De­liv­er­ies re­main steady at dawn of 2017

It’s been a strong cou­ple of months for bus and coach de­liv­er­ies, and the num­bers re­main steady as we kick on into a new year

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De­liv­er­ies de­clined in the last quar­ter of 2016 af­ter a cou­ple of months of above- av­er­age num­bers, but man­u­fac­tur­ers re­main op­ti­mistic for the new year ahead.

For sup­pli­ers, De­cem­ber 2016 saw 100 buses de­liv­ered, which is ex­actly the same num­ber that were de­liv­ered the month be­fore.

The vast ma­jor­ity of de­liv­er­ies were Sca­nias ( 50), fol­lowed by Volvos ( 30). Yu­tong was the big­gest sur­prise in terms of man­u­fac­tures, re­port­ing just three de­liv­er­ies for the month of De­cem­ber 2016. Iveco had a strong show­ing with seven de­liv­er­ies, up from three the month be­fore. All other man­u­fac­tur­ers de­liv­ered less than four ve­hi­cles re­spec­tively.

For body builders, Volgren led the way by a vast mar­gin on 41, which was slightly up on the 40 re­ported in De­cem­ber. Bustech had a very strong show­ing with 23, com­pared to 13 the month be­fore. Irizar also had a good month and in­creased its num­ber to nine, one more than the eight recorded in Novem­ber.

In re­gards to air- con­di­tion­ing, Thermo King was slightly down and its units were in­cluded in the de­liv­ery of 38 buses na­tion­wide, a touch short of the 39 it posted just a month be­fore in the lead up to sum­mer. Coachair had a strong month and was in­volved in the de­liv­ery of 25 buses. His­pa­cold is still go­ing strong with 14, and Denso is shy of that on eight. Spheros, how­ever, dropped from 27 to five in the space of a month.

New South Wales led the way when look­ing at de­liv­er­ies on a state- bystate ba­sis with 38 per cent, fol­lowed by Vic­to­ria ( 36 per cent) and Western Aus­tralia (14 per cent). Queens­land had a rel­a­tively weak month in terms of bus de­liv­er­ies, with just eight per cent.

Flick to the back of this is­sue to see the full Aus­tralian bus de­liv­ery in­for­ma­tion for De­cem­ber.

Above: Aus­tralian bus body builders put in a good ef­fort in 2016

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