“Coach Design builds for five other NZ-based companies and all the coaches are of similar spec and all the customers are just as fussy,” he laughed, cheekily.
CD’s Kiwi clients include: Clarks, Greenline, Musson’s, Leisure Time Tours, THL Group and Bayes, with a few more on the radar.
“They are all North Island-based companies, but most of the tour work is in the South Island. They ferry them down in September and bring them back in April when the summer session is finished.
“We have another Scania K124 for Leisure Time Tours about to go to the paint shop and they want it ASAP because the season is about to kick off,” Jamieson said.
You’d be correct in thinking Australian ADRs and bus-building standards are some of the toughest in the world, so it often freaks out a few people to hear there seems to be a bit more scope for what can run on the roads of a neighbour so close.
As Jamieson explained, “NZ is more flexible with international standards than Australia. NZ allowed rear tag-axle steer years before Australia allowed it, although all the Aussie body builders are hoping Australia does not allow the 2.550mm because it will open the gates to a lot more
European imports. It has only been in the past 12 months that NZ allowed the 2.550mm [limit].”
GETTING IT LANDED
With such experience in building for the NZ market, Coach Design is a master in helping get these projects imported and landed in their destinations. How’s it work?
“The client usually arranges the shipping, but we also have to play a role in all that. You have to be licenced to take vehicles to the international shipping wharf followed by a stack of paperwork. I think that shipping and insurance costs are around $7,000,” he said.
“In the case of the Scania buyers, in NZ they order the chassis from a company called Cable Price, which is the Scania dealer in Auckland. Once the orders are ready to be shipped they come to Brisbane directly from Sweden.
“It is probably a process we all take for granted now, but it all just happens.”
Above: Powered by a Scania engine/ chassis combo.Below:An Australian delegate in the Land of the Long White Cloud.