CHINA Xiamen-based Golden Dragon has marked the delivery of its 50,000th bus or coach to be exported. Notably it’s one of 177 Euro 6 buses supplied through Israeli dealer Auto Chen to DAN Corporation. It has taken 12 years for Golden Dragon to reach this landmark and the company says it will use it to further strengthen its presence overseas.
Talking at a special ceremony to mark the event, Xie Siyu, President of Golden Dragon said: “Israel represents one of our key overseas market with our successful marketing. Since earlier 2011, together with Auto Chen, we have been through market research, product research, bus trial operation, and product improvement. Now our hard work has paid off and we have succeeded in becoming the first brand from China to export large volumes of buses with Euro VI emission standards to Israel. Our success cannot be achieved without the constant supports given and hard efforts made by our dealer Auto Chen.”
Dani Blilious, CEO of Auto Chen also spoke highly of his company’s deepening ties with Golden Dragon, saying: “after over four years’ cooperation, Golden Dragon has already become a well recognised bus brand in Israel’s high-end bus market. The biggest achievement we have ever made is the establishment of cooperative ties with DAN Corporation which is the second largest public carrier in Israel. Boasting rich experience in bus operation, DAN chiefly purchased MAN, Mercedes-Benz and other high-end bus brands from Europe previously. Its preference for Golden Dragon vehicles recently has proved a great success for the bus maker.”
Speaking to Chinabuses.org, Shmulik Litvak who is Operating Director of DAN Corporation, added: “We have been operating high-end buses and coaches from Europe for 35 years. For this reason, we are naturally used to the European standards when it comes to bus quality and services. In 2006, we visited Golden Dragon and found that all buses exported only met Euro III and IV emission standards. However, we were deeply impressed by the quality of Golden Dragon bus products. In 2010, we bought two buses from Golden Dragon for trial operation. In 2014, we made a big decision to buy 177 units Golden Dragon buses with Euro VI emission standards.”