Australasia Bus & Coach Expo 2017 Review
The Australasia Bus and Coach Expo 2017 was a great success in celebrating this two–day biennial event. It featured more than 100 exhibitors showcasing their new models and latest technology offerings in the industry. The event was hosted by the Gold Coast Convention Centre which was held from 25th and the 26th of September.
Australasia Bus and Coach Expo 2017 provided a perfect opportunity to speak directly to owners, senior executives, manufacturers, and operators. It gave the large crowd an amazing prospect to see up–close the new products, systems, actually on board in numerous shiny brand new coaches & buses. And featuring new accessories, and equipment.
The Australasia Bus and Coach Expo 2017 program also included speeches and presentations. The event was formally opened by a speech by Glenn Butcher – Assistant Minister for Transport and Infrastructure. He announced that the government is committed in connecting the public transport network for easy access to all commuters.
Keynote Guest Speaker
One of the guest speakers who gave a speech in opening the event was Dick Johnson AM. He is no stranger to being a keynote speaker and everyone was thrilled to hear his speech. His message was “There is no I in a TEAM. But Together Everyone Achieves More.”
Dick Johnson AM is considered as one of Australia’s most successful Touring Car Drivers with over three decades of racing experience. He won numerous Australian Touring Car Championship trophies and established himself to be an Australian motor racing legend.
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Some of the Exhibiting Companies for Buses
There were plenty of companies who displayed their latest innovative products and cutting–edge technologies that are now available in the market. Here are some of the exhibiting companies:
The Carbridge displayed their newest electric powered and lightweight bus running on full electric power that could reach a total distance of 400 to 500 kms.
VanHool, a Belgian manufacturer showed interest in the Australian market by joining the Expo. They showcased their EX16H coach bus and have already sold a number of it to one of the biggest operators in the Newcastle, NSW.
The Chinese giant manufacturer Yutong presented their newest hi–tech luxury coach called the T12. It is fitted with a ZF transmission and a Mercedes–Benz engine.
The European manufacturer showcased their Iveco minibuses with luxurious design, air suspension stabilisers and leather seats upholstery. The smaller buses will be used for a short urban run rather than using a full size bus inside the city.
The concept coach of Scania has a magnificent and lustrous titanium paint finish, it is fitted with StyleRide leather seats, and a servery counter at the back.
Isuzu featured their I-Bus 500 Series which is a 34–seater, with automatic transmission, and an airbag suspension.
Australian BCI introduced their low floor 21–seater with wider space and fuel–efficiency called “Proma”. They also have available standard bus with 28–seater suitable for any large groups.
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Schedule of Events
Sunday, 24th of September at 7pm to 9pm – Pre–opening reception event sponsored by Volvo Australia.
Monday, 25th of September at 9am to 4pm – Trade Show event.
Monday, 25th of September at 6pm to 11pm – Pre–dinner reception event sponsored by Optare Australia.
Tuesday, 26th of September at 9 am to 4pm – Trade Show event.
For more information about Australasia Bus and Coach Expo 2017, visit Queensland Bus Industry Council’s website.
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