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Industry Bus manufacturing
Founded 1998
Headquarters Burleigh
Owner Joe & Tony Calabro
Parent Transit Australia Group
Website www.bustech.net.au

Bustech is an Australian bus manufacturer based on the Gold Coast, Queensland.


2000 Bustech bodied Mercedes-Benz O405NH of Busabout
2006 Bustech VST bodied Mercedes-Benz O500LE of Busabout
2012 Bustech XDi with Cummins ISL engine operating on demonstration with Busabout
2013 Bustech CDi with Cummins ISL engine

Bustech was founded in 1998 by the proprietors of Surfside Buslines, Joe and Tony Calabro, in the Gold Coast suburb of Ernest, very close to Surfside's depot.[1] It initially bodied buses on Mercedes-Benz and Volvo chassis.

Most of the early buses were built for the Calabro operations Surfside, Busabout and Hawkesbury Valley. Following the collapse of the Clifford Corporation, Bustech was successful in winning orders from a variety of operators, primarily in Queensland and New South Wales.[2] In October 2004 Bustech moved to a new factory in Calabro Way, West Burleigh.

In 2008 Bustech became part of the Transit Australia Group as part of a restructuring of the Calabro operations.

In 2008 Bustech launched its first integral bus (both chassis and body), the 10.5 metre MDi. This was followed by the 12.5 metre XDi and in July 2011 by the 12.5 metre CDi double decker, the first double deck citybus built for Australian operation since 1973.

In November 2009 Bustech completed its 1,000th bus.[3]


Currently, Bustech produces six bus models:

Both the MDi and XDi were also available with Caterpillar C7 engines. However as they have ceased production of highway engines, the vehicles can now only be specified with Cummins engines.


  1. ^ "Manufacturing Update" Australian Bus Panorama" April 2000 issue 15/5 page 17
  2. ^ Bustech Bus Australia Photo Gallery
  3. ^ Bustech churns out 1000th vehicle goldcoast.com.au 19 December 2009
  4. ^ VST Specifications Bustech
  5. ^ SBV Specifications Bustech
  6. ^ MDi Specifications Bustech
  7. ^ XDi Specifications Bustech

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Media related to Bustech at Wikimedia Commons