EXCLUSIVE: Deliveries back on the high road in October

By: Graham Gardiner


Bus and coach deliveries were up 13.3 percent in October in comparison to the corresponding month of 2008. Deliveries jumped to

Bus and coach deliveries were up 13.3 percent in October in comparison to the corresponding month of 2008.

Deliveries jumped to 153 in the month, up from the 135 units delivered in October of last year – and the 126 shipped in September.

The rise reverses a decline that has seen deliveries drop off since hitting a peak of 242 in June.

Year to date, deliveries are up 32.04 percent on the same period of last year, with 1,533 vehicles delivered so far (versus 1,161 in 2008), according to new figures compiled by ABC.

Driving the market higher were large deliveries to NSW operators CDC (24 Scanias), Busways Blacktown (15 MANs) and Transdev (7 Scanias), Brisbane City Council (7 MANs), ACT’s Action (7 MANs) and Transperth (6 Mercedes-Benz).

Scania again topped the deliveries list in October with 46 vehicles, followed by MAN (33), Mercedes-Benz (20), Volvo (17), BCI (12), Iveco (9) and Hino (8).

By body, Volgren came out on top with a massive 72 deliveries, ahead of Custom Coaches (27), Bustech (15), BCI (12), Chiron/UBC (7), White-Higer (4),Mills-Tui (3), Express (3) and TOST Omni (3).

Thermo King topped the air-conditioning market, with a dominant 51 units, followed by Denso (34), Cooltek (26), Carrier (23), Coachair (10) and Daewoo (4).

Some 63 percent of deliveries were for city/route buses, up from 50 percent in the previous month; while school buses accounted for 27 percent of deliveries, down from 34 percent in the previous month; and charter and long distance 10 percent (16 percent in September).

A majority of deliveries were to NSW operators (50 percent), ahead of Queensland (19 percent), Victoria (16 percent) and WA (14 percent).

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