Bus Deliveries

November deliveries exceed expectations yet again

If October was a massive month for bus and coach deliveries, we’re running out of words to describe November

The tremendous momentum rolling through Australia’s bus and coach deliveries is continuing to pick up speed, with November’s deliveries raising the bar once again.

Following 109 deliveries in September and an impressive 126 in October, November’s numbers see 131 units delivered around Australia.

When it comes to chassis, Volvo was once again the market leader with an imposing 45 deliveries for the month. Yutong continued to solidify its spot at the top end of the table in Australia with 20 units delivered in November, beating out King Long with 16. Just behind the top three was Scania with 13, while a gap formed between Scania and the next best BCI and Custom Denning (seven apiece). Mercedes-Benz, MAN and BYD all couldn’t be split with five deliveries each, while the final eight deliveries were shared between four companies, including ARCC with its two hydrogen deliveries in Victoria.

The diverse bodybuilder market may have given us plenty of surprises throughout 2023, but there was no shock about who sat at the top of the table for November. Volgren was once again the market leader, recording 41 deliveries to more than double Yutong (20). Irizar and King Long shared third place with 16 units apiece, keeping well ahead of BCI and Custom Denning with seven deliveries each. Scania Higer and I-Bus kept ahead of a cluster of brands with the four deliveries apiece, with the last 16 deliveries being shared between nine different companies.

Another major month of deliveries allowed McConnell to flourish in the seating sector, finishing with 55 deliveries for November. While it was far and away the leading seating company, Sege impressed after rising to 24 deliveries for the month, staying ahead of Yutong with 20. While King Long doubled its October output with 16 units in November, StyleRide dropped to seven deliveries. In the final deliveries for the month, APM recorded four units and BusTech registered two, while Marcopolo, Fainsa and Precision Bus all finished with the single deliveries.

Australia’s bus and coach air-conditioning market has progressively gotten closer throughout 2023, with November showing that many brands are contending in the deliveries competition. While Thermo King stayed on top with 29 deliveries for the month, Cling-Yutong and Coachair both gained on the market leader with 20 units delivered each. Hispacold (19) and King Long (16) weren’t far behind, while Valeo (nine) and MCC (six) both had strong months. To finish the market, Spheros, Konvekta and Songz all had four deliveries apiece.

The state-based race came down to the wire in November, with the ARCC hydrogen bus deliveries seeing Victoria trump its western rivals. Finishing with 34 deliveries for the month, Victoria got revenge on Western Australia, who came second with 32. New South Wales wasn’t far behind with 28, edging ahead of rivals Queensland, who recorded 22. South Australia continued to grow off the back of Scania’s first ever battery electric bus delivery in the state with eight deliveries, while the ACT (three) stayed just ahead of Tasmania and the Northern Territory, who finished with two deliveries each.

Click here for comprehensive bus and coach delivery information for November. Please note all data is as supplied from manufacturers, at their discretion.

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