WMC Group announces boost to vehicle distribution operations in New Zealand

WMC Group, the importer and distributor of JAC Trucks and Higer Buses in Australia and New Zealand, has appointed the Wheelans Motor Group as master franchisee for New Zealand.

The new arrangement is supposed to increase both sales reach and penetration for the Higer and JAC brands in New Zealand, providing a strong existing infrastructure, expertise and customer service via the Wheelans Motor Group and the existing dealer network.

Phil Wheelans will take direct control of the Higer and JAC master franchises in New Zealand, while the separate but wholly owned Phil Wheelans Truck and Van Sales will continue selling and servicing Fuso trucks and other brands under separate management.

According to managing director of the WMC Group, Jason Pecotic, the move is a logical step in the development of the brand: “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 the personnel on the ground to service all of our current and potential customers properl.”

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. The company also operates a large-scale truck and trailer rental business.

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