HIGER ENTERS UK MARKET
The first to arrive here is the revised Super 9, which gives a passenger capacity of up to 41 and has custom options. Higer integral coaches will be launched on the market by the Dublin-based importer Harris Group. The first model is the 9.6m Super 9, seating up to 41 passengers.
The Super 9 is assembled in Suzhou, but many of components are sourced in Europe. Under the bonnet is a Darlington-built Cummins ISB6.7 engine rated at 300bhp. In a major change from the earlier Allison-equipped model, it is coupled to a ZF EcoLife gearbox. A dash switch selects economy or power modes, although it may be deleted.
Axles on the test coach are also from ZF, and its European componentry extends as far as the wheels. High-specification Super 9s have Hungarian-made Alcoa Dura-Brites; entry-level coaches have steel rims. All are shod in Michelin rubber.
Entrance area is one of the Super 9’s strong points, with very wide steps
Much work has been done to ensure engine sound-deadening, and additional damping has been introduced to cut vibration.
The Super 9 is 9.60m long, 2.47m wide and 3.38m high. It weighs in at 9,880kg unladen and has a GVW of 13,800kg. Harris is already committed to offering an accessible variant of the Super 9, but it is mindful that the lift should occupy as little of the underfloor luggage area as possible.