Bumpy rides for some, smooth progress for others

This article looks at trends in the bus and coach market in the UK during 2006. Overall there seemed to be no change in sales of vehicles over 8.5 tonnes but this figure hides anomalies in data collection. Statistics are more reliable in the market for larger buses and coaches, where sales of full-size coaches grew more strongly than bus sales. Manufacturer Volvo retained a dominant position, with Scania in second place, although its engine power remains less than its rivals. Coach brands Mercedes-Benz and Setra recovered from a poor year in 2005 but MAN and Irisbus had fewer coach registrations. VDL had a better year for coach than for bus sales. Demand for double-deck buses continued to fall, and manufacturer Alexander Dennis presented as a rival to Volvo. Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems used by Scania and MAN are becoming more popular. Demand for single-deck buses grew, with Alexander Dennis overtaking Optare in sales. Optare is fitting EGR engines and sees this as increasing popularity of its products. Overall, a further decline in registrations is expected in 2007.


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  • Accession Number: 01051164
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jun 11 2007 1:33PM