Pelican Engineering, the Castleford-based importer of Chinese-built Yutong coaches, says that the first Yutong production vehicles will be on the road and in service with operators â€œwithin two weeksâ€. Eight examples of the 12m ZK6129HI â€“ marketed as the TC12 in the UK â€“ were ordered as stock vehicles to accompany a demonstrator. Pelican Engineering Sales Director Ken Grindrod says that all nine have been sold, with the eight stock coaches arriving in the UK last weekend..
â€œIt has come as a shock to have sold them all so soon, but we are pleasantly surprised,â€ says Mr Grindrod, who confirmed that Pelican has ordered a further 18 Yutongs, a mix of Euro 5 and 6 coaches, which are expected to arrive in the UK in August.
A â€œfair proportionâ€ of this second order has already been sold, he added.
â€œWe have been delighted with the enquiries received from potential customers. Ordering eight vehicles was a big commitment on our part, and we’re overjoyed to have achieved what we have.â€
Pelican reports that reaction from operators who have viewed and test driven the demonstration TC12 has been unanimously positive, with many remarking that the coach is no different to European vehicles.
Powered by Cummins’ Euro 5 ISL 8.9-litre 400bhp engine, full back-up and support is provided by the long-established Pelican Engineering business, which marks its 95th anniversary this year.
Yutong, based in Zhengzhou, is the world’s largest coach and bus manufacturer, building over 50,000 PSVs per year.
Mr Grindrod adds that coaches built to order are subject to the same three-month lead time as the stock vehicles expected during the summer.
DAF engines are to be used at Euro 6.