Deliveries back on the high road in February


Bus and coach deliveries were up 12.3 percent in February, according to new figures compiled exclusively by <i><font color=red>ABC</i></font>.

April 21, 2010

Bus and coach deliveries were up 12.3 percent in February, according to new figures compiled exclusively by ABC.

Deliveries reached 146 in the month, up from the 130 units delivered in February of last year.

This increase follows declines in December and January after a record sales performance in 2009 when bus and coach deliveries jumped by more than 30 percent.

Year to date, deliveries, at 269, are up by 1.89 percent in comparison with the first two months of 2009.

Underpinning the February result were large deliveries to Queensland operators: Brisbane City Council (19 Volvos) and Transit Australia (15 Bustechs); Grenda in Victoria (14 Volvos), Busways (8 MANs) and State Transit (6 Mercedes-Benz) in NSW; Canberra’s Action Buses (5 MANs); and Transperth in WA (6 Mercedes-Benz).

Topping the chassis deliveries leader board was Volvo (48), ahead of Mercedes-Benz (20), BCI (19), Bustech and MAN (17 each), Scania (9) and Hino (8).

Volgren supplied the most bus bodies in February (47), followed by Bustech and Custom Coaches (25 each), BCI (19) and Express (5).

Thermo King kept top spot in the air-conditioning market, with a dominant 56 units, followed by Denso (44), Coachair (23), Carrier (12) and Kingtec (6).

Some 49 percent of deliveries were for city/route buses, while schools accounted for 26 percent of deliveries and charter 23 percent.

A majority of deliveries were to Queensland operators (40 percent), ahead of Victoria (28 percent), NSW (21 percent), and WA (10 percent).

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For the complete wrap of deliveries in calendar year 2009 see the 2010 issue of ABC’s annual bus buyers’ guide, BusSearch, available only to paid subscribers. Visit www.magshop.com.au, email Magshop@magshop.com.au or call 136 116 to subscribe.

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