Lower order intake

Deliveries during the first quarter of 2012 amounted to 2,800 buses, compared with 2,533 in the year-earlier period, up 11%. South America also accounts for the largest increase in this quarter. One of the reasons is higher deliveries of the front-engine buses that were introduced in 2011.

The order intake for the first quarter amounted to 2,256 buses, compared with 2,369 in the year-earlier period, down 5%.

During the first quarter, 184 hybrid orders were signed in the UK, of which the largest order to date is 77 double-decker buses for Arriva in London.