WMC Group, the importer of Chinese manufactured Higer buses and JAC trucks, has appointed Wheelans Motor Group as its master franchisee for New Zealand.
According to managing director of the WMC Group, Jason Pecotic, the move is a logical one that will enable the company’s commercial vehicle brands to be taken to the next level in New Zealand.
“New Zealand is a relatively small, but still important market to us and the appointment of Phil Wheelans and his team at Wheelans Motor Group as master franchisee will ensure we have the infrastructure and personnel on the ground to service all of our current and potential customers properly,” Pecotic said.
The Wheelans Motor Group has been a Higer bus and JAC truck dealer since January 2012 and has a long, distinguished history in New Zealand as a Daimler Group truck dealer selling Mercedes-Benz, Fuso, Sterling and Freightliner vehicles. The company also operates a large-scale truck and trailer rental business.
According to Phil Wheelans, managing director of Wheelans Motor Group, the opportunity to sign on as the master franchisee for WMC in New Zealand was too good to pass up.
“JAC trucks represent a great example of the pragmatism and ability (of the Chinese) to provide a vehicle that will do the job well at a great price using known technology with Cummins, Wabco and other recognised suppliers,” he said. “It’s the same with Higer and the combination of all of these elements makes it a very exciting opportunity for the Wheelans Motor Group and for WMC.”
Phil and his team will take full responsibility for operations in New Zealand including sales and marketing, parts distribution and dealer management, reporting to Shannon Taylor, WMC group general manager.
Wheelans Motor Group is headquartered in the Wellington suburb of Seaview and operates branches in Hamilton, Palmerston North and Christchurch.