The "Buy America" provisions of funding legislation have seen Canadian and European builders teaming with U.S. firms to supply buses to U.S. transit systems. While formerly two U.S. builders dominated their domestic market, recent years have seen these changes: (1) Multinational corporations have established substantial bus manufacturing capacity in the U.S. and are increasing their market share, possibly as a preliminary to becoming major suppliers of trucks; (2) The U.S. market has become stagnant and represents mainly replacements, rather than expansion; (3) U.S. manufacturers had relied on high-volume sales of standard vehicles and may have to resort to international manufacturing to offset high labor costs; (4) Smaller U.S. facilities of non-U.S. firms tend to serve specialized and regional markets. Pessimists in the industry are concerned that U.S. capacity for producing buses has increased 25% without any prospect of more sales. A summary of the status of the U.S. and joint-venture producers follows.

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  • Authors:
    • Young, D
  • Publication Date: 1983-12

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  • Accession Number: 00382589
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 30 1984 12:00AM