus and coach builders.

Chapter 7            Hybrid driveline developments

This chapter looks at the recent development in both series and parallel hybrid driveline developments. It highlights some of the key strategic alliances between component suppliers and vehicle builders, as well as the key system advances since the last edition of this report.

Chapter 8            Electric driveline developments

This is a new chapter based on the surge in interest in all-electric buses notably in China, Europe and to some extent the USA. New vigour in this transport mode has attracted new entrants with expertise in electrical drive, storage and transfer systems. This chapter outlines some of these developments and highlights progress of the electric bus since the last report.

Chapter 9            Transmission and axle developments

The transmission manufacturers and axle suppliers have all played their part in meeting Euro 6 emissions in terms of reducing fuel consumption through reduced weight, improved energy efficiency and use of smart real time connected software. This chapter highlights developments since the last edition of this report.

Chapter 10          Alternative Fuels

It seems that there are many alternative fuels still being considered as a replacement to diesel. One fact is clear and that is there will be no one alternative fuel to diesel and that the demand for alternatives will be based on their local availability, government policy regionally and locally, and commercial viability. This chapter reviews some of the key alternative fuel developments globally by region.

Chapter 11          Chassis equipment – steering, wheels, tyres, brakes, braking systems and suspensions

This chapter looks at chassis treatment and chassis development trends and the contributions the component suppliers are making to safety, comfort and driveability. The impact of electronic control is reviewed with regards to the whole chassis platform and current trends in specific areas such as suspension technology, braking systems, wheel and tyre manufacture.

Chapter 12          Body systems and structural materials

How the latest developments in materials technology are being incorporated into bus component supply and how it affects design, weight of vehicle and products in the market place.

Chapter 13          Body components – doors, windows, floors and body furniture

This chapter looks at the main suppliers of interior equipment for bus and coach.

Chapter 14          Climate control - heating, ventilation and air conditioning

The provision of complete climate / environmental control systems is examined here, where the main providers all now tend to offer complete system solutions. The move to electrical drive systems has occurred in recent years to meet demands of the hybrid and all-electric bus builder, but also to reduce fuel consumption.

Chapter 15          Electrical systems - lighting, wiring, batteries and driver support

An examination of the extensive strides forward made in this area by specialist suppliers and the systems being adopted by specific manufacturers.

Chapter 16          Telematics and real-time information systems

This chapter looks at the increasing importance of operational aids on vehicle performance and total cost of ownership, the increasing importance for communication with and to attracting customers.


The following chapters (17 to 29) report on the main chassis, body and complete vehicle manufacturers by country and region. Each chapter also provides, where the figures are available, an eight year summary of production as well as registrations by manufacturer and country, with forecasts for the next five years.

Chapter 17          A review and forecast for the Western European market

Chapter 18          A review and forecast for the Central European market

Chapter 19          A review and forecast for Russia and the CIS countries

Chapter 20          A review and forecast for Turkey

Chapter 21          A review and forecast for the Middle East and North African markets

Chapter 22          A review and forecast for Central and Southern Africa

Chapter 23          A review and forecast for the Indian sub-continent

Chapter 24          A review and forecast for China

Chapter 25          A review and forecast for Japan

Chapter 26          A review and forecast for Eastern Asia excluding China and Japan

Chapter 27          A review and forecast for Australia and New Zealand

Chapter 28          A review and forecast for the North American markets

Chapter 29          A review and forecast for South and Central America and the Caribbean


Appendix I          Who owns whom in world bus manufacture

Appendix II         Who owns whom in world bus component manufacture

Appendix III        Glossary of terms and definitions