After declining for five years in a row, North American school bus sales rose more than 10% in 2012.
SBF research found that in the 2012 sales year (Nov. 1, 2011, to Oct. 31, 2012) school bus sales grew from 29,060 units in 2011 to 32,034 units in 2012 — an increase of 10.2%.
The positive turn comes after school bus sales dropped for five straight years, from 47,614 units in 2006 to 29,060 units in 2011.
In 2012, there were large increases in Type C and D school bus sales. Type Cs (conventionals) went from 20,146 units in 2011 to 21,447 units in 2012 — up 6.6%.
Type D (transit-style) school buses went from 2,507 units in 2011 to 4,109 in 2012 — up 63.9%.
SBF compiles the sales data each year from the U.S. and Canadian school bus manufacturers.
More details on the 2012 North American school bus sales are in SBF’s forthcoming 2013 Fact Book. SBF premium members can download the sales report now in our research center.