SELECT HIGER BUSES STILL AVAILABLE IN OZ
IN AN ARRANGEMENT that somewhat brings things full circle, Australasian bus distributor Bus Corp Oceania (BCO) will add Higer’s 28+1-seat H7 model to its local line-up.
BCO general manager Jason Pecotic was directly involved in bringing the Chinese Higer bus brand to the Australian market almost 10 years ago – so this reconnection to the marque after all these years is a source of personal pride, he said.
“Higer’s well-proven formula of a Cummins engine mated with an Allison automatic transmission and wellestablished design and construction has won friends in Australia and NZ in the past and existing customers have indicated they want to buy more in the future,” he said.
When ABC magazine broke the story last May that multiple industry sources had confirmed current Higer Australasian distributor Automotive Holdings Group International’s (AHGI) strategic relationship with said bus company was at an end, it caused the industry rumour mill to go into overdrive.
AHG is the largest automotive retail company in Australia. With an involvement with Higer Bus since 2011 – initially providing floorplan and working capital finance to previous distributor White Motor Corporation (WMC), as stated – AHG eventually assumed that role in 2015.
THE VEHICLE IN QUESTION
The Higer H7 is the latest incarnation of Higer’s small bus, which has enjoyed strong sales success in Australia in the past with previous distributors, according to BCO.
Pecotic says the return of the Higer brand answers a strong market demand for a wellpriced and economical-to-run 28+1-seat bus with a proven driveline and credentials for a range of operations.
At this stage BCO will only be distributing the H7 as a complement to its Optare route bus range and the full-size Bonluck buses and coaches it sells in conjunction with BCSA, it’s stated.
BCO will provide full back-up and service for the Higer H7 through its network of dealers and service providers in Australia and NZ, the company says.