SMMT: Coach and bus registrations boost in Q2

Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that the coach and bus industry recorded healthy growth in Q2 of 2016.

Q2’s market was strong, reports the SMMT. Volvo saw 198 registrations

Including minicoaches and minibuses with GVWs of over 3,500kg, 2,486 registrations were recorded during the three months ending on 30 June.

All three sectors – minibus, single-deck and double-deck – recorded double-digit percentage rises on the same period in 2015, with double-deck performing particularly strongly, with 540 registrations – a 57.9% rise.

773 single-deckers represented a 24.9% rise, while 1,773 minibuses was a rise of 17.5%.

As the SMMT no longer splits figures into coach and bus, no longer supplies as much detail as when figures were published monthly, and fails to break manufacturer figures down by segment, it is difficult to further gauge individual coach and bus markets.

Of the major manufacturers building large PCVs, Mercedes-Benz saw the most registrations, with a figure including Sprinters of 367.

Alexander Dennis recorded 332 registrations in Q2, up 11.6% on the same period in 2015, while Wrightbus and Volvo with 228 and 198 respectively were in second and third place. Scania and Optare complete the top five builders of large coaches and buses, with 73 and 55 registrations respectively.

Caetano registered 40 vehicles, while all other manufacturers of larger PCVs are included in ‘other’, which totals 325 registrations. Including minicoaches and minibuses, the latter figures becomes 1,195.