Deliveries increase after a lacklustre January
New buses delivered to operators in Australia appear to be gaining pace after a slow start to 2017, exclusive ABC data shows
Deliveries increased encouragingly in February 2017 with 80 brand-new buses delivered throughout Australia. This compares well with January 2017, during which 68 new bus deliveries were reported by chassis manufacturers, representing an increase of about 15 per cent. The February deliveries number stacks up positively compared to the 74 new buses delivered in February last year.
Scania had a massive month, increasing its deliveries from 11 in January to 23 in February, slightly trailing Volvo’s 27 which was also up on last month’s 24. Hino was also a big surprise, reporting ve deliveries for the month of February. The majority of other manufacturers delivered less than four vehicles respectively, with MAN dropping month-on-month from 12 to three.
On the bodies front, Volgren led the way by a considerable margin with 26, which was up on the 22 reported in January. Custom Bus had a reasonable showing with seven, although this is down on 11 the month before. The majority of other builders delivered less than seven vehicles respectively. In regards to air-conditioning, Thermo King’s units were included in the delivery of 39 buses nationwide, a slight increase on the 33 it posted in January. Coachair had a decrease in February and was involved in the delivery of three buses. Spheros is going strong with 10 and Konvekta is just short of that on seven.
New South Wales and Victoria led the way on a state-bystate basis with 30 per cent and 24 per cent respectively, followed by Western Australia (19 per cent) and Queensland (17 per cent). South Australia had a relatively strong month with 8 per cent.
See overleaf to read the full comprehensive Australian bus and coach delivery information for February 2017.
February 2017 saw 80 buses delivered, an encouraging rise from January’s total of 68