New registrations are now 27pc down
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REGISTRATIONS of new buses and coaches are now running more than 25 per cent below last year's, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
By the end of last month, registrations were down by 27 per cent from 2,519 in 1984 to 1,838 this year, and importers have increased their share of the market from 26.2 per cent to 28.7 per cent.
Leyland's leading share of the market is down from 44.6 per cent to 39.8 per cent, followed by Metro-Cammell Weyrnann's 15.3 per cent (1984: 11.2 per cent), Volvo's 14.9 per cent (1984: 14.8 per cent), Bedford's 9.7 per cent (1984: 10.6 per cent), and Des 6.9 per cent (1984: 5.2 per cent).
Sales of miscellaneous imported coaches have fallen from 166 last yeal to 73 so far this year, taking their market share down from 6.6 per cent to four per cent.
Hestair Dennis's market share has slipped from 3.1 per cent to 2.9 per cent, followed by Scania up from 1.3 per cent to 2.6 per cent, and Ford's now discontinued R. Series up from 1.4 per cent to 1.9 per cent.
MAN has already sold nearly four times as many coaches this year (22) as it did in all of last year (six), taking its market share for the first seven months up from 0_2 of one per cent to 1.2 per cent. Iveco has sold four and Mercedes-Benz six.