The world of Automechanika Frankfurt 2016

A binneial automotive fair, Automechanika Frankfurt 2016 saw CV aftermarket players participate.

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Team CV

Held between September 13 and September 17, Automechanika Frankfurt 2016 saw the participation of 4,820 exhibitors from 76 countries, up from 4,660 participants from 74 countries in 2014. Organised by Messe Frankfurt, the biennial automotive fair for aftermarket, showcased innovations and solutions ranging from components to equipment, and from accessories to workshop equipment. Attracting 1.36 lakh visitors from 170 countries, the fair, spread over an area of 592,127 sq. m., inclusive of the ten exhibition halls and an open area, highlighted aftermarket’s contribution towards lightweighting, connectivity, electronics, etc. Knorr-Bremse launched a new brand, ‘EconX’, to focus on re-manufactured products that offer environment friendly solutions to refurbish old trucks. Under ‘EconX’ brand were displayed SN7 disc brakes and electronic clutch actuators. Increasing its aftermarket thrust through distribution partnership with Technomatik in the field of compressed air cylinders, Knorr-Bremse would soon start supplying air, oil, fuel and interior filters for trucks and buses. Having acquired Spheros, Valeo showcased two bus ACs – Citysphere Compact and Thermo E 200/320. Jost, for the first time, showcased spare parts for Mercedes-Benz trailer axles. Also on display were fifth wheel couplings, landing gears and towing hitches the company manufactures. Wulf Gaertner Autoparts showcased heavy-duty stabiliser links under its Meyle brand for commercial vehicles.

Indian participation

As many as 30 Indian auto component manufacturers participated in the show. They did so under the aegis of the Automotive Component Manufacturer’s Association (ACMA). Occupying over 650 sq. m. of space, the participants highlighted their technological competitiveness. The ‘India Day’ celebration by ACMA saw eminent Indian speakers stress upon the opportunities and challenges the Indian automotive industry offers as well as faces. Automotive aftermarket in India is expected to grow to USD 32 billion by 2026 from the current USD 6.5 billion. To support its automotive suppliers and aftermarket forces, India too has got its own Automechanika show. The next event edition is scheduled to be held between March 21 and March 24 next year at Delhi.

Busworld India 2016 brings the bus industry together

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Held at Bangalore, the seventh edition of Busworld India saw the bus industry come together and showcase its strength.

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Bhushan Mhapralkar

The seventh edition of Busworld India 2016 opened its gates to visitors in the morning of November 10, 2016, at Bangalore’s International Exhibition Center. The fair was organised by Kortrijk-based Busworld International, and supported by ASRTU, ARAI, IRU, ICAT and BOCI. Inaugurated by Bart De Groof, Consul General of Belgium in the presence of Oleg Kamberski, Head – President Transport, IRU, Didier Ramoudt, President, Busworld International, Rajender Kumar Kataria, Managing Director, KSRTC, and Vice President ASRTU, Prasanna Patwardhan, Chairman and Managing Director, Prasanna Purple, and President BOCI, Hakan Agnevall, President, Volvo Bus Corporation, Jan Deman, Busworld Academy, and Rajan Sharma, Managing Director, Inter Ads Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd., the fair saw the showcasing of some of the most interesting buses available in India. Right at the front were parked two Alma Mammoth buses. Painted in an attractive shade of yellow and red, they marked the India launch of these buses. Of particular interest was the yellow bus, a sleeper coach derivative of the Mammoth. Built on a MAN front-engine (power bumped to 280 hp) bus platform, the Mammoth marks the flagship offering in the inter-city bus space of the Mumbai-based MG Group. Expressed Anil Kamat, Managing Director, MG Group, “We will be launching the Mammoth in the domestic market in seater and sleeper variants. With it, we are set to transform the bus building industry in India.” The Mammoth is expected to cost in the range of Rs.60 to Rs.65 lakh.

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Bus makers sparkle

In what could be termed as the highlight of the fair, the MG Group also unveiled a tarmac coach. Unveiled by R V Deshpande, Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industries, Infrastructure Development, Government of Karnataka, the bus, called the Columbus, is a monocoque ultra-low and flat-floor design. With a passenger entry floor height of as low as 290 mm (after kneeling), the Columbus seats 8 people, and can accommodate 67 people. It is powered by a 230 hp Cummins engine, and features a smartly designed interior. Offering swift passenger entry and exit with five passenger doors (three on the left, and two on the right side), the Columbus is equipped with a six-speed ZF auto transmission. Featuring a double drop front axle, the Columbus has a fully composite and leak-proof roof panel. Lighting is LED intensive. Incorporating technologies like ECAS, ABS, and CANBus, the Columbus tarmac bus meets the Airport Handling Manual regulations.

