EXCLUSIVE: Bus deliveries hit new record in June

By: Graham Gardiner


Bus and coach deliveries were up 60 percent in June compared with the same month of last year, according to

Bus and coach deliveries were up 60 percent in June compared with the same month of last year, according to new figures compiled by ABC.

Deliveries data received from major chassis manufacturers show deliveries topped a record 242 in June, way ahead of the 150 vehicles delivered in May.

In the year to date, deliveries are up a whopping 57.28 percent on the same period of last year, with 972 vehicles delivered so far (versus 618 in 2008).

Driving the market higher were large deliveries to PTD in SA (23 Scanias), NSW State Transit (16 Mercedes-Benzs and 5 Volvos), Brisbane City Council (13 MANs), Premier (12 Mercedes-Benzs), Transperth in WA (10 Mercedes-Benzs), and Ventura in Victoria (8 MANs).

Mercedes-Benz topped the deliveries list in May with 57 vehicles, followed by Scania (53), Volvo (36), MAN (24), BCI and Hino (23 a piece), Bustech (12) and Iveco (11).

By body, Volvo came out on top with 66 deliveries, just ahead of Custom Coaches (65), Bustech (25), BCI (23), and Mills-Tui and Chiron/UBC (11 each).

Thermoking was a clear leader in the air-conditioning space, with 82 units, followed by Coachair (63), Carrier (38), Denso (35) and Kingtec (11).

Notably, 59 percent of deliveries were for route/city buses; while school buses accounted for 33 percent of deliveries, and charter and long distance 8 percent.

A vast majority of deliveries were to NSW operators (42 percent), markedly ahead of Queensland (19 percent), Victoria (15 percent), South Australia (12 percent) and Western Australia (9 percent).

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