Yutong dealer for Cairns

By: Amie Hickland

Cairns operator Tropic Wings has been so impressed with Yutong vehicles it’s now selling them

Yutong dealer for Cairns
Mayor Bob Manning (left) opens the dealership with Capta chairman Charles Woodward

A Cairns operator has expanded their business interests and is now the latest Australian dealer for Yutong vehicles.

The Capta Group was started by the Woodward family in Cairns in 1976, and launched the new Yutong dealership through business ABC Sales & Maintenance in March.

The group owns and operates a variety of transport and tourism businesses in north Queensland including Tropic Wings Cairns Tours & Charter, Rainforestation Nature Park Kuranda and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. 

The company first started operating rainforest tours in an original WWII army duck at Rainforestation and now operates 12.

Capta Group chairman Charles Woodward says the company developed a relationship with Yutong after decades of using the same European chassis supplier.

Woodward now has ten Yutong coaches in the Tropic Wings fleet, with a plan to make the operation completely Yutong in future.

He was impressed with the quality of the vehicles, as well as the warranty guarantee and the minimal ‘off the road’ time.

"We’ve experimented the last few years with Chinese brands," he says.

"Now we’ve discovered Yutong and we’re very happy.

 "We really believe in getting European quality at a Chinese price."

About 80 people attended the dealer launch in Cairns on March 20.

Mayor Bob Manning was part of the official opening which was attended by operators and suppliers alike.

"It was absolutely brilliant weather although Cyclone Nathan was threatening further north," says Woodward.

"We had a good turn-out and we got a few people who are very interested in purchasing vehicles from the launch."

Woodward says the expansion to become a Yutong dealer has been largely driven by Capta partner and ABC Sales & Maintenance general manager Barry Henderson.

"We were impressed with the vehicles themselves, and we were impressed with the Yutong people in Australia such as [national sales manager] Neil Wang," says Woodward.

"It had a lot to do with him. We see it as a great way forward."

The dealership will run out of the ABC Sales & Maintenance site which has recently been re-modelled.

The site has an improved workshop and will continue to stock spare parts for the Tropic Wings fleet and any other buses which are bought.

"The idea is with any problems with new coaches we will be able to get them on the road in 24 hours or so."

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