Bus importer and distributor  VDI Australia has announced it has  appointed former head of Hino Australia’s bus operation, Sara Clark as its national sales and marketing manager, heading up sales for the Yutong brand in this country

VDI’s managing director, Peter Woodward, described Sara Clark’s appointment as a significant addition to the organisation’s senior leadership team. 

“The leadership of VDI’s national sales operations is at a critical phase as we continue executing our strategic imperatives and we anticipate continued growth of the brand in Australia as VDI leads the charge with the bus industry’s transition towards electrification,” said Woodward.

He said that Clark’s appointment underscores VDI’s strategic focus and commitment to its zero-emission model range, with the addition of the D7E and C12E models and the commencement of VDI’s Brisbane production facility where Yutong’s E12 electric low floor city bus is currently being assembled under VDI’s local content program. 

“Sara comes to us with extensive experience in the Australian automotive industry and she brings expertise in manufacturing, logistics, wholesale, and retail areas of the Australian automotive market, encompassing passenger, commercial, heavy duty, and bus,” Woodward added.

“Her proven track record, knowledge and industry reputation align strongly with VDI’s corporate values and Sara will contribute strongly to this exciting phase of VDI’s journey,” he said.

Sara Clark said the growth of the Yutong bus model range in Australia has been strategically oriented and has solidified VDI’s position as the fastest growing bus brand in Australia.

“Through its customer centric planning and investments in company owned and operated outlets nationally, VDI has proven to be a trusted and reliable business partner that is here for the long term,” Clark said.

“Yutong is already recognised locally as a leader in new energy buses who continue to produce innovative, fit for purpose mobility solutions for Australian conditions. It’s really an exciting time to be joining such a forward-thinking organisation,”  Clark added.