Coaches lead the way in November

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According to the SMMT total bus and coach registrations grew 0.8% in November against a 2.6% fall in the year-to-date. Coach registrations rose 6.5% in the month in contrast to a 13.3% decline in the purpose-built bus market. It was a stronger month for converted buses with registrations up 14.1%

“Another month of growth for coaches offset the decline in purpose-built bus registrations, leading to a level overall market,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive.

“This replicates the sector’s performance in the year so far, as continually growing demand for coaches contrasts with a more subdued bus market.”

Alexander Dennis continues to be market leader for purpose-built bus and coach with 30.69% of the market for the year to date. Nearest rival Volvo is on 12.79%