Deliveries still feeling the pandemic pinch

Photography by: courtesy Volgren

After a solid rise last month, the figures are back in the 70s, exclusive ABC data reveals.

Deliveries still feeling the pandemic pinch
There's still plenty to be optimistic about, in terms of bus product.

A month after bus and coach deliveries seemed to be heading in the right direction, the numbers have eased back to the 70s in October.

While 71 is not the lowest figure yet this year (70 in August), it’s back from the more optimistic 85 last month and highlights the ongoing challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

For the chassis sector, in a sign of the times, usual leaders Volvo and Scania recorded 22 and 17 deliveries, respectively. This number remains well down on tallies that often exceeded 40 in the previous year. Mercedes-Benz was next best, but didn't break into double figures.

For the body builders, Volgren can lay claim to an improved month, with its recorded deliveries increasing from 23 in September to 31 in October. Next best was Australian Bus Corporation, whose three brands – Bustech (8), Precision Buses (5) and Elphinstone (4) – combined for 17, down from 24 last month.

Thermo King retains its grip on the air-conditioning sector, with 40 recorded deliveries in October. Despite well above the chasing pack, this was down five on September. Spheros followed on nine, just one less than last month.

The state charts show some variety, with usual leaders Victoria and NSW chased down by Queensland and WA. Queensland topped the chart with 28 per cent, followed by Victoria on 22 per cent, with WA hot on its heels with 22 per cent. NSW languished in fourth with 13 per cent.

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


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