Rottnest Express switches to Higer


Asia’s assault on the Australian bus and coach market continues as premier Perth ferry operator Rottnest Express abandons European loyalty in favour of a cheaper alternative

Rottnest Express switches to Higer
Rottnest Express switches to Higer

April 12, 2012

Asia’s assault on the Australian bus and coach market continues as premier Perth ferry operator Rottnest Express becomes the latest to abandon European loyalty in favour of a cheaper alternative.

Higer announced today Rottnest Express had added a new 10.5-metre, 45-seat Higer
to its transfer fleet, ending a
quarter century relationship with European coaches.

Despite more than 30 years’ experience as a coach operator, Rottnest Express director Ian Dawson says the Higer is the first non-European bus he has purchased.

"I was sceptical of the Chinese brand at first," Dawson says.

"I've been in the coach industry for a long time and always stuck to manufacturers that I knew with a proven track record, however Higer has proven to be a value for money solution to our needs."

Dawson says there were some minor teething issues for the Rottnest Express Higers but they were quickly fixed.

"The service department was very helpful when we had a small fuel issue,"Dawson says.

"WA Higer was very good to deal with and parts availability is good."

Rottnest Express operates transfers to Perth tourist hotspot Rottnest Island.

Higer buses are manufactured in China using Cummins engines, Allison and ZF transmissions, Meritor Axles and European designed chassis.

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