After consecutive months of triple-figure deliveries, August has dropped below 100
Despite a stellar couple of months, Australian bus and coach deliveries have finally dropped below the 100 mark.
After May and June saw 102 units and July jumped up to 120, August has fallen to 90 deliveries.
In the chassis section, Volvo was once again the leading company, following its 27 July deliveries with a further 18 in August. Scania rose and nearly stole Volvo’s crown with 16, while Mercedes-Benz (13) and Yutong (12) weren’t far behind. Bus & Coach International (BCI) fell to eight deliveries, while MAN increased its deliveries in August with six units delivered. BYD and I-Bus (4) both increased their August output by one, while King Long and Custom Denning (3) rounded out the tail with BLK Auto and Challenger (1).
When it came to bodybuilders, there was once again no beating Volgren. Although overall deliveries fell in August, Volgren didn’t suffer the same fate as it rose by one from July with 27 deliveries made this month. Volgren was far and away the best in the sector, with Yutong and Bustech Group (12) next best, as the latter fell while Bustech Group improved on its July numbers. BCI remained prominent with nine, while Irizar recorded half of its July result of 14 deliveries with 7 for August. Once again Custom Denning and I-Bus were steady with four deliveries, while King Long, Coach Concepts and Express Coaches couldn’t be split with 3. In an even finish, four body-builders split the final six deliveries for August.
In the air-conditioning sector, Thermo King firmly held its spot as king of the pack. In a similar pattern to July, Thermo King followed up last month’s 36 deliveries with another 35 in August. Next best was Coachair with 16 as it improved rapidly from its six deliveries in July, while Cling-Yutong remained consistent with 16. Hispacold dropped from 17 units in July to 10 in August, with Valeo (7) and Songz (4) being the next best in a one-sided market. Following the newcomer for August was King Long with three deliveries and MCC (1) with lower numbers for the month.
After being usurped in the states battle in July, New South Wales flexed its muscles in August. NSW came third in July with 26 deliveries, and in August it returned to the top with 32, or 36 per cent of the deliveries. Queensland remained steady, recording just the one less delivery in August to finish with 23 deliveries, or 26 per cent, and rise to second place. Next best was Victoria, who dropped from 31 July deliveries to just the 15 in August, while Western Australia fell away badly from its 43 July deliveries with just the 13 (14 per cent). South Australia jumped back up from its three deliveries in July to record six in August, while Tasmania had the sole unit delivered for the month.
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