May Deliveries Jump Back Up

3 July 2023

While April was an impressive month for deliveries, the numbers increased yet again in May to comfortably surpass the triple figure mark

Supply chain issues aren’t completely knocking the Australian bus and coach industry down, with May’s deliveries proving that the sector is still firing on all cylinders.

Following April’s 100 units delivered, May has increased this number with 115 deliveries registered by bus and coach manufacturers in Australia for the month.

When it came to chassis, the resurgence of Volvo continued to dominate the market. It may have dropped down to 24 units in April, but there was no stopping the giant in May as it finished with 45 deliveries. Volvo sat comfortably ahead of the pack, more than doubling the next best in the ever-reliable Scania (21). More of a gap opened up, with Yutong finishing in third with 12 deliveries, while Denning kept in touch with the top brands with 10 units for the month. Mercedes-Benz increased its umbers in May with eight deliveries, while MAN (six), BCI (five) and King Long (four) all continuing to register consistent deliveries. To complete the chassis breakdown, BusTech Group delivered three units and BYD registered the sole delivery.

In the bodies section, the mainstay at the top solidified its grip on the local market. Volgren was once again above the pack, recording 36 deliveries for May to improve on its April numbers by six. Custom Denning shot back up to finish second for the month with 21 deliveries, while Irizar (19) was also able to sneak past Yutong (12) in May. BusTech Group had a great month, increasing from three deliveries in April to eight in May, while BCI (five) kept ahead of King Long (four). In another tight finish, the final 10 deliveries were shared between five companies.

The gap in the Australian seating market was opened up even further in May, with perennial leader McConnell having an amazing month. It finished with 60 deliveries, more than double the next best in Sege with 24. StyleRide trailed not far behind on 15, while Yutong had another solid month with 12 units, keeping ahead of King Long (four).

There was once again no stopping Thermo King in the air-conditioning market, with the giant recording another 38 deliveries in May. International HVAC company Hispacold shot up to second following an amazing month, more than tripling its April figures of six with 20 units sold in May, while Coachair rounded out the top three with 16. From here it got tight, with Valeo (13) and Cling-Yutong (12) very close, keeping ahead of Denso (eight) and King Long (four). The final four deliveries were shared between three, with MCC (two) edging out sole deliveries from Konvekta and Spheros.

There were major changes in the state-based battle, with NSW claiming revenge on its Victorian rivals. After the Vics took home the win in April, NSW flexed its muscles with 34 deliveries in May, beating out Victoria (28) by six. Finishing in third was Western Australia with 24 units, who edged ahead of Queensland (21). Around the country, only South Australia (six) and Tasmania (two) were the only other areas to register deliveries in a busy month.

Please note all data is as supplied from manufacturers, at their discretion.

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