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Converted bus registrations lead sector growth in September

By Kyle Linsay
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 14:00

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SMMT BUS AND COACH REGISTRATIONS

Data for September 2015

  • Total new bus and coach registrations increase 43.9% in September to reach 1,134 units.
  • Converted bus demand fuels overall sector growth, up 103.4% year-on-year.
  • Purpose-built coach market benefits from September plate change with a 25.8% boost.
  • Bus and coach market continues annual trend as year-to-date figures reach 6,930 registrations – an increase of 1,306 on last year.

“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,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “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.”

UK bus and coach registrations: 2015 and % change on 2014

September %
change
Year-to-
date
%
change
Rolling
year
%
change
Purpose-built single-deck buses <8.5t 10 -61.5% 78 -2.5% 117 -9.3%
Purpose-built single-deck buses >8.5t to 12t 25 212.5% 194 7.2% 275 12.2%
Purpose-built single-deck buses >12t to 16t 107 -20.1% 757 20.0% 996 5.3%
Purpose-built single-deck buses >16t 28 33.3% 111 -47.9% 179 -35.1%
Purpose-built double-deck buses 107 -30.5% 1045 22.8% 1210 17.6%
Purpose-built bus total 277 -19.2% 2185 11.7% 2777 5.8%
Purpose-built coaches 3.5t to 16t 13 1200.0% 54 25.6% 60 1.7%
Purpose-built single-deck coaches >16t 63 3.3% 740 12.8% 855 12.6%
Purpose-built double-deck coaches >16t 2 0 34 -19.0% 64 1.6%
Purpose-built coach total 78 25.8% 828 11.7% 979 11.1%
Purpose-built bus and coach total 355 -12.3% 3013 11.7% 3756 7.1%
*Converted: Bus <3.5t 69 -34.3% 399 -33.5% 483 -41.7%
*Converted: Bus 3.5t to 8.5t 700 162.2% 3451 49.5% 4352 40.8%
*Converted: Bus >8.5t 10 -9.1% 67 272.2% 67 272.2%
*Converted bus total 779 103.4% 3917 33.8% 4902 24.5%
*All buses and coaches 1134 43.9% 6930 23.2% 8658 16.3%

* All vehicle manufacturer-built minibus registrations are included in the converted bus <3.5t category.

** All converted bus volumes are counted in the SMMT van and truck news release. These vehicles are also represented here as they form an important part of the UK bus and coach market.

Annual and quarterly trends – 2008 to 2015

The tables and charts below detail annual trends by gross vehicle weight and type for the whole bus and coach market in 2014 and 2015 and quarterly for 2008 to 2015, taking data from the purpose-built and converted sectors.

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Registrations of new buses and coaches in the United Kingdom
Buses and coaches
Marque Sep-15 % Sep-
15
% %
Change
YTD-
15
% YTD-
14
% %
Change
ALEXANDER DENNIS 131 36.90 231 57.04 -43.29 893 29.64 810 30.03 10.25
WRIGHTBUS 62 17.46 12 2.96 416.67 645 21.41 379 14.05 70.18
VOLVO BUS 22 6.20 49 12.10 -55.10 436 14.47 488 18.09 -10.66
MERCEDES 49 13.80 29 7.16 68.97 271 8.99 106 3.93 155.66
OPTARE 31 8.73 22 5.43 40.91 238 7.90 221 8.19 7.69
SCANIA 23 6.48 32 7.90 -28.13 197 6.54 241 8.94 -18.26
VDL 18 5.07 5 1.23 260.00 87 2.89 98 3.63 -11.22
IRIZAR 9 2.54 6 1.48 50.00 68 2.26 45 1.67 51.11
VAN HOOL 4 1.13 2 0.49 100.00 59 1.96 92 3.41 -35.87
YUTONG 3 0.85 2 0.49 50.00 52 1.73 8 0.30 550.00
NEOPLAN 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.00 24 0.80 51 1.89 -52.94
MAN 2 0.56 0 0.00 0.00 19 0.63 25 0.93 -24.00
OTHER IMPORTS 0 0.00 1 0.25 -100.00 11 0.37 32 1.19 -65.63
KING LONG 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.00 8 0.27 30 1.11 -73.33
TAM 1 0.28 0 0.00 0.00 3 0.10 0 0.00 0.00
SETRA 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.00 2 0.07 47 1.74 -95.74
CAETANO 0 0.00 8 1.98 -100.00 0 0.00 8 0.30 -100.00
IRIS BUS 0 0.00 6 1.48 -100.00 0 0.00 16 0.59 -100.00
Total buses
and coaches
355 100.00 405 100.00 -12.35 3,013 100.00 2,697 100.00 11.72

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