Bus Deliveries

August deliveries continue on steady path

The bus and coach industry deliveries refuse to plummet down under as vehicles continued to find their homes at a good pace

The bus and coach industry deliveries refuse to plummet down under as vehicles continued to find their homes at a good pace

Many may have expected the national bus and coach deliveries numbers to have dropped following the start of the new financial year, but there’s yet to be a drop-off.

Although August’s 102 recorded deliveries may not rival June’s 134, it’s still a consistent number compared to July’s 110.

We start with the chassis sector, there was just no stopping the market leader in Volvo. The bus and coach giant delivered again with 37 units finding new homes in August, backing up its 40 deliveries recorded in July very nicely. Next up we had Yutong who shot into second with 18 units, well ahead of third place that was split between the consistent Scania and the rising BCI, who both had nine deliveries. In a tight race to the bottom few deliveries, Custom Denning (eight) kept ahead of a pack consisting of King Long, MAN and Mercedes-Benz, with each brand delivering five units apiece. To finish, BLK recorded three deliveries while Challenger (two) and BusTech Group (one) wrapped up the final units for the month.

When it comes to bodybuilders, the top spot comes as no surprise to those who follow the monthly deliveries. Volgren was yet again the dominant force despite dropping from 36 deliveries in July to 27 in August. This number was still well clear of Yutong in second place with 18, while Custom Denning (13) improved on its July efforts by third to snatch a podium spot. BCI (nine) remained as consistent as ever, while Irizar (eight) and BLK (seven) kept their noses ahead of King Long with five units delivered. In another close finish, Marcopolo (four) stayed just ahead of BusTech Group and Coach Concepts with three apiece, while Challenger and Express Coaches (two each) just slid past Scania Higer with the one delivery.

In a complete display of dominance, McConnell proved its consistent capabilities in the local seating market. Its incredible 51 July deliveries was backed up by 40 in August, more than double ahead of the next best in Yutong with 18. Sege (17) wasn’t far behind Yutong, but maintained a healthy distance ahead of the fourth placed StyleRide with 13, including a shared delivery with McConnell. From there the numbers dropped off, with Marcopolo (four), Fainsa (three), APM (two) and Precision Bus with one wrapping up the niche market.

Although it was challenged in July, there was simply no deterring Thermo King when it came to August air-conditioning deliveries. The HVAC giant reigned supreme again with 35 deliveries for August, nearly doubling Yutong (18) in second place. Valeo shot up into third place with a consistent 14 units recorded, while Hispacold (nine) ensured it wasn’t too far off the pace. MCC (seven) continued to impress, with King Long and Denso both registering five deliveries. Coachair dropped back down to four deliveries for August after a superb July, with Spheros (four) and Konvekta (one) completing the units for the month.

Finally we look to the state-based battle, with a new winner surpassing a rampant Victoria in August. Instead of it being an eastern-state battle, WA surprised plenty with 29 deliveries for August to take the cake. Victoria wasn’t too far behind in second with 24 units, maintaining a narrow edge over NSW (21). Queensland dropped off slightly from July with 17 last month, but it was still well ahead of the final two states and territories in South Australia (seven) and the Northern Territory (four) to receive any delivered buses and coaches in August.

For website piece: Click here for comprehensive bus and coach delivery information for August. Please note all data is as supplied from manufacturers, at their discretion.

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