Deliveries demand defies Covid-19 impact

Bus and coach deliveries enjoy a solid recovery in April, exclusive ABC data reveals.

Deliveries demand defies Covid-19 impact
Bus and coach deliveries rose 35 per cent month-on-month in April, 2020.

After one month of below-average figures, the Australian bus and coach market is back up to 131 deliveries in April, a solid 35 per cent increase on March.

The result is well above industry expectations owing to the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, nearly returning to February’s pre-lockdown tally of 140.

For the chassis sector, Volvo had its best month for the year with 55 deliveries, three more than its previous best of 52 in January. Scania (37) was slightly off its previous high in February. Yutong and Bustech also reached double figures.

The body building sector saw Volgren record 31 deliveries (including two from subsidiary Supportrans), an increase of 11 on last month. Australian Bus Corporation (comprising its Bustech/Precision Buses/Elphinstone brands) was involved in a combined 28 deliveries. Irizar (18) and Custom Bus (17) also had their equal and outright best months of the year, respectively.

For the air conditioners, Thermo King had a personal best month with 67, five more than its previous high of 62 in February. Hispacold also had a yearly top of 24, four more than January’s 20. Spheros (18) and Cling/Yutong (11) were also on double figures.

Victoria was the busiest state in April (29 per cent), not too far ahead of NSW (25 per cent). Western Australia remains active on 20 per cent.

Click here for comprehensive bus and coach delivery information for April. Please note all data is as supplied from manufacturers, with their involvement at their discretion.

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