THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL

If OEM bus and coach chas­sis are the ‘legs of Fred Flint­stone’ then some­one’s got to be mak­ing the ve­hi­cle body he ‘ran in’. In the bus world there’s a range of qual­ity builders across Aus­trala­sia turn­ing out all kinds of lengths and styles of bus bod­ies

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Sure you could tech­ni­cally drive around on a bus chas­sis all day, but without a body to seat and pro­tect pas­sen­gers prop­erly, is it re­ally a bus at all? We ex­am­ine some lead­ing body peo­ple.

It’s ar­guably been a roller­coaster ride for many bus body builders in the Aus­tralasian mar­ket over the past 50 years or so, with many suc­cess sto­ries un­der­writ­ten by the ab­sorp­tion of blood­lines or end­ing of oth­ers.

The na­ture of the pub­lic trans­port game, cou­pled with chang­ing tech­nol­ogy, bus-mak­ing pro­cesses, and route and con­tract wins and losses have af­fected the for­tunes of many such com­pa­nies.

In that con­text, the bus and coach build­ing com­pa­nies that still do busi­ness to­day – and good busi­ness by all ac­counts – are largely truly amaz­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions, mak­ing qual­ity bus prod­uct fea­tur­ing stylish de­signs and the lat­est en­dur­ing ma­te­ri­als.

Even bet­ter, the best ones are open to feed­back from cur­rent and po­ten­tial cus­tomers, thereby mu­tu­ally evolv­ing the prod­uct.

Ul­ti­mately, op­er­a­tors are spoilt for choice, not just in terms of who they can choose to build the body they want for their newly-pur­chased chas­sis, but also in terms of the be­spoke na­ture that se­lect builders of­fer on each spe­cific bus build, tai­lored uniquely to sat­isfy ex­actly what an op­er­a­tor wants for their fleet.

Most, if not all, also have ex­ten­sive and ex­cel­lent re­pair and main­te­nance skills and tech­niques un­der their war­ranties, or can work won­ders on restora­tion, re­pair and/or up­grad­ing of older ve­hi­cles.

Here, we merely com­mem­o­rate just a few of the lead­ing bus body­mak­ing and an­cil­lary or­gan­i­sa­tions that are do­ing great work in the Aus­tralasian bus in­dus­try to­day.

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