Higer Bus

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Higer Bus Company Limited
海格客车
Industry Automotive
Founded 1998
Headquarters Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
Area served
Worldwide
Products Buses and coaches
Commercial and tourism vehicles
Revenue ¥10.053 billion (2014)
Number of employees
6,000+
Parent King Long
Slogan Higer Takes You Higher
Website en.higer.com
Higer Bus
Simplified Chinese 金龙联合汽车工业(苏州)有限公司
Traditional Chinese 金龍聯合汽車工業(蘇州)有限公司
Trading name
Simplified Chinese 海格客车
Traditional Chinese 海格客車
Literal meaning Higer Bus

Higer Bus Company Limited, also known as Higer Bus, is a Chinese bus manufacturer based in Suzhou, Jiangsu province. It was established at the end of 1998. HIGER is China's leading exporter of buses and coaches,[1] whose units are available in more than 100 countries and territories in South Asia, Middle East, Africa, Russia, East Europe and the Americas. In 2014, 25,615 HIGER buses were sold, amounting to a sales value of RMB 10.053 billion. Awarded with "China Top Brand", "National Inspection-free Product" and other honors, HIGER has made its way to China's Top 500 Most Valued Brands with a brand value of RMB14.492 billion, becoming the fastest growing company in China's bus industry, a base for exporting national finished automobiles and one of the Top 100 enterprises in informationalization in China.[2]

History[edit]

Higer KLQ6129G during Youth Olympic Games 2010
Higer KLQ6118GS in Russia

Higer Bus Company Limited was established in December 1998. Below are some of the company milestones leading up to today:[3]

  • In September 1999, 1000 complete vehicles were manufactured.
  • In June 2003, a new 400,000 square meter factory was established and put into production in Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP).
  • In July 2003, HIGER successfully passed the international ISO/TS16949 certification issued by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and the "Technical Committee" of ISO.
  • In February 2004, HIGER V Series bus was officially launched into the market.
  • In March 2004, HIGER was awarded with the "Best Safety Equipment Prize" at the BAAV World Bus Exposition.
  • In May 2005, HIGER Bus Customer Service Call Center was officially put into operation, becoming the first bus industry specific customer center in China and North Korea.
  • In December 2005, HIGER's annual output and sales exceeded 10,000 units for the first time.
  • In September 2006, HIGER launched the A80 export-based luxury bus in cooperation with the Swedish bus manufacturer Scania.
  • In December 2006, 500 HIGER bus units served the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.[4][5]
  • In March 2007, HIGER and Scania jointly researched and developed the Scania Higer A90 High-class Deluxe Coach.[6][7]
  • In August 2008, 1500 HIGER bus units served at the 29th Summer Olympic Games held in Beijing, China.[8]
  • On January 18, 2009, HIGER Bus Company Limited celebrated the 10th anniversary of its establishment.
  • In March 2009, HIGER passed the requirements of the Inspection Exemption of Import and Export Commodities from the Chinese National Administration.
  • In July 2010, HIGER Bus G-BOS System was launched. The system integrates the functions of GPS, driving recorder, fuel consumption recorder, maintenance management, remote breakdown analysis and stitches matching.
  • In December 2010, the company made a sales achievement of 20,000 vehicles a year.
  • In June 2011, HIGER started to manufacture light commercial vehicles.
  • In September 2012, the HIGER Light Duty Vehicle plant in Kunshan was set into production.
  • On May 19, 2013, the foundation laying ceremony of the HIGER New Energy Bus plant was officially held. The first phase of the project amounted to 1.5 billion Chinese Yuan. After its completion, the annual production capacity of the base will reach 10,000 new energy bus units.
  • On May 22, 2013, HIGER launched G-BOS II at the Beijing International Exhibition of Buses, Trucks and Vehicle Components.
  • In September 2013, the First HIGER American Business Conference was held in Santiago de Chile. The conference was attended by HIGER distributors from 12 countries and regions, including US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Panama and Chile.[9][10]
  • In 2014, after 16 years of constant research and growth, HIGER sales exceeded 10 billion Chinese Yuan.
  • On June 16, 2015, the annual list of China’s 500 Most Valuable Brands was officially released in Beijing. According to World Brand Lab, based on financial data analysis, consumer behavior and brand influence, Higer made its way into the list for eight consecutive years, ranking the 129th place in 2015, up from last year’s 134th place, with a brand value reaching 20.286 billion RMB.

Models[edit]

Buses[edit]

Higer A30 on Scania K320IB chassis in Norway
Scania Touring on Scania K410EB chassis in the United Kingdom

Coaches[edit]

HIGER Bus A Series are luxury coaches jointly launched by HIGER and Scania, including A80, A50, A30, A90, A98, etc.[11]

  • A30 - sold in Europe as an intercity or school bus
  • A50
  • A80 - sold in Europe and other export markets as the Scania Touring HD (A80T)
  • A90 KLQ6127Q
  • A95 KLQ6127D
  • A98 KLQ6147S

HIGER Bus V Series

  • V90 KLQ6109
  • V92/91 KLQ6129/KLQ6119
  • V91 KLQ6119T
  • V92 KLQ6129T

HIGER New H Series

  • H92 KLQ6142B
  • Dreamscape
  • H92 KLQ6122D
  • H91 KLQ6112HA

Classic H Series[11]

  • H92 KLQ6125A/B
  • H94 KLQ6145D
  • H94 KLQ6145B
  • H92/H91 KLQ6125/KLQ6115

City Bus[edit]

HIGER Bus B Series

  • B98H KLQ6181G
  • B94H KLQ6140GQ
  • B92H KLQ6129GQ1
  • B90H KLQ6109G
  • B90V KLQ6108G
  • B8H KLQ6850G
  • B7H KLQ6770G
  • KLQ6119GS
  • KLQ6903G

New Energy Bus[edit]

  • Hybrid Electric City Bus (KLQ6129GHEV, KLQ6109GHEV, KLQ6129GQHEV)
  • Hydrogen Fuel Bus (KLQ6129GQH2)
  • Electric Bus (KLQ6129GEV, KLQ6125GEV)
  • Natural Gas City Bus (KLQ6129GC, KLQ6119GC, KLQ6108GC)
  • Natural Gas Road Bus (H92-KLQ6125B1C, H90-KLQ6115HQC, H8-KLQ6858C)

School Bus[edit]

  • KLQ6116X 53+2+1 seats
  • KLQ6106X 53+2+1 seats
  • KLQ6896X 46+2+1 seats
  • KLQ6806X 39+1+1 seats
  • KLQ6756X 38+1+1 seats
  • KLQ6606X 23+1+1 seats
  • KLQ6590X 18 seats

Mini-bus[edit]

H Series[12]

  • H8 KLQ6898/KLQ6858
  • H8 KLQ6898C
  • H7 KLQ6798

V Series[12]

  • V8 KLQ6896
  • V8 KLQ6856
  • V7 KLQ6796

RUILONG[12]

  • KLQ6758A
  • KLQ6759
  • KLQ6729
  • KLQ6609

STAR Series[12]

  • KLQ6728
  • KLQ6668
  • KLQ6608

COASTER Series[12]

  • KLQ6702
  • KLQ6602

Light Duty Vehicles[edit]

HIGER Light-duty Vehicle Division was established in March 2010. The existing business purpose vehicle (H5V), H5C, HIGER pickup(H5P) covers business, passenger, touring, commuter, logistic and many other industries.[13]

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