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One of the largest bus and coach man­u­fac­tur­ers in the world, Higer, has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of As­so­ci­ated Coach Sales (ACS) as sales agent for the com­pany›s range in New Zealand.

Field­ing-based ACS, one of New Zealand’s leading bus sales com­pa­nies, will of­fer Kiwi oper­a­tors a range of Higer chas­sis, as well as a unique ver­sion of the 28-seat Higer 28 Munro and the 33seat Higer 33 coach.

In and ef­fort to meet New Zealand’s unique bus spec­i­fi­ca­tion reg­u­la­tions and de­mands, Higer will break new ground by ex­port­ing bus and coach chas­sis from its man­u­fac­tur­ing base in China for the first time ever.

In the past Higer has only ex­ported fully built-up buses and coaches; how­ever ACS will be able to of­fer Kiwi bus body-builders cost ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient Higer chas­sis that ex­actly fit lo­cal re­quire­ments.

The Higer range uses in­ter­na­tional driv­e­line com­po­nents in­clud­ing Cum­mins en­gines, Al­li­son and ZF trans­mis­sions, ThermoK­ing air con­di­tion­ing and Mer­i­tor axles, com­bined with proven chas­sis de­signs which have gained ac­cep­tance in both global ex­port mar­kets and the mas­sive Chi­nese do­mes­tic mar­ket.

The Higer 28 will be sold in NZ as a fully built-up bus; how­ever Higer has mod­i­fied the Kiwi bound bus, adding 200mm to the over­all length to meet lo­cal leg­is­la­tion and op­er­a­tor needs.

The Higer 28 is a 7.7-me­tre bus with full width for com­fort­able 2x2 seat­ing. It will chal­lenge the Fuso Rosa and Toy­ota Coaster in the small bus mar­ket by of­fer­ing more space and seat, while pay­ing the same in Road User Charges (RUC) as its smaller ri­vals.

The Higer 28’s Cum­mins 3.8-litre ISF power plant pro­duces max­i­mum power of 115 kW at 2,600rpm and max­i­mum torque of 550 Nm at 1,300rpm, which trans­lates to 4.5 per­cent more power and 17 per­cent more torque than the Fuso Rosa, and is mated to an Al­li­son au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The Higer 33 is a com­pact 8.5 me­tre midi-coach, ideally suited to a range of tasks from tourist and ex­ec­u­tive travel to school and day char­ter op­er­a­tions.

It fea­tures a flat floor and is pow­ered by a rear mounted Cum­mins ISB com­mon rail turbo diesel mated to an Al­li­son au­to­matic with WABCO ABS disc brakes, airbag sus­pen­sion that is ideal for tourism op­er­a­tions,

As well as the Higer 28 tai­lored for Kiwi re­quire­ments and the Higer 33, ACS will also of­fer eight-me­tre, nine-me­tre and ten-me­tre Higer chas­sis ready for lo­cal body builders to build on.

ACS will also have a demon­stra­tor Higer 28 on fleet for in-ser­vice demon­stra­tions by Kiwi oper­a­tors who want to try be­fore they buy.

Ac­cord­ing to Peter Gale, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of ACS, the chance to pioneer the Higer bus and coach range in New Zealand is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity and one that will give lo­cal oper­a­tors real choice at an ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive price.

“Higer is a proven brand in Aus­tralia where it has been a star per­former in the non-route bus mar­ket in re­cent years and Higer is putting an enor­mous ef­fort and con­sid­er­able re­sources into R&D to con­tin­u­ally im­prove their ve­hi­cles,” said Peter Gale.

“The fact that Higer has agreed to sup­ply bus chas­sis to New Zealand and mod­ify the Higer 28 to suit our par­tic­u­lar re­quire­ments in­di­cates the com­pany›s flex­i­bil­ity and adapt­abil­ity to the needs of par­tic­u­lar mar­kets,” he added.

ACS Ltd has been ser­vic­ing the New Zealand bus and coach in­dus­try since its foun­da­tion by Kevin Gale in 1989. ACS is still a fam­ily owned com­pany which as­sists bus and coach oper­a­tors to find the right buses and coaches and to dis­pose of sur­plus ve­hi­cles. The com­pany of­fers ser­vices that in­clude ve­hi­cle and fleet val­u­a­tions as well as im­port­ing and ex­port­ing used buses and coaches.

ACS val­u­a­tions are used by all leading fi­nance and in­sur­ance com­pa­nies, while many bus and coach oper­a­tors also rely on its val­u­a­tions for fi­nan­cial plan­ning.

Peter Gale has been in­volved with the bus and coach in­dus­try for more than 28 years and his ex­pe­ri­ence in coach build­ing, sales, and coach driv­ing gives him a huge knowl­edge base to help clients.

Higer is the third largest global man­u­fac­turer of buses and coaches pro­duc­ing more than 25,000 buses per an­num at its state of the art 500,000 square me­tre man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Suzhou near Shang­hai.

Higer’s prod­uct line-up starts at six-me­tre buses and ranges up to full 18-me­tre ve­hi­cles cater­ing to a va­ri­ety of ap­pli­ca­tions and spe­cific re­quire­ments from high-end tourist coaches to high ca­pac­ity city com­muter route buses.

Higer was awarded the Asia BAAV Bus Expo Bus Coach Builder of the Year no less than five times since 2007.

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