EDITORIAL: Who else is bringing in a bus?

By: Chris Smith


How do you beat a sales pitch saying we can deliver x amount of buses to your door in three

How do you beat a sales pitch saying we can deliver x amount of buses to your door in three months? As the number of fully imported buses imported to Australia increases, it will be a tough job for the local manufactures to remain competitive.

Even with groups bringing in bodies, and allowing customers to choose their own chassis supplier, seats and air conditioning…the price isn’t an issue, though somewhat cheaper, it is how quickly the manufacturer can deliver the goods that counts.

At what point do Australian operators look at the local product and say, hey this isn’t as good as it was five years ago or ten years ago, for some manufactures ABC has been told this is the case, for others, their worst is still better than and importers best.

At the moment there doesn’t seem to be anything stopping almost anyone bringing in an imported vehicle. And, if the importer follows the Australian Design Rules, then there is no question of legitimacy.

Even coach and tour specialists Murrays is allegedly dabbling in the importation of a Chinese made unit.

If this is true, could the tour and charter specialist be considering being an agent or is it thinking like a big company and circumventing local dealer networks to get a wholesale Chinese bus price? We are keen to hear your thoughts on the issue.

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