Commercial Vehicles in India: News & Updates


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A quote from Mr. Vipin Sondhi, Managing Director & CEO, Ashok Leyland Limited, on support required for truckers.​

“Logistics and transportation are the backbone of the economy, and in these challenging times, vehicles need to be running to transport essentials. The truckers ensure that the supply chain of these essential supplies are not disrupted, and the communities affected by the lockdown are cared for. We, in turn, need to care for these truckers and some measures which the Government could take to assist these drivers are - to provide minimum wages to the drivers and ensure their benefits are looked after; provide insurance for the drivers and ensure their health and safety is cared for; regulate and mandate the working conditions for these truck drivers – through cabin regulation. Also for the drivers who are transporting essentials across the country, assistance needs to be provided in the form of food, water, essentials, and service support at pit-stops along the highways. We at Ashok Leyland have already started initiatives on this front and look forward to partner with the Government for any new initiatives on these lines.”
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A quote from Mr. N V Balachandar, President-HR, Communication and CSR, Ashok Leyland on resuming operations post the lockdown.

“The Ashok Leyland plants at Alwar, Bhandara and Pantnagar have received permission from the relevant Government Authorities to resume operations. We are currently working out the supply chain readiness post which we will resume operations and commence production in line with demand.”
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A quote from Mr. Vipin Sondhi, Managing Director & CEO, Ashok Leyland Limited, on Scrappage Policy.​

“Commercial Vehicle sector, which was already struggling prior to the pandemic has now come to a grinding halt. As is well known, commercial vehicles are a life line to any nation’s economy. They transport goods and they are an integral part of public transport. It is imperative that demand for commercial vehicles be triggered. An incentive based Scrappage scheme (for Commercial vehicles >15 years) with incentives in the form of a rebate in GST, road tax or registration charges would help give demand a boost.”
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Quote from Mr. Vipin Sondhi, Managing Director & CEO, Ashok Leyland Limited, on Supply Chain and Production Commencement.​

“Auto OEM’s are dependent on the ancillary sector. A smooth flow of the complete supply-chain is vital for production of vehicles. While the Government has given the auto sector the permission to resume operations in a phased manner in certain geographies, with certain norms and conditions, it still remains a challenge for the industry to resume operations. This because, while the OEM production unit might be in the green zone, even if one ancillary unit that supplies a small part happens to be in the red zone, will make a component of the vehicle unavailable, thereby making the production process impossible. The need of the hour is for the industry to collaborate together with the local agencies to ensure a smooth supply chain, for the OEMs to commence production and help boost the economic revival of the nation.”
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A quote from Mr. Vipin Sondhi, CEO & MD, Ashok Leyland regarding the April sales numbers.

“These are truly unprecedented times, and both Government and Industry need to work even more closely, across the supply chain to bring the industry back on its feet. The recovery of the auto industry is vital for the revival of the overall economy. For the first time ever in the history of the Automotive industry in India, we have seen a ‘zero sale’ month, in April 2020.”
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BS6 Maruti Suzuki Super Carry Launched In India; Priced At ₹ 5.07 lakh


Maruti Suzuki India Limited has announced the launch of BS6 compliant S-CNG variant of Super Carry. Maruti Suzuki Super Carry is the first light commercial vehicle (LCV) in the country to upgrade to a BS6 engine. The Maruti Super Carry BS6 CNG is priced at ₹ 5.07 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is also India's first 4-cylinder powered mini-truck commercial vehicle. The 1,200 cc BS6 compliant dual fuel petrol engine delivers 64 bhp at 6,000rpm and generates a peak torque of 85 Nm at 3,000rpm. It is the only LCV in the country with a dual fuel S-CNG variant with a 5 litre petrol tank.

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BharatBenz Launches 5228TT- Tractor Trailer In India


After showcasing the model earlier this year, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) has introduced its next-generation BharatBenz 5228TT heavy-duty tractor-trailer in the country. The new 5228TT comes with the highest GCW available on a 4x2 tractor up to 54 tonnes. Daimler India says that the new model offers a lower cost of ownership compared to its predecessor, courtesy of the new axle configuration. The new set-up uses a hub reduction axle and sturdier frame that allows the tractor-trailer to offer a load-bearing capacity of a larger 6x4 tractor, while offering higher fuel efficiency. The 5228TT was one of the showstoppers for BharatBenz as part of its new BS6 compliant commercial vehicle range showcased earlier this year.

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The BharatBenz 5228TT is offered in a variety of GCW options ranging from 51 tonne to 54 tonne, and gets an air suspension as optional that is used for long haul applications. The vehicle has four less tyres than its 55-tonne counterpart and the fuel efficiency is on par with a 6x4 tractor, according to the company. The 5228TT can carry five to eight tonnes more based on the trailer combination compared to a conventional 4x2 tractor.


