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
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