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As was the case with mainstream Class A motorhomes, sales of bus conversion shells declined during 2001, according to a survey by National Bus Trader magazine.
There were 362 bus conversion shells sold in 2001 to luxury coach converters, a 21% decline from 459 units sold during 2000, National Bus Trader reports.
During 1999, there were 466 bus conversion shells sold, according to the magazine.
The most popular bus conversion shell in terms of sales last year was the 45-foot Prevost LeMirage XL II. The second-most popular was Prevost’s H3-45 VIP. Third was Van Hool’s S2145, fourth was MCI’s E4500 and fifth was Prevost’s 40-foot LeMirage XL II.
Forty-five foot long units accounted for 94% of all bus conversion shells sold last year, National Bus Trader reports.
In comparison, wholesale deliveries of Class A motorhomes declined 18.5% in 2001 to 33,400 units, versus 41,000 units shipped during 2000, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Bus conversion shells accounted for 13% of the intercity bus market in 2001. There were 2,797 intercity buses, both seated models and conversion shells, sold last year, a 3.7% decline when compared with 2000, according to National Bus Trader.