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Overview

Ikarus USA (1989-1992)

Ikarus of Hungary started building buses in 1927, and took the Ikarus name in 1949. Ikarus entered the North American market in 1980 in a joint venture with Crown Coach of California, with the joint venture lasting until 1986.

Ikarus USA, of Union City, Indiana, was organized in 1989 by Union City Body Company of Anniston, Alabama, as a partner company of Ikarus Hungary, then one of the largest bus manufacturers in the world. The intended business was to import bus bodies built in Hungary, to its plant in Anniston, Alabama, for final assembly. Union City Body Company declared bankruptcy in 1992, forcing Ikarus to find its own way in the North American market.

Ikarus of Hungary (and U.S.) should not be confused with the Serbian company Ikarus (Ikarbus after 1992).

American Ikarus (1992-1997)

American Ikarus was organized in 1992 at the same time as North American Bus Industries. At the time of its organization in 1992, American Ikarus took the assets of Ikarus USA. According to the online Alabama Companies Index (link), Ikarus USA started business on May 15, 1991. Bus bodies were built in Hungary, with final assembly in Alabama.

North American Bus Industries (1997-today)

(Brief history and the production lists of North American Bus Industries, 1997 to current)

Ikarus/NABI Models and Order Numbers

(Summary listings of Ikarus / NABI Models and Order Numbers)

Ikarus USA Production (1989-1992)

1989 Production

KA155001-008 416.0 Jacksonville Transp Auth 8901-8908
KA155009-012 416.0 (Jacksonville option not exercised)
KA155013-037 416.1 San Diego Transit Corp 201-225
KA155038-042 416.2 Metro Transit of Harris County (Houston) 2400-2404

1990 production

LA155043-216 416.2 Metro Transit of Harris County (Houston) 2405-2578
LA155217 416.3 Metro Transit of Harris County (Houston) 2579 [LNG]

1991 Production

MA155218-242 436.3 Port Auth of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) 3020-3044
MA155243-248 436.0 Community Transit (Seattle) 807-812
MA155279-349 416.5 PACE (Chicago) 2200-2212, 2214-2271

1992 Production

NA155249-278 416.4 Metro Transit of Harris County (Houston) 2700-2729

American Ikarus (1992-1996)

1992 Production

NA288001-006 416.2 Metro Transit of Harris County (Houston) 2580-2585
NA288007-030 416.4 Metro Transit of Harris County (Houston) 2730-2753

1993 Production

PA288031-090 416.3 Metro Transit of Harris County (Houston) 2586-2645 [LNG]

1994 Production

RA288091-130 436.4 Miami Dade Transit 4001-4040
RA288131-140 436.5 Mass Transit Admin (Baltimore) 9501-9510

1995 Production

SA288141-170 436.6 Washington Metro Area Transp Auth 5201-5230
SA288171-196 436.4 Miami Dade Transit 5001-5026
SA288197-211 436.6 Washington Metro Area Transp Auth 5231-5245
SA288212-278 416.7 Niagara Frontier Transp Auth (Buffalo) 9501-9567

1996 Production

TA288279 416.8 Southeastern Pennsylvania Transp Auth (Philadelphia) 5001 (rejected - returned to AI, used as demo??)
TA288280-678 416.8 Southeastern Pennsylvania Transp Auth (Philadelphia) 5002-5400
TA288679 416.8 Southeastern Pennsylvania Transp Auth (Philadelphia) 5001(II) (replacement)

(Production lists of North American Bus Industries, 1997 to current)

More Information

IKARUS at World Bus Explorer -- Includes information for buses built in U.S.

American Ikarus/North American Bus Industries Wikipedia article

North American Bus Industries at Coachbuilt.com

North American Bus Industries own web site -- Shows its four locations, including the Anniston, Alabama, site, and the former Flxible plant in Delaware, Ohio.

IKARUS (Hungary) Wikipedia article

Ikarus and North American Bus Industries history (Spanish language; use Google Chrome to translate)

Ikarus, Part One

Ikarus, Part Two

Ikarus, Part Three

Ikarus, Part Four

North American Bus Industries

Not to be confused with...

Ikarbus (Serbia) Wikipedia article -- Started building buses under Ikarus name in 1954; became Ikarbus in 1992 to avoid confusion with the reorganized Ikarus of Hungary. (This is a totally different company than those mentioned above.)

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