Fifth month of registration growth

Total new bus and coach registrations increased 43.9% in September 2015 (compared to the same month last year) to reach 1,134 units, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The rolling year figure was 8,658, 16.3% up from the same month in 2014.

SMMT Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, said, ‘September marked the fifth consecutive month of growth for the new bus and coach market, with the sector posting an impressive 43.9% increase compared with last year’s figures. While the purpose-built coach market benefited from the September plate change, converted bus figures also experienced a substantial boost in the heavier 3.5t to 8.5t segment, more than doubling 2014’s figure. The sustained growth in the sector, demonstrated by yet another significant rise for the year-to-date figures, is an encouraging sign for the overall market.’

There were 277 purpose built buses registered in September, down 19.2% from the same figure in 2014. This resulted in a rolling year figure of 2,777, up 5.8%. Registrations for purpose built coaches numbered 78, making for a rise of 25.8%, with a rolling year total of 979, 11.1% up. There were 779 converted buses, up 103.4%, with a rolling year total of 8,658, up 16.3%.
September’s registrations by marque (with September 2014’s figures in brackets) were: ADL 131 (231), Wrightbus 62 (12), Volvo Bus 22 (49), Mercedes-Benz 49 (29), Optare 31 (22), Scania 23 (32), VDL 18 (5), Irizar 9 (6), Van Hool 4 (2), Yutong 3 (2), Neoplan 0 (0), MAN 2 (0), other imports 0 (1), King Long 0 (0), TAM 1 (0), Setra 0 (0), Caetano 0 (8) and Iris Bus 0 (6).

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