EXCLUSIVE: Deliveries continue to motor along

By: Graham Gardiner


November 2009 bus and coach deliveries came in 20 percent ahead of the corresponding month of 2008, according to new

November 2009 bus and coach deliveries came in 20 percent ahead of the corresponding month of 2008, according to new figures compiled by ABC.

Deliveries reached 162 in the month, up from the 135 units delivered in November of last year – and the 153 shipped in October 2009.

The strong result pushed deliveries for the January-November period to 1,686, up almost 31 percent on the same period of last year (1,296).

Driving the market higher were large deliveries to NSW operators CDC (27 Scanias), Busways Blacktown (18 MANs), State Transit Authority (13 Mercedes-Benz and 5 Volvos) and Veolia (5 Volvos), Brisbane City Council (7 MANs) and Transperth (8 Mercedes-Benz).

Scania again topped the deliveries list in November with 47 vehicles, followed by MAN (34), Mercedes-Benz (28), Volvo (18), BCI (12) and Hino (11).

By body, Volgren came out on top with 52 deliveries, ahead of Custom Coaches (31), Bustech (19), BCI (12), Mills-Tui (8), Express (7), Chiron/UBC (6), Irizar (5) and P&D (5).

Thermo King topped the air-conditioning market, with a dominant 53 units, followed by Denso and Cooltek (27 each), Coachair (24), Carrier (19) and Hispacold (5).

Some 63 percent of deliveries were for city/route buses, while school buses accounted for 19 percent of deliveries, and charter and long distance 18 percent.

A majority of deliveries were to NSW operators (54 percent), ahead of Queensland (23 percent), Victoria (15 percent) and WA (6 percent).

For the full data set click here.

And for the complete wrap up of deliveries in calendar 2009 see the 2010 edition of ABC’s annual bus buyers’ guide, BusSearch, out later this month.

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