Deliveries pick up
New buses delivered to operators in Australia appear to be gaining pace after a slow start to 2017, exclusive ABC data shows
Deliveries increased encouragingly in February 2017 with 80 brand-new buses delivered to bus and coach opreators throughout Australia.
This compares well with January 2017, during which 68 new bus deliveries were reported by chassis manufacturers, representing an increase of about 15 per cent.
The February deliveries number stacks up positively compared to the 74 new buses delivered in February last year.
Hino was the biggest surprise in terms of manufacturers, reporting five deliveries for the month of February.
The number of buses delivered by all manufacturers was significantly up compared with January 2017.
The majority of other manufacturers delivered less than four vehicles respectively. On the bodies front, Volgren led the way by a considerable margin with 26, which was up on the 22 reported in January.
Custom Bus had a reasonable showing with seven, although this is down on 11 the month before.
The majority of other builders delivered less than seven vehicles respectively. In regards to air-conditioning, Thermo King was slightly up compared with the month before and its units were included in the delivery of 39 buses nationwide, a slight increase on the 33 it posted just a month before in January.
Coachair had a decrease in February and was involved in the delivery of three buses. Shperos is going strong with 10 and Konvekta is just short of that on seven.
New South Wales and Victoria led the way on a state-by-state basis with 30 per cent each, followed by Victoria (24 per cent) and Western Australia (19 per cent). South Australia had a relatively strong month with 8 per cent.
For Australia’s most comprehensive new bus market industry intelligence update, click here