Higher order intake

Deliveries during the first quarter of 2011 amounted to 2,533 buses, compared with 2,552 in the same quarter of 2010. The market mix has changed with higher deliveries in North America and South America and lower volumes in Europe and Asia.

During the first quarter, the order intake rose 17% to 2,369, compared with 2,033 buses in the year-earlier period. During the first quarter, a number of significant orders were signed, including one for 180 buses for public transport in New York City, of which 90 were Prevost and 90 Nova buses. In addition, Volvo Buses received an order for 463 bus chassis for BRT systems in Curitiba in Brazil. In the UK, an order was received for 240 vehicles to First Group, comprising double-deckers, single-deckers and 38 hybrid buses, which is the single largest order of hybrids to date.