European bus builders facing change

24 June 2005  •  Author(s): Doug Jack, Partner, Transport Resources International

Most small buses and coaches in Europe are either derived from popular panel vans or based on light truck chassis. ‘Proper’ buses and coaches tend to start from about ten tonnes gross, or approximately a 40 passenger capacity.

Buses and coaches tend to fall into three main categories, often with some carry-over of features between them. First, there are city and suburban buses, invariably with a large part of the floor only one step above the ground. The next main category is the interurban vehicle that has some bus features, such as easier access and wider doors, combined with some coach features; principally seating that is more comfortable. The third main category is the luxury coach, used for express, touring and private hire work. This article is concerned principally with city buses.

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