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Volvo Buses unveiled the 12 m long B8R luxury bus. It will replace the B7R platform, and is powered by a 330 hp, 8-litre (D8C) engine made by VE Commercial Vehicles at its Pithampur plant. This is in line with the announcement to localise key aggregates. Volvo also announced the upgrading of its 13.8 m multi-axle 9400. The inter-city luxury coach gets a new, more powerful 410 hp, 11-litre BSIV compliant engine over the earlier 9-litre engine. The 11-litre engine of the 14.5 m Volvo coach has been upgraded to BSIV emission standards. The bus featured driver drowsiness alert, breath analyser and a chemical toilet. Its Prakash Fainsa push-back seats had individual mobile charging points. Said Akash Passey, Senior Vice President – Business Region International, Volvo Bus Corporation, “India is one of our home markets, and we are focussed on the market to maintain a strong position. We are addressing the demand of our customers for localised products. The 8-litre engine, the heart of the vehicle, we have localised, and this would reflect on the cost and maintenance of the vehicle. On the 14.5 m bus, we have upgraded the engine so that the performance will improve for the end-customer. It will improve the operating performance of the customer.” About return on investment in connection with premium buses, Passey averred, “It is not about the bus being expensive, but about taxes. They have increased. Fare differentials associated with premium buses is vanning. Effective fare realisation is lower than earlier, and is impacting ROI. There is a need to have a tax structure in place. Today, 30 to 40 per cent of the bus cost is paid as taxes to the Government of India and directly or indirectly to states. Hopefully the GST will address this. In the case of per seat taxation, we are looking at the new Motor Vehicle Act. The economy is down. When it is good, more people move around. The ROI for premium buses, like ours should be five to seven years.”

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SML Isuzu displayed two new buses, a 20-seater Executive Ex Coach based on a longer, 4240 mm wheelbase. The other bus, the Ecomax, is built on a smaller, 2815 mm wheelbase, and can seat 13 people. It can be had with an air conditioner and individual mobile charging points. Daimler India Commercial Vehicles displayed a BharatBenz staff and school bus. While industry sources claim that Wrightbus has pulled out of the Indian venture, the two buses (school and staff) made for a pretty site. Either bus is powered by a 140 hp, 3.9-litre four-cylinder common-rail turbodiesel BSIV engine. Transmission is a 6-speed manual unit, and the bus features ABS and tilt adjustable steering. Capable of seating 49 people (with 3×2 seat configuration) and 26 people with push back 2×1 type seats, the BharatBenz buses are said to be based on the Fuso Fighter platform. The suspension of the buses is made up of parabolic leaf springs, double-acting telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bars with stabilisers.

Ancillaries

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Bus ancillary manufacturers were out in good force at the fair. At the forefront were the bus AC manufacturers. Expressed K P Singh, Director-India Region, Eberspaecher Suetrak India, that they are experiencing good growth. “Our production has risen from 3000 units to 5000 units,” he said. Displaying bus air conditioning systems, Sphere Thermal Systems Private Limited showcased an (electrical) air conditioner for hybrid and electric buses. The company, said Pramod Verma, Vice President, specialises in central air conditioning, transport air conditioning and refrigeration products. Indulging in the insulation bit of reefer trucks, Sphere, according to Verma, offers bus ACs in the 5kW to 50 kW range. Having a technical tie-up with Guchen, China, the company has grown 400 per cent since inception in 2011 according to Verma. The market for bus ACs, he avers, is between 20,000 and 25,000 units as compared to 12,000 and 14,000 units five years ago. Mentioned Verma, that market penetration of bus ACs is still at 20 to 25 per cent, and there is big potential for growth. The areas for growth, he outlined, include staff buses, school buses and tourist buses. STUs, said Verma, are bulk buyers. Their AC buses are helping them to earn good revenue, he added.

Shatrughan Kumar, Director, Trans ACNR, expressed that it is easy to build an AC due to easy availability of parts, the challenge lies in providing the right support. He drew attention to a service app. his company has launched. Referring to south India as a strong AC bus market, Kumar announced that they command 90 per cent of the AC bus market in Kerala. Regarding growth, Kumar said that they have already fitted 5500 ACs as compared to 3200 ACs last year. He stressed upon addressing customer needs. Trans ACNR, said Kumar, is offering its customers AMCs tailored to meet their needs. This, he quipped, saves the operator from unexpected expenses and sudden surprises.

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Spheros Motherson displayed its range of bus ACs, including the unit it offers for hybrid and electric buses. According to Cyril Xavier, COO, Spheros Motherson Thermal Systems Ltd., “Sheer performance and reliability is what we are banking upon.” “We have a product for the premium, and for the aftermarket.” Pointing at the new CC355 bus AC, which will replace the CC350, Xavier avers, “No one’s stronger than the other in the bus business. One stop solution is being demanded by operators, and is driving a market for fully-built buses. Demand for midi- and larger bus ACs is growing.” The Revo ACs Spheros Motherson offers is born out of the need to address energy efficiency needs of premium bus manufacturers. Claimed Xavier that their Revo E has been fitted to the Tata Starbus Hybrid bus.

