King Long appoints Northern Coach Sales

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King Long’s XMQ6130Y was displayed on the Chinese manufacturer’s stand at last year’s Busworld Kortrijk
King Long’s XMQ6130Y was displayed on the Chinese manufacturer’s stand at last year’s Busworld Kortrijk

King Long has strengthened its sales network with the appointment of Northern Coach Sales as its representative for the north of England and southern Scotland. Northern Coach Sales, based in Scarborough, has been established by industry stalwart Paul Nicholson. Paul said: “I have been out of the industry for about nine months and have missed the cut and thrust of dealing and meeting with my many old friends – so much so, that when the opportunity to re-join King Long arose I had no hesitation whatsoever. “I was involved when King Long first entered the UK market and have monitored its progress with interest. I believe, with the resources the manufacturer has available in China, it is now producing a range of vehicles comparable with any in Europe. “Northern Coach Sales is to offer the complete bus and coach range, from XMQ 6800 and 6900 midicoaches, both equipped to a very high standard specification, to the flagship XMQ 6127 which is well known in the UK. All the coaches are covered by a two-year warranty package as standard.”

Later this year, Northern Coach Sales will showcase King Long’s latest development for the UK market, an XMQ 6130, at EuroBus Expo in Birmingham. The model is currently undergoing final testing before its launch. It will be a 13-metre tri-axle with 57 seats. Powered by Cummins’ new Euro 5 440 ISM engine coupled to a ZF AS-Tronic automatic transmission, the coach features a high standard specification, which includes, ZF front and rear axles, with ZF RAS active steering tag axle, a drinks machine, wide-view mirror with defrost function, one 17” LCD TV at the front and two 15” LCD TV monitors in the saloon.

In addition to supplying new King Longs, Northern Coach Sales is to broker sales of coaches on behalf of operators and offer used vehicles taken in part exchange for deals on new King Long buses or coaches. The business is aiming to relocate in the near future to a facility at Pickering, North Yorkshire.

Contact Northern Coach Sales on 07827 894454.