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About Optare

Unrivalled expertise in using the latest technologies to innovate in bus design.

Optare have over a century of expertise in using the latest technologies in bus design and manufacturing to deliver the vehicles with class leading style and efficiency.

Part of the Hinduja Group

Our parent, Ashok Leyland, part of the Hinduja Group, is ranked within the top four global bus manufacturers.

Low Carbon

We have developed a range of class leading and low-carbon buses using enhanced diesel technology.

Efficient

We set the benchmark for economy and CO2 reduction with reduced weight designs and optimised drive systems.

Award Winning

With a string of awards and acheivements going back to 1990, Optare is continually recognised for it’s excellence in the sector.

1907-2021

Optare History

1907

Leyland Motor Company established

1920

Charles H. Roe started his bus bodybuilding at Cross Gates

1934

East Lancashire Coach Builders established

1955

Ashok adds Leyland to its name to recognise Leyland investment

1962

Charles H. Roe acquired by Leyland

1968

British Leyland Motor Corporation established

1975

Company joins Leyland Truck and Bus

1985

Optare formed by a buy-out from Leyland Truck and Bus

2008

Consolidation of East Lancashire Coach Builders, Darwin Group and Optare

2010

Ashok Leyland acquire 25% of the shares

2012

Ashok Leyland increases shares to 75%

2017

Ashok Leyland increases shares to 98.31%

2018

Ashok Leyland increases shares to 99.08%

Wordlwide suitability

Designed for a global market

We design, manufacture and sell advanced vehicles for a global market place.

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Leyland Motor Company
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Vehicles delivered
10Awards
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