Austrain company, Fasching Salzburg Gmbh displayed a wide range of seat belt systems for buses. The sales director and authorised officer of the company, Harald Pebl Ing, expressed, “Safety initiative should be inculcated in India. Awareness has to be infused in the culture.” Seat belts, he mentioned, are not new for the Indian market. Drawing attention to the regulatory norms being slated for November 2017, Pebl averred that seat belts will get its regulatory ordinance. He stressed upon fitting inter-city buses with seat belts. “We want to tap the Indian market with our core strength,” he added.

 

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France-based Actia Group put on display bus instrument consoles and dials. The company has a subsidiary in India, and specialises in electronic vehicle management, power electronics, transport equipment and services, telecommunication, obsolescence management, and workshop euipment and services. Anurag Jain, Chief Operating Officer, Actia India Pvt., Ltd., said, “Multiplex is necessary, but will be looked at only when the regulatory norms instruct so. Considering the volatile driver market, cabin ambiance is important. In this direction, we are providing onboard solutions, telematics and diagnostics solutions, both at the aftermarket and OEM level.” Stressing upon producing a product that has the provision for upgrading and interpolating, Jain averred, “We are supplying BSVI driven products to the European market. Our products are qualified to war-front the atmospheric conditions. The demand for message centre and communication is increasing. The number of ECUs (Electronic Control Units) is multiplying. Authenticity of data is a challenge, and our system can get rid of the challenges and network efficiently.”

Sika India displayed the range of bonding solutions it offers to the bus industry. These include polyurethane, polyurethane hybrid, epoxy hybrid, hotmelt adhesive and reactive, and laminating adhesive technology solutions. Catering to clients like Tata Marcopolo, Ashok Leyland and Scania, Belgaum-based RG Fibrotech displayed bus front and rear fascia. Bangalore-based Mecolam Engineering displayed fibreglass products like fascias, dashboards, engine covers, etc., that it offers to the bus industry. Lamilux (India) highlighted its composite solutions for buses. Said Cosima-Klinger Paul, Managing Director, Lamilux India Private Ltd., that weight is the criteria that Lamilux is pushing in the bus industry with FRP products. “Mahindra is contemplating the use of our FRP products in the bus that they are developing,” she added. Lamilux is catering to the needs of ACGL and JBM in India.

Valeo displayed its range of compressors for bus air conditioners whereas Doga India put up an attractive display of its wiper systems. The company will begin manufacturing these early next year. Apart from windshield wiper and washer systems, the company specialises in window lift systems, geared and non-geared motors, gas springs, tank systems, and electrofans, blower and air ducts.

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Hyderabad-based Smartdrive showcased alcohol detection solutions like breath analysers. J.S.S Steelitalia Ltd. displayed an exposed tubular section of the bus body. The company is promoting the use of stainless steel tubes for bus body construction in the interest of safety, reliability, lower operating cost and better fuel economy. Specialising in transportation décor, Niemla put on display fabrics that find use in bus seating systems. Putting up an attractive bus seating system display were Pinnacle Industries. Specialising in the cutomisation of Force Travellers, PKN (Prime Engitech Pvt. Ltd.), displayed some very interesting trim parts and an air conditioner. Catering to almost all the bus makers and bus body builders, Pacoline Industries, displayed mirror assemblies, interior lights, reflectors, warning triangles, steering wheels, spray suppression flaps and other plastic components that find use in the construction of a bus.

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Make in India

Singing the ‘Made in India’ note, the Busworld India 2016 saw the participation of 77 exhibitors. With a good mix of domestic and international players, the absence of key bus manufacturers, Ashok Leyland and Tata Motors, failed to dampen the spirit of the show. Some very exciting buses from Daimler India, SML Isuzu, Volvo Buses India, and the MG Group were the high point. In what felt like a slightly subdued affair when compared to the last edition held at Mumbai in 2015, Busworld India 2016 was successful in bringing the bus industry together. It were perhaps the sudden demonetisation announcement by prime minister Narendra Modi on the evening of November 8, 2019, that weighed on the minds of visitors. Footfall felt like it was affected. Good connectivity to the exhibition venue was lacking.

Changing times

The 66th IAA Commercial Vehicle show 2016 reflected the change the commercial vehicle industry is going through.

 Story by: Anirudh Raheja

Photos by: Gianenrico Griffini

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The 66th IAA Commercial Vehicle show opened its doors to visitors on the morning of September 21, 2016, at Hannover in Germany. The weather on that particular day was pleasant, though a little cold by Indian standards. One of the biggest fair facilities in Germany, Hannover Messe, spread over 2.7 lakh sq. m., attracted 2,013 exhibitors from 52 countries to the show. People from commercial vehicle industry the world over flocked to the premier show. They were not disappointed. The 66th IAA CV show shed light on electromobility, a digital future and urban logistics. The show highlighted the efforts being taken towards an efficient, safe, comfortable and greener tomorrow. It particularly emphasised on innovative solutions to reduce fuel consumption of CVs, and in-turn reduce the carbon footprint. The all new connectivity solutions (fleet management programmes, navigation, and advanced maintenance services, etc.) on display looked promising and will improve road transport efficiency. The focus of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)was on trying to optimise the advanced diesel engine drivelines. It was on introducing alternative drivelines, including gas engines and electric motors. Over 332 world premiers took place at Hannover. Of these, 100 were Europe-centric. Over 70 per cent of the world premiers were by suppliers. Over the nine days of the show, a whopping 2.45 lakh people visited it.

