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Higer Earnings High praise from Top End

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Northern Territory bus operator has logged significant cost savings by choosing Higer coach as part of the expansion of its bus fleet to cope
with the boom times in Darwin. PPS, a specialist coach and transfer operator based in Darwin, added a new Higer 12.2 metre 53 seat coach to its fleet in May and is pleased with the performance and efficiency of the coach.

According to PPS proprietor Bill Piantoni, Higer's use of recognised componentry from suppliers such as Cummins engines and Allison
transmissions was a major factor in the decision to purchase the Chinese manufactured coach.
"The cost of new coaches has been rising and while I had looked at  various alternatives, Higer presented the best package, particularly with
Cummins engines and Allison transmissions," said Bill.

"Without the surety of Cummins and Allison I probably would not have taken the chance on a Chinese built vehicle but given the reputation for
reliability and durability that these companies have I was happy to give Higer a go," said Bill.

"After four months it is performing superbly and the back up has been  very good," he said.

"The modern design of the Higer was also important as were the internal  fittings such as the leather seats because they present the image we
required for our tours and airport transfers," he added. A radio, which was incorrectly fitted by a local Darwin supplier, caused  Bill some problems with wiring and short circuiting, however Higer flew two technicians to Darwin and with an all night effort they were able to  fix the problem and have the bus back on the road for an important charter job next morning.

"The service has been very good, I cannot fault the back up by Higer, it  has been fantastic," said Bill.
"I have been in the bus business for more than a decade and we have  been let down in the past by other better known brands, but Higer has
been there every step of the way and been very good on customer service," he added.

"It is a very competitive business and you have to have vehicles that are reliable and comfortable for your passengers without breaking the
budget and Higer ticks all of the boxes," he said.

PPS took delivery of its Higer in Melbourne and Bill Piantoni drove the  Higer coach back to Darwin giving it a thorough shakedown on the way.
"It performed superbly and I knew then that I had made the right decision with Higer," said Bill.
While the majority of its work is around the Darwin area the PPS Higer has done trips south to Yalara in the intense heat of the Territory's Red
Centre. "The Higer always runs cool despite the heat and in terms of power and torque the combination of the Cummins and Allison work really well, with plenty of power and torque while still delivering good fuel economy," Bill  added.
"It also handles beautifully and our passengers have also commented on the good ride quality and low cabin noise, it really is a beauty," he
said.

PPS currently has a 19 vehicle fleet ranging from 13 seater mini buses  up to the 53 seat 12.2 metre Higer.
Higer produced more than 19,000 buses and coaches globally in 2009 placing it third to Daimler in terms of global sales. The company
produced more buses in 2009 than other key players in the global bus industry with Higer sales doubling Volvo and more than three times
higher than Scania and MAN.

White Motor Corporation, the Australia and New Zealand distributor for Higer Bus, is based in Sydney and has recently completed the move to
a new state of the art corporate head quarters comp

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