There’s a new tie-up between two Australian bus distributors that could boost the fortunes of two bus brands.
It’s been announced that the distributor for Optare buses, Bus Corp Oceania (BCO) and Bonluck distributor Bus and Coach Sales Australasia (BCSA) are now working jointly to grow the local presence and support for both brands.
The deal sees owners, and prospective owners, of Optare and Bonluck buses and coaches offered the reassurance of national sales and service support for both brands.
For the uninitiated, Optare buses are built in the UK with the brand being a subsidiary of Ashok Leyland, part of the Indian Hinduja Group.
While BonLuck Bus is a Chinese bus manufacturer.
As part of the arrangement BCO will become the Bonluck dealer for NSW, Victoria, SA, WA and New Zealand.
BCSA will become the dealer for Optare in Queensland and Northern NSW handling sales and service for the brand in both regions.
Bus Corp Oceania general manager, Jason Pecotic, says both brands are serious about their future intentions in Australia and NZ.
“BCSA’s vision is to be an innovative leading supplier of quality passenger vehicles with its core values being quality, safety, reliability and affordability which aligns perfectly with Optare.
“Between them BCSA’s directors Rodd Hood and Athol McKinnon have over 80 years of experience in the industry that is second to none and that will be invaluable as Optare builds its base in Queensland and across Australia.”
The two directors say they are enthused by the tie up.
“Optare is such an exciting and innovative brand with so many clever features including their lightweight designs and we are very enthusiastic about expanding Optare’s footprint in Queensland.” – Rodd Hood
The appointment of BCSA as the Optare dealer in Queensland and Northern NSW comes on the back of the first Optare deliveries of a 114-bus contract for Tranzit in the New Zealand capital of Wellington.
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