2007 massive year for Australian bus sales

By: Chris Smith


Scania Australia came in on top of the list with the most new registrations recorded in 2007, a big jump

Scania Australia came in on top of the list with the most new registrations recorded in 2007, a big jump up the food chain with a bumper sales year.

Scania’s National Manager Bus and Coach, Trevor O'Brien, says it has been the Groups most successful year in Australia. Scania jumped from 217 chassis in registered as new in 2006 to 338 in 2007.

"With 338 sales of buses and coaches, 2007 was Scania's most successful year to date in Australia," O’Brien says.

For consistency and second position last year, Mercedes-Benz came in second with 295 buses sold, retaining the same figures from 2006.

Volvo claimed greater market share and improved sales from 249 in 2006 to 262 last year.

MAN pushed hire last year from 105 to 154, almost a third more vehicles registered as new.

Hino made a valiant effort, more than doubling sales for the year from 50 to 108.

The star performer in 2007 would have to go to BCI for their tremendous move from 17 vehicles in 2006 to 115 in 2007.

BCI has seen a steady increase in sales over the last twelve months, and Mark Nazzari believes this can not only be attributed to the product, but also to the distributors and their experienced personnel.

BCI delivered its first completed vehicle in September 2006.

"One year later we have completed 210 vehicles for the Australian and New Zealand markets and expect to deliver 15 to 20 per month for the next five months," Nazzari says.

Overall bus sales went from 1027 in 2006 to 1386 last year.

The full statistical breakdown will be in the 2008 Bus+Coach Manufacturers & Suppliers Directory due to be released in January.

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