Bus and coach market strong in 2012 despite October dip

  • Total bus and coach registrations fell 23.9% to 486 units in October, but climbed 44.9% over the year-to-date.
  • The purpose-built bus and coach market declined 35.3% in the month, but rose 16.1% during January-September.
  • Converted bus registrations dipped 8.5% in October, but rose 84.6% during the first 10 months of 2012.

“Despite overall bus and coach registrations falling 23.9% in October, the solid market performance seen so far this year provides a clearer picture of the health of the sector,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Maintaining this upward trend will be tough next year as wider economic challenges impact on industry, and therefore it is crucial that government maintains its commitment to targeted incentive schemes that will boost market demand and the uptake of innovative technologies.”

Click through to download the full October 2012 bus and coach registrations news release and data tables, which include a more detailed analysis of the figures.

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