October a good month for bus and coach registrations

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The heavy bus and coach sector grew strongly in October with 272 registrations – up 38.8% on 2010 and up 13.3% for the year-to-date, according to the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders).

Bus registrations rose 62.4% in October, but are still down 19.1% for the year-to-date and coach volumes up strongly in the month by 97.9%, although weaker for the year, down 8.8% year-to-date.

Overall bus and coach volumes were up 66.8% October and down 17.8% to the present date.

“Hybrid bus registrations passed a landmark 250 units for the year as the October market performed well, up 66.8%,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.

“Despite performance year-todate being subdued, down 17.8%, it is encouraging to see buyers investing in new technologies in an effort to keep costs under control despite economic uncertainty.”