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.
We have developed a range of class leading and low-carbon buses using enhanced diesel technology.
We set the benchmark for economy and CO2 reduction with reduced weight designs and optimised drive systems.
With a string of awards and acheivements going back to 1990, Optare is continually recognised for it’s excellence in the sector.
Leyland Motor Company established
Charles H. Roe started his bus bodybuilding at Cross Gates
East Lancashire Coach Builders established
Ashok adds Leyland to its name to recognise Leyland investment
Charles H. Roe acquired by Leyland
British Leyland Motor Corporation established
Company joins Leyland Truck and Bus
Optare formed by a buy-out from Leyland Truck and Bus
Consolidation of East Lancashire Coach Builders, Darwin Group and Optare
Ashok Leyland acquire 25% of the shares
Ashok Leyland increases shares to 75%
Ashok Leyland increases shares to 98.31%
Ashok Leyland increases shares to 99.08%
Designed for a global market
We design, manufacture and sell advanced vehicles for a global market place.