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Ashok Leyland Introduces AVTR Modular Truck Platform With BS6 Compliant Engines


One of India's leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, Ashok Leyland has announced the launch of the AVTR modular truck platform with i-Gen6 BS6 technology. The new modular platform offers multiple axle configuration options, loading spans, cabins, suspensions and drivetrains on a single architecture. The new AVTR platform will spawn a new range of rigid trucks, tippers and tractors in the 18.5 tonnes to 55 tonnes category, allowing customers to configure the medium and heavy commercial vehicles (M&HCV) according to their requirements.


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Mahindra Launches New Sarpanch Plus Tractor Range In Maharashtra


Mahindra's Farm Equipment Sector today announced the launch of its new Sarpanch Plus range of tractors in Maharashtra. As part of the range, the company has launched the Mahindra 575 Sarpanch Plus, which is an upgrade over the company's popular 575 Sarpanch tractor. In fact, compared to the older model, the new Sarpanch Plus offers 2 bhp more, higher peak torque and back-up torque, to cover more land quickly. The new Sarpanch Plus series will be available at Mahindra Tractor dealerships that have commenced operations across Maharashtra, however, given the COVID-19 situation, the company has also commenced online bookings for a token of ₹ 5000. The booking amount is only valid until June 30.





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New commercial vehicles in India likely to have increased length, height as international trucks: Here’s why

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The Government of India, amid this pandemic situation, is equally concentrating on improving the economic situation of the country. For example, the dimensions of buses, trailers as well as good carriers will now be increased. This is based on the international dimensions of such vehicles, which were found to be much bigger than ours. Related to this, amendments are proposed for rule-93 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1989. The overall idea behind this amendment is to allow more passengers or goods to be carried in the same specified weight category. This in turn will improve logistics in a big fashion. According to the amendment proposed, a two-wheeler can have a max length of four metres while the height can be 2.5 metres. Three-wheelers, according to the proposed amendment, can have a max height of 2.5 metres. The length of a pneumatic trailer now will be at par with that of a modular hydraulic unit.

On select routes (most likely highways), road trains with the same length as in European countries (25.2 metres), will be introduced. To encourage container transport, the height of goods vehicles too will be modified in the N category. Two-axle buses will now likely have a length of 13.5 metres from the current 12 metres. As for truck-trailers that carry passenger cars or motorcycles, construction equipment or even livestock, the height of the vehicle shouldn’t go above 4.75 metre. Semi-trailers that carry refrigerated containers should not have a height more than 4.25 metre.

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All-New Ashok Leyland 'Bada Dost' LCV Launched In India; Prices Start At ₹ 7.75 Lakh


Home-grown commercial vehicle manufacturer, Ashok Leyland today launched an all-new light commercial vehicle (LCV) in India. Christened Ashok Leyland Bada Dost, the newly launched LCV is built on an all-new platform that has been developed by the company in-house. It's the first light commercial vehicle to be wholly developed and designed by Ashok Leyland, unlike its existing Dost range, which is based on the platform developed by the company's previous joint venture with Nissan. Ashok Leyland is offering the new Bada Dost in two variants - i3 and i4, and they will come with a best-in-class payload capacity of 1,860 kg and 1,405 kg, respectively.

The Ashok Leyland Bada Dost's in two variants - i3 and i4, both will come in LS and LX trims. While the Bada Dost i3 LS and LX trims are priced at ₹ 7.75 lakh and ₹ 7.95 lakh, the i4 LS and LX variants are priced at ₹ 7.79 lakh and ₹ 7.99 lakh (all ex-showroom, Mumbai) respectively. Also, for the first time, the company will be accepting online bookings for the Bada Dost.

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Tata Signa 5525.S 55 Tonne 4x2 Prime Mover Tractor Truck Launched

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Tata Motors has introduced the new Signa 5525.S 55-tonne tractor truck, which is India's highest gross commercial weight (GCW) 4x2 prime mover. The new Signa 5525.S 4x2 has been designed with Tata's 'Power of 6' philosophy that aims to enhance performance, lower cost of ownership, higher comfort and convenience and improve revenue and operating cost on the vehicles. The automaker is offering a number of financing options with the new Signa 5525.S 4x2 and a warranty period of 6 years/6 lakh km.


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Ashok Leyland Launches Boss BS6 ICV Range; Prices Start At ₹ 18 Lakh


Ashok Leyland launched its new range of Boss LE and LX Trucks, featuring the i-Gen6 BS-VI technology with prices starting at ₹ 18 lakh, (ex-showroom, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai). Both vehicles will address the 11.1 tonne to 14.05 tonne GVW market in the intermediate commercial vehicle (ICV) segment and customers can choose from multiple combinations - loading span from 14 feet to 24 feet and body type options include high side deck, fixed side deck, drop side deck, cab chassis, container and tipper.


Ashok Leyland is catering to multiple businesses with the Boss including usage for parcel & courier, poultry, white goods, agri-perishable goods, e-commerce, FMCG, auto parts and reefer among others. Customers can choose from two cabin options and the company says they can expect multiple improvements over BS-IV technology like up to 7 per cent higher fluid efficiency, up to 5 per cent better tyre life, up to 30 per cent longer service interval and up to 5 per cent lower maintenance cost. The Boss range is equipped with digital solutions like i-Alert and remote diagnostics.

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