Iveco Z

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Perhaps the most exciting debut at the IAA show was the Iveco Z truck. A true reflection of a greener tomorrow, Iveco like others is also relying on on advanced diesel drivelines and gas engines in a bid to reduce the carbon footprint,fuel consumption and the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) associated with road transport. The Z, holding over 29 patents, is a zero impact concept long-haulage truck. With improved combustion and reduced friction, the Z uses an ultra low viscosity oil. A bio methane LNG powertrain propels the Z truck. Rated power is 460 hp and peak torque is 2,000 Nm. Transmission is a 16-speed auto unit with powershift in upper gears. Delivering zero CO2 emissions, the Z truck has been developed closely in association with Petronas for low viscosity oils and Michelin for tyres featuring RFID tags and pressure monitoring system senors. The LNG tank optimises space even as the extreme geometry changes on the tractor reduce the drag co-efficient by over 30 per cent. The on-board Rankie Cycle system uses exhaust gases as a heat source to recover energy. Fully loaded with active and preventive safety technologies that facilitate automated driving, the Z truck also gets a driver-centric cab design that can be reconfigured according to various activities in a day to maximise driver’s productivity and comfort.

Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck and Fuso eCanter

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Mercedes-Benz is pursuing the reduction in fuel consumption with the latest generation of OM 471 six-in-line 12.8 litre diesel engine and, for the next decade, is relying on pure electric trucks. Premiering at the show, the Mercedes-Benz all-electric Urban eTruck claims to match the performance of a diesel engine. It’s a different approach compared to the last few years when Daimler seemed interested in developing a hybrid driveline (diesel engine coupled with an electric motor) for medium duty distribution trucks (Atego Hybrid) instead. The 26-tonne GVW triple axle Urban eTruck is powered by a 212 kWh Lithium-ion modular battery pack developed by Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH. A zero emission vehicle, the truck can cover up to 200 km on one charge, which is ample for a heavy-duty short radius distribution sector. The electrically powered rear axle of the Urban eTruck is coupled with electric motors placed adjacent to wheel hubs. Their maximum output is 2×125 kWh, and they generate a torque of 2×500 Nm. Operating in three different modes, ‘auto’, ‘agile’ and ‘eco’ according to the target range, and to optimise the use of energy, the eTruck features predictive powertrain control, cruise control, predictive charge management and FleetBoard telematics for extended application reach. These features also help to complete the planned haulage without deploying extra fleet. The central display shows a wide range of information to the driver. The driver is also provided with a tab to regularly update himself with detailing on the range and the battery status.

The Fuso eCanter that premiered at Hannover is equipped with water-cooled lithium ion battery pack. The pack has five units, two on each side of the frame and one centrally located in the frame right behind the cab for weight balancing. With a 70kWh capacity, the eCanter can cover a range of 100 km in one juice. The battery is fully adaptable with two charging options using a standard Combo 2 plug. Up to 80 per cent battery charge up can be achieved in less than an hour at a quick charging station and 100 per cent charge in up to seven hours on AC current. The synchronous electric motor of eCanter has an output of 185 kWh and a torque of 380 Nm. Power transfer to the rear axle of eCanter is managed by single speed transmission.

Volvo FH facelift

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Volvo Trucks unveiled an optimised version of the Volvo FH. It also unveiled the Volvo FH ‘Performance’ model. The Volvo FH will now be available with an improved Euro VI compliant D13 engine coupled to Volvo’s I-Shift transmission. Featuring improved aerodynamics for an improvement in fuel economy of up to three per cent, the Volvo FH will have its 420 hp and 460 hp variants come with a high pressure common-rail injector to support a higher compression ratio. This is in part to the introduction of a new turbocharger on the 500 hp FH and the 520 hp FH. The special edition, Volvo FH ‘Performance’ truck is a 4×2 tractor with D13 engine that generates 540 hp, and is coupled to an I-shift dual AMT transmission. The tractor also comes equipped with Volvo Dynamic Steering and independent front suspension to offer superior comfort for long haul drivers. Celebrating a decade and a half long journey of riding with its much acclaimed I-shift technology, the company claims that a whopping 92 per cent of its trucks sold in the world are equipped with I-shift technology. In case of its European range, this figures elevates itself further, to 95 per cent. The Swedish giant has recently introduced the I-shift transmission with crawler gears, which offer better start to trucks with heavy loads even in severe situations. “For heavy operations such as timber haulage, the savings may be even higher if the engine is combined with I-Shift transmission having Crawler Gears, and Tandem Axle Lift,” said Claes Nilsson, President, Volvo Trucks. A faster rear axle enables the truck to move at higher average speeds at lower engine revs.

