EXCLUSIVE: Deliveries return to trend

By: Graham Gardiner


Bus and coach deliveries came back down to earth in July after reaching a record peak of 242 in June,

Bus and coach deliveries came back down to earth in July after reaching a record peak of 242 in June, spurred on by the final month of the Federal Government’s investment incentive.

Deliveries topped 152, up a little more than 4 percent on the 146 vehicles delivered in July 2008, according to new figures compiled by ABC.

In the year to date, deliveries are up a marked 47 percent on the same period of last year, with 1,124 vehicles delivered so far (versus 764 in 2008).

Driving the market higher were large deliveries to CDC in NSW (17 Scanias), Brisbane City Council (10 MANs), Queensland’s Sunbus (6 Bustechs) and Surfside (six Bustechs), Busways in NSW (6 MANs), Transperth (5 Mercedes-Benz), and Dyson’s in Victoria (4 Scanias).

Scania topped the deliveries list in July with 33 vehicles, followed by BCI (25), MAN (23), Volvo (19), Mercedes-Benz (16), Bustech (12) and Iveco (11).

By body, Volgren came out on top with 44 deliveries, ahead of Bustech (28), BCI (25), Custom Coaches (18), Chiron/UBC (7) and Express (6).

Thermo King and Denso topped the air-conditioning market, with 32 units each, followed by Carrier (29), Cooltek (17), Coachair (15) and Kingtec (13).

Notably, 62 percent of deliveries were for route/city buses; while school buses accounted for 28 percent of deliveries, and charter and long distance 10 percent.

Most deliveries were to Queensland operators (36 percent), ahead of NSW (33 percent), Victoria (17 percent), WA (9 percent) and Tasmania (4 percent).

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