Founded1989; 35 years ago (1989)
FateDefunct 2015[citation needed]
SuccessorIndustria Italiana Autobus
HeadquartersBologna, Italy

BredaMenarinibus S.p.A. was a bus manufacturer based in Bologna, Italy. The company was established in 1989 through the merger of Bredabus, the bus and coach divisions of Breda Costruzioni Ferroviarie, heir of the consortium Inbus (Industrie Autobus), and Carrozzeria Menarini, established in 1919 in Bologna, anticipating those processes of industrial aggregation that would characterize the bus sector as well as that of industrial vehicles.[2]


Carrozzeria Menarini

Ferrovie Appulo Lucane Menarini Monocar 110

Menarini was established 1919 by Ettore Menarini in Bologna which main activity was the construction of horsebuses, an artisan work that required time and precision. The company began in the 1920s, in collaboration with FIAT, the production of coachwork for collective transport and industrial uses as workshop wagons, ambulances, special vans and buses. During the bombing of Bologna in World War II the factory went destroyed; only in 1946 Menarini restarted the activity producing buses only; with 230 workers produced eight vehicles a month. In the half of the 1950s the production was transferred in a new factory, still in use, in a suburban area; the new plant was built to meet the modern processing needs.

At the beginning of the 1960s was projected and built the coach SDM (Sintesi del Meglio) a milestone in styling and construction techniques. A successful range of buses were built in the 1970s: the Monocar 201 was fit for urban and suburban services, while Monocar 110, Monocar 120 for intercity scheduled services. In the 1980s the company developed and projected low-floor urban buses building the Monocar 220. Due to financial problems the company sold some shares to Breda Costruzioni Ferroviarie whose contribution would have served to modernise the company, later some disagreements with the new management led to the exit of the Menarini family from the new company.[3]


ATM BredaBus 2001

Bredabus was formed in 1987 when the consortium Inbus, established in 1977, closed. The new company was formed by Breda Costruzioni Ferroviarie (45%) of Pistoia and Sofer (20%) of Naples both of the EFIM group.[4]

Bredabus continued to build some Inbus models until 1993 with the inscription Bredabus mod.Inbus. The new consortium projected and built three new models, Bredabus 2001 and Bredabus 3001 (urban), Bredabus 4001 (trolleybus), Bredabus 5001 (suburban), characterized by a modern style designed by Pininfarina made of aluminium alloy or steel.


The new company, that chose a red horse as trademark, passed under the control of Finmeccanica acquiring the necessary resources to develop a range of new buses. BredaMenarinibus produced models in the urban segment such as Monocar 221, Monocar 230, Monocar 321, Monocar 340 while in 1997 began the production of low-floor bus as Monocar 231 and Monocar 240 featuring high technical and design solutions.[3] Particular attention was taken to development of a low-emission vehicle, producing a modern style electric minibus, named ZEUS (Zero Emission Urban System), suitable for the historic centre and sold to some European countries as France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain.[5]

Industria Italiana Autobus

On 20 November 2014, an agreement was signed at the Ministry of Economic Development between Finmeccanica and King Long Italia for the sale of BredaMenarinibus to Industria Italiana Autobus (IIA), owned by King Long Italia (80%) and by Finmeccanica (20%)[3][6] rebranding the new company with the historical name Menarinibus acquiring the former Irisbus production plant in Flumeri. On 24 January 2018, the first twenty Menarinibus Citymood buses, equipped with the new Euro 6 engines, were delivered to TPER of Bologna.[7]


Citymood 12 CNG produced by Karsan under license,at city transit service in Mersin, Turkey
CTT Nord BredaMenarinibus Vivacity
Stadtwerke Osnabrück BredaMenarinibus ZEUS

Below is a summary of BredaMenarinibus production:[8]

Articulated buses
Articulated trolleybuses

See also


  1. ^ "Homepage". BredaMenarinibus. Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Company History". BredaMenarinibus. 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2021-11-24.
  3. ^ a b c "Menarinibus: La nostra storia". Industria Italiana Autobus. Archived from the original on 9 March 2023. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Dopo Inbus costituita Bredabus". La Repubblica Archivio. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Low emission vehicle". BredaMenarinibus. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Bredamenarinibus ora è cinese". La Repubblica Archivio. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Bologna, nuovi bus in piazza". Il Resto del Carlino. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  8. ^ "Products". BredaMenarinibus. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2022.