SE­LECT HIGER BUSES STILL AVAIL­ABLE IN OZ

ABC (Australia) - - NEWS -

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.

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