Scania showcases the new S and R

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Post the unveiling of the new S and R series at Paris last month, Scania got them to Hannover so that the visitors at the show got an opportunity to see them. The flagship S series heavy-duty tractor, which won the International Truck Of the Years award, was one of the four Scanias showcased at the IAA fair as part of the next generation range. The new truck range, between the S and the R series, gets in-house designed cabs and more efficient powertrains. The new cabs are designed to offer utmost comfort to the occupants, and offer a plethora of features including a flat floor, increased ceiling height, ergonomically designed four entry steps and improvised sitting dimensions of 65 cm. Available with side curtain airbags as an option, the beauty of the new generation Scania trucks is the car-like drive they offer. The seating optimisation was carried out by pushing the windshield forward. The shift to the side resulted in optimised road vision. A total of 24 variants are available between the S and the R series. Apart from features like curtain airbags, the trucks also offer customised climate control system. The new, 13-litre 500 hp, inline Euro VI engine that is one of the many powertrains that the new generation truck range will be powered with, a three per cent fuel saving is attributed to a change in engine technology. Two per cent fuel saving is through superior aerodynamics. The truck range also features a new layshaft brake system that cuts gear change time by 0.4 seconds, and improves overall efficiency and performance. The Citywide LE bus that Scania displayed is a hybrid version of Citywide LE bus, gas engine backed Interlink HD and standard Scania Interlink HD bus. Scania announced the Flexible Maintenance Plans for its trucks at the show..

MAN TGE transporter

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MAN unveiled the TGE transporter at the show. The truck offers a payload capacity of up to 1.5-tonne. The GVW ranges between 3- and 5.5-tonne. TGE gets a completely new two-litre turbo-diesel engine with the option of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Features of the TGE include Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), which uses digital sensors to shed speed automatically. The Munich-based manufacturer also presented the optimised versions of D26 and D38 engines. Designed to offer more torque, both the engines feature a reactive catalyst material for SCR system that enables combustion and exhaust gas treatment, which is optimised for reduced fuel consumption. MAN also showcased an electric tractor (eTruck), designed for inner-city night deliveries. MAN additionally spoke about the RIO platform at Hannover. This is an open platform that undertakes big data algorithms to offer improvements in logistic and transportation ecosystem. Fleet owners, even those that have a mixed fleet, will be able to use the common platform regardless of the telematics system or even the vehicle brand. Every information collected from the vehicle regardless of its type combines with the traffic data, weather condition, and navigation data to offer recommendations in real time.

Next generation CVs from GAZ

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Russian CV giant GAZ showcased a slew of new generation trucks and buses at the IAA show. These included 3.5-tonne GVW dropside trucks and vans, 8.7-tonne GVW medium-duty trucks, 13 to 34-tonne GVW heavy-duty trucks with 4×4, 6×6, 8×8 application apart fro the small, medium and large class mini buses, inter-city and tourist coaches. Designed to handle extreme road conditions, and ensure stability under maximum load and climate conditions, the range at the show that GAZ showed was versatile to say the least. The GAZelle Next, for example, is a frame-based dropside 5.5-tonne LCV powered by a Cummins ISF 2.8-litre diesel engine and a steering by ZF. The shock absorbers are Mando, and the adjustable steering column is of CSA Castellon. The GAZelle Next also features Sach clutch for better performance; an Eaton rear axle lock that significantly improves traction on dirty and slippery roads, and a dual circuit brake system that has front disc brake and enlarged pads. GAZ’s 8.7-tonne GVW medium-duty truck GAZon Next is designed for urban and inter-city routes. It is powered by YMZ-534 diesel engine that puts out 150 hp, and is well equipped with ZF steering and clutches, Tenneco shock absorbers and Delphi climatic systems. For driver comfort, the cabin comes equipped with anatomic driver seat with air suspension and five-way adjustment and lumbar support. Specially developed for tipper application, the Ural Next tipper is equipped with YMZ 536 engine that puts out 312 hp, and has a hydraulic tipping gear for a payload capacity of 10-tonne and a load volume of 10.5 cu m. The full time all-wheel drive is supported by adjustable-pressure tyres, locking axle differential in transfer box and wheel differentials of intermediate and rear axles. The Ural Next tipper is capable for over 400 modifications for a variety of applications including boom trucks, fuel tenders, fire engines and truck-based buses.

Renault showcases the High Edition

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Renault Trucks displayed nine trucks at the IAA show, aimed at long hauls, construction and distribution segments. Renault also display its well acknowledged rally trucks. The highlight was a High Edition series in its T-High range. A version was displayed in the cut-away form so that the show goers could have a close look at the ergonomy, design and interiors of the vehicle. Renault Magnum’s successor, the T-High range is powered by a 13.0-litre common-rail engine that churns out 520 hp of power. Renault has added a flat-floor in its T-High range for stress free long haul journey. Features of the T-High range include leather steering wheel, arm rests, different lights for passageways and night driving, leather upholstery, and more. Other features include Fuel Eco+ pack for optimised consumption, roof mounted and side opening deflectors for better aerodynamics, adaptive cruise control, xenon highlights, additional indicator lights and GPS. The elegant black paintwork, aluminium wheels and carbon-look trim of the T-High truck at the show were appreciated by the show goers.

DAF Connect

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At the show, DAF introduced the DAF Connect, a fleet management system. Enabling fleet optimisation, DAF Connect, apart from enhancing logistics efficiency, helps to focus upon driver performance for reduced cost of efficiency. The Live Fleet View feature brings necessary information that can enable optimal route planning and time scheduling. Operators can get self-defined alerts regarding deviations in location, speed, route and fuel consumption. To be made available from the fourth quarter of 2016, DAF Connect will also allow customers to take advantage of DAF’s tailor-made services that allow transporters to chalk out repair and maintenance plans for their fleet upkeep. Announced Richard Zink, Director Sales and Marketing, DAF Trucks, that they are tying up with independent fleet management information suppliers to make the system an open platform. DAF showcased its innovation truck that illustrates next generation technologies including hybrid and electric. The company also spoke about its work in waste heat recovery, and connected and collaborative driving. Displayed at the DAF stall were optimised versions of the PACCAR 4.5-litre PX-5 and 6.7-litre PX7 engine that have been introduced in the DAF LF and CF series distribution trucks. The four-cylinders in-line turbocharged PX-5 inter-cooled diesel engine generates 210 hp and 850 Nm torque at 1,200-1,500 rpm. The six-cylinder in-line turbocharged inter-cooled PX-7 diesel engine puts out 325 hp, and a peak torque of 1,200 Nm at 1,100-1,700 rpm..

WABCO launches OnGuardMax

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Elevating safety, efficiency and connectivity, Wabco Holdings Inc., launched OnGuardMAX, an advanced emergency braking system (AEBS) for buses and trucks. Aimed at further enhancing automated driving, the system is equipped with a high resolution camera, and supported in turn by a 77 GHz radar. Capable of performing even in low visibility conditions, the AEBS alerts the driver with visual, acoustic and haptic warnings. It applies full brakes (even on highway) when it notices moving or stationary vehicles ahead in case the driver does not respond to the warnings. Derived out of Wabco’s OnGuard collision mitigation system, OnGuardMAX is also equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop ‘n’ Go functionality to attain pre-set speed and maintain safe distance from the vehicle around. Wabco also unveiled OnHand, a stand-alone electro-pneumatic parking brake control for trucks and buses. With only three internal valves and reduced pneumatic piping over conventional parking brake controls, it increases flexibility of installation. Enabling back-up braking in the case of electrical service-brake failure, OnHand allows related options, Advanced Hill Start aid for inclined roads, and Anti-Lock Braking System for secondary braking. Reiterating its commitment to save pedestrians and cyclists in city traffic, Wabco displayed its OnCity Urban Turning Assist system, a single sensor system based on LiDAR technology. OnCity Urban Turning Assist system can detect nearby objects in the view of up to 180 degrees, and especially those that are located in vehicle blindside. The system sends out acoustic alerts for the driver to protect anything that comes dangerously close to the truck, either before or during a turn.

ZF Innovation truck 2016

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ZF showcased the Innovation Truck 2016 equipped with driving assist systems. The truck is engineered with the world’s first brake assist and related emergency steering controls for heavy commercial vehicles. The Innovation Truck 2016 networks Highway Driving Assist (HDA) system and Evasive Maneuver Assist (EMA) system. The former makes sure the vehicle stays on road and avoid consequences resulting from distractions or lack of attention. The latter detects if the driver has applied brakes. In case a collision is unavoidable, MEA takes over both the tractor and trailer towards a hard shoulder or free lane riding steering motion of the driver. It is also equipped with SafeRange manoeuvring system that can boost vehicle’s efficiency at terminals. Post the acquisition of TRW in 2015, ZF has stepped up its range of mechatronic systems significantly. In August 2016, ZF acquired a 40 per cent stake in Ibeo, a German sensor expert which leads in the development of LIDAR systems for vehicle safety. At the show, ZF announced that it will be setting up a technical centre at Hyderabad with an investment of up to USD 34 million. The centre will develop advanced software and electronics, and is expected to house 2,500 engineers by the year 2020.

Tailormade solutions from BorgWarner

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An updated portfolio for commercial diesel engines at the show for both heavy duty and light duty applications was presented by BorgWarner. The company presented new exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) modules that integrates EGR cooler, EGR valve and bypass valve into a single system that optimises exhaust gas recirculation and enhances efficiency. Offering tailor made solutions for various powertrain applications like low pressure and high-pressure EGR systems, BorgWarner showcased a system where the EGR cooler is built with corrosion resistant stainless steel hybrid or corrugated tubes, and optimises heat transfer. The EGR valves and actuator technologies offer high flow capability and minimise corrosion. The controlled coolant pump that BorgWarner displayed at Hannover reduces parasitic losses which optimises engine temperature and improves fuel economy by one and a half per cent when compared with a standard coolant pump. It also boasts electronic viscous drive and high modulation capabilities including performing optimally regardless of engine speed for better economy.

Allison aims at fuel efficiency

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US-based transmission maker for medium to heavy-duty commercial vehicles, Allison displayed xFE technology and FuelSense with the promise of improving fuel economy in commercial vehicles. The xFE technology is claimed to save up to seven per cent fuel in city and transit buses where constant shifting of speed is involved. The software and electronically controlled FuelSense can reduce fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent for increased efficiency. Riding its patented Continuous Power Technology, Allison uses a torque converter that delivers full power shifts and better acceleration. Using automatic transmission, Allison promises minimise power loss that happens in manual or Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), and deliver better control over a vehicle.

JOST extends its portfolio

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JOST displayed trailer axles developed under the JOST brand in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz. It signalled JOST’s acquisition of Mercedes-Benz Trailer Systems, which would make it one of the largest trailer axle manufacturers in Europe. Specially developed for silo trucks and tankers, the JSK 34 sensor coupling version of ultralight JSK 34 fifth wheel coupling premiered at the show. The comprehensive range of JOST products on display at the IAA CV show included a range of landing gears, including the Modul E-Drive landing gear, which has been developed especially for applications where frequent coupling and decoupling of trailer is involved. The gear reduces height difference between trailer and axles using pneumatic suspension of the vehicle and is operable with a button.

Modular lamp series for CVs by Hella

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Hella showcased the modular lamp series for commercial vehicles. It is called the Shapeline series, and includes tail lights, brake lights, position lights and direction indicators in two different design lines, classic straight line style and dynamic curved style. Multi-volt ready (12-volt and 24-volt), the modular lamp series is supported by an online configurator, which allows designers and engineers to select different lighting modules for their CVs. The design can be handed to Hella for further development. The configurator accepts current European ECR R48 regulations or American SAE regulations.

Continental

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Continental unveiled ‘ContiConnect’, a tyre information and management system that not only monitors, but also analyses and reports tyre pressure and temperature with its ContiPressureCheck Sensors. If needed, the online portal can also offer corrective measures to the fleet, and will be launched in the second quarter of 2017 in the key Asia-Pacific markets, America markets and Europe markets.

Cummins

Leading engine manufacturer Cummins displayed its heavy duty X12 (12-litre) and X15 (15-litre) engines at Hannover. These engines are designed to meet 2017 EPA-GHG regulations in North American markets, and are Euro VI compliant for worldwide regulations. The company also premiered the G series platform in the form of an in-line six-cylinder 11- and 12-litre engine. The G series engines meet stringent Euro emission regulations. The ISG12 engine does 500 hp and 2300 rpm of peak torque.Demonstrating its prowess, Cummins also displayed new engine component technologies like the mid-range fuel system and CompactBox after-treatment solution.

Bridgestone

Bridgestone demonstrated its innovative Tirematics tyre monitoring system at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2016 show. Tirematics encompasses all of Bridgestone’s connected tyre solutions; essentially IT systems that use sensors to remotely monitor, transmit and analyse real-time information, such as the pressure and temperature of commercial truck and bus tyres. The Tirematics fleet solution provides added value to fleet operators by taking a proactive approach to tyre maintenance, before serious problems arise. It also helps to reduce vehicle downtime and roadside breakdowns, while optimising tyre life and fuel economy. “Bridgestone’s Tirematics is a practical, cost effective fleet oriented solution with great impact on tyre performance, fuel economy and breakdown prevention” said Neil Purves, Senior Manager Solution Business Systems, Bridgestone Europe.

Delphi next-gen modular CR system for CVs

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At the IAA show at, Delphi unveiled an ultra-high precision, modular fuel injection system that builds on the company’s proven Euro VI common rail technology. Promising substantial improvement in emissions, fuel economy and refinement while maintaining exceptional reliability, at the heart of the system is a ground-breaking injector that provides the control unit with real-time information on the operation of the injector. The system has no additional wires and requires no extra interfaces or packaging space. Data from the injector allows the implementation of closed loop control that continuously monitors and optimises injection events to compensate for changing conditions, including wear as the vehicle ages. The closed-loop system eliminates injector calibration to accommodate drift over use. Smaller injection events can be specified while the system eliminates the need to scan the injector characterisation code when an injector is fitted. Capable of covering both heavy duty and medium duty engines, the modular system allows applications from 0.7 litres per cylinder up to 3.0 litres per cylinder and beyond. Particular attention has been paid to materials selection and validation across all known global fuel specifications, allowing application worldwide.

Future tech from Bosch

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Bosch displayed large displays and touchscreens that find use in truck for functions like priority warnings. The innovative neoSense touchscreen gives users haptic feedback, and the touchscreen buttons feel real so the drivers can operate them without looking. Simple operation, intuitive menu navigation and less distraction are the benefits. The displays and screen can be integrated with smartphones. The camera-based solution from Bosch at IAA show completely replaces OVRMs. Called the Mirror Cam System, the solution reduces wind resistance and saves fuel. The video sensors can be integrated into the driver’s cab; on the highway the driver can see further behind the vehicle. The connectivity control unit (CCU) is a central connectivity solution for CVs, and communicates via a wireless module equipped with its own SIM card and can determine the vehicle’s position using GPS if desired. CCU is available both as OE and as a retrofit solution. The electronic horizon portfolio that Bosch is expanding, includes real-time data. It allows the engine and transmission management to take construction areas, traffic jams, or even icy patches into account and automatically adjust the vehicle’s speed in advance can further reduce fuel consumption, thereby increasing efficiency. Bosch also displayed app.-based secure truck parking, infotainment system for buses and eyes (camera) and ears (radar sensors) for assisted and automated driving.

Hendrickson focuses on lightweighting and comfort

Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems launched a rear-air suspension in a 9.5-tonne to 13-tonne single axle configuration, and 19-tonne to 21-tonne Tandem axle configuration. It is light in weight, durable and comfortable for highway applications. Claimed to facilitate weight savings of up to 50 per cent over a steel monoleaf spring, the use of an advanced composite spring material is claimed to facilitate fatigue durability. Luxair, a premium drive axle air suspension caters to the rapidly changing bus market. It utilises high volume air springs, and is claimed to deliver passenger comfort, superior handling, and less road-induced shock loads. The Softek NXT displayed, is a monoleaf suspension and steer axle system which caters to heavy-duty truck applications. Its lightweight design (5.4-5.7 tonne) is said to facilitate better fuel economy and payload capacity. The Steertek NXT is a fabricated front steer axle available in the range of seven- to 11 tonne. It is light-weight and durable. It makes a good alternative to the forged I-beam axle and saves 18 kg in comparison.

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With inputs from Gianenrico Griffini

Manatec goes to Frankfurt

At Automechanika Frankfurt, Germany, Manatec displayed its range of products.

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The quest for growth took Pondicherry-based Manatec to Automechanika Frankfurt, Germany. Established in 1987, the company, specialising in the design and manufacture of garage equipments like wheel aligners, wheel balancers, two post lifts, gas analysers, smoke meters, and headlamp aligners among others, displayed its product range at the premier auto industry fair. In an effort to draw attention to its technical competence, the company launched the 3D wheel aligner for multi-axle trucks. The product, called the Jumbo 3D Super, is claimed to be the world’s first aligner that can perform run out compensation of up to five axles simultanously. Confident that such products will help it to differentiate itself from the competition, the Jumbo 3D Super, according to Manatec sources, is capable of aligning up to five axles in a single roll of the vehicle, increasing productivity and profitability of the enterprise that performs the wheel alignment.

Manatec also introduced an in-lift 3D wheel aligner at Frankfurt. Another world first according to Manatec sources, the in-lift 3D wheel aligner works such that it uses two cameras to mesaure the alignment angles. Branded as Genie 3D, it comes built in with an alignment lift and the smallest front target plates. Claimed to eliminate the requirement of minimum distance between cameras to targets, the aligner can be installed in the least available space. It was engineered to save on both, cost as well as space, cite Manatec sources. They add that the company has applied for patents for both the products.

Through the development and manufacture of innovative products like the Jumbo 3D Super and Genie 3D, Manatec is keen to highlight its technological competence. Keen to work closely with Original Equipment Manufactures (OEMs), Manatec is particularly proud of its competence in design and software. These two, claim Manatec sources, is enabling the company to produce superior quality products. They add that the products that their company makes are supperior to what are found to originate out of China, and at times, even Europe.

Truck, Trailer & Tyre Expo 2016 at Coimbatore

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The Truck, Trailer & Tyre Expo 2016 at Coimbatore showcased innovative products

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Organised by Bangalore-based Media Day Marketing, the Truck, Trailer & Tyre Expo 2016 at Coimbatore showcased a wide range of automatic load closing mechanism and struggle-free tyre removal and replacement solutions. The fair, held from August 06 to August 08, 2016, at the Codissia Trade Fair Complex, attracted a good number of visitors from in and around the region. Supported by 25 associations including the Ministry of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping (Government of India), Indo China Promotion Council (ICPC), Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Madurai (TNCCI), Tamil Chamber of Commerce, and other organisations including many federations and associations of trucks, trailers, tyres and petroleum products, the fair contained 70 stalls. Seven out of the seventy exhibitors which participated were joint ventures with companies from the USA, Germany, Japan, China and Turkey, In his inaugural speech, the president of Coimbatore Lorry Owner’s Association K S Kaliaperumal expressed that manpower shortage was one of the major issues faced by truckers. “The products displayed here will be useful to the drivers and fleet operators,” he said.

Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles displayed its Pro Series range of trucks at the show. Notable was the Pro 8000 Series truck among the range that was displayed at the fair. Ashok Leyland displayed the Captain range of trucks. Among the tier suppliers that participated in the show were Kalyani Maxion and Wabco. Kalyani Maxion displayed its range of wheels whereas Wabco displayed its range of braking system components and solutions. Aftermarket suppliers like Luthra Industrial Corporation and Mansons Rubber displayed their products. ATS Elgi showcased a wide range of garage equipment it has developed for CVs. The CV tyre industry was reