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Volvo’s hybrid drive

Volvo Buses India is offering the 8400 low-floor hybrid city bus to help cities fight the menace of pollution. Story by: Bhushan Mhapralkar It is drizzling for the last one hour. Any chance of it stopping looks slim. The Vardah cyclone that devastated Chennai is showing its after effect at Bangalore. The drive to Hosakote on […]

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INDUSTRY TALK

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Chinese tyre imports

The onslaught of Chinese CV tyres is hurting the domestic tyre industry. Story by: Anirudh Raheja Inderjeet Singh Bawa from Ludhiana is contemplating replacing the worn out tyres of his 4×2 Ashok Leyland Comet Gold 1613 truck. The existing set of tyres has clocked almost 70,000kms (69,974kms to be precise). Bawa is scouting various options; he […]

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INDUSTRY TALK

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Commuter shuttle buses look up

Bus shuttles are looking like yet another disruptive business model in the ever changing world of transportation. Story by: Anirudh Raheja App.-based transportation solutions are transforming the way people are travelling in India. Dictated by the use of technology, it is both easy, and challenging, to use app.-based platforms over various devices, including smartphones. The good […]

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INTERVIEWS

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Globe-trotting

Anuj Kathuria, President, Global Trucks, Ashok Leyland Ltd. Interview by: Ashish Bhatia Q. After acquiring the Nissan stake, what is the strategy going forward? A. Information about Nissan and other joint ventures is out in the public domain. As far as our global business of trucks and buses is concerned, we have now started an international office […]

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Reinventing CVs

Nalin Mehta, Managing Director & CEO, Mahindra Trucks and Buses Limited Interview by: Bhushan Mhapralkar Q. What led to the creation of the Blazo? A. We saw a clear indication that different applications required different fuelling cycles. We had a common-rail diesel engine with us. We were using it in a 40-tonne tractor-trailer. We were […]

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Deciphering Cvs

  Eiichi Seto, Managing Director & CEO, SML Isuzu Ltd. Interview by: Anirudh Raheja Q. What is your view on the Bus Code, and its implementation? A. Bus body code is a good regulation for the industry which has been dominated by unorganised bus body builders for long. They are still not ready to accept the […]

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Building buses

B Anil Baliga, Executive Vice President  – Bus & Application,  VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd. Interview by: Bhushan Mhapralkar Q. The Pithampur plant is running at full capacity. How does that augur for buses? A. We have geared up for a production run of 5500 numbers. We are doing about 6000 to 6100 units. We will […]

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