IKARUS / NABI
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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 (no longer available), 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)
||Jacksonville Transp Auth 8901-8908
||(Jacksonville option not exercised)
||San Diego Transit Corp 201-225
||Metro Transit of Harris County (Houston) 2400-2404
||Metro Transit of Harris County (Houston) 2405-2578
||Metro Transit of Harris County (Houston) 2579 [LNG]
||Port Auth of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) 3020-3044
||Community Transit (Seattle) 807-812
||PACE (Chicago) 2200-2212, 2214-2271
||Metro Transit of Harris County (Houston) 2700-2729
American Ikarus (1992-1996)
||Metro Transit of Harris County (Houston) 2580-2585
||Metro Transit of Harris County (Houston) 2730-2753
||Metro Transit of Harris County (Houston) 2586-2645 [LNG]
||Miami Dade Transit 4001-4040
||Mass Transit Admin (Baltimore) 9501-9510
||Washington Metro Area Transp Auth 5201-5230
||Miami Dade Transit 5001-5026
||Washington Metro Area Transp Auth 5231-5245
||Niagara Frontier Transp Auth (Buffalo) 9501-9567
||Southeastern Pennsylvania Transp Auth (Philadelphia) 5001 (rejected - returned to AI, used as demo??)
||Southeastern Pennsylvania Transp Auth (Philadelphia) 5002-5400
||Southeastern Pennsylvania Transp Auth (Philadelphia) 5001(II) (replacement)
(Production lists of North American Bus Industries, 1997 to current)
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