By: Cat Fitzpatrick, Photography by: Courtesy Transit Systems

Bus deliveries are seeing a strong start to 2022 with February’s 97 just falling short of triple figures, exclusive ABC figures reveal.

Volvo and Volgren are presently leading the Australian bus chassis and body-building sectors.

After January’s delivery total of 86 there was a welcome uptick to 97 February. This was six units ahead of February 2021’s total of 91, and a positive start to this year.

In the chassis sector, Volvo repeated January’s total of 20 and took the top spot from Yutong, which delivered 18. BCI’s 18 also earned it joint second place – not only a huge jump from January’s seven, but its best result since June 2021. Scania dropped one for a total of 10 compared to January, but King Long stakes its claim with nine for February. MAN returned after a two-month absence with eight, while Mercedes-Benz dropped down the chart from January’s 14 to six units in February. I-Bus also reported its first deliveries of the year with five.

In the body-building sector, Volgren is back in the number one position with 22 deliveries for February, up five on January. BCI and Yutong again are in second place with 18 units each, while King Long takes third with nine. Irizar retained its fourth place with eight, down from January’s 11, while I-Bus’ first 2022 deliveries made up five. Of the remaining companies, both Coach Design and Express Coaches remained steady on three, matching January, but of note is Gemilang making a return to the ABC deliveries table after its last appearance in December 2020, also recording a February total of three.

In the air conditioning sector, Thermo King recorded the top total of 25, matching its January effort, but not far behind was MCC with an impressive 18 – up 11 units on its January total –  and Cling-Yutong, also on 18. King Long came in third with 12, while Spheros bumped up five on January to reach nine. Hispacold saw a slight drop from 13 to eight, and Coachair from six to five, but another return from 2020 is Kingtec, with two deliveries. 

At the state level, it’s Western Australia’s time to shine with 36 – more than double its January total. Queensland’s January dip looks to be temporary with a second place-grabbing 21, while Victoria eased off a little with 18. NSW took a drop from January’s 28 for a total of 13 in February. The Northern Territory still made itself known with a total of four, while South Australia and Tasmania rounded out the total with one each.

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

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