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

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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

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