Bus market slows

The number of new bus deliveries reported throughout Australia has taken a fairly sharp dive in September, exclusive ABC data reveals

Deliveries decreased in September 2017 with 53 brand-new buses delivered throughout Australia.

This pales in comparison to August, during which 110 new bus deliveries were reported by manufacturers, representing a decrease of 57 vehicles.

The September delivery number stacks up poorly when compared to the 88 new buses delivered at the same time last year. 

Scania had an average month, its deliveries decreasing from 36 in August to 20 in September. Volvo followed with 18, which was well down on last month’s 40.

Higer and King Long had a strong month, reporting four deliveries each. Most other manufacturers delivered less than three vehicles respectively.

The body builders posted fairly low-key results overall, with Volgren leading the pack on 21, that figure being well down on the 47 reported in August. Bustech had a strong results with seven, up from five the month before.

The majority of other builders delivered less than five vehicles respectively.

For air-conditioning suppliers, Thermo King led the way with 28 deliveries nationwide, a sharp drop on the huge 68 a month earlier, but still leading the market by a considerable margin. Spheros was involved in the delivery of seven units, while Hispacold and Konvekta posted five each.

Queensland led the states on 30 per cent, followed by Victoria (26 per cent), New South Wales (25 per cent), Western Australia (17 per cent), and SA with 2 per cent.

  • Not all manufacturers were able to submit their delivery data by the deadline for this month. These will be included in the October deliveries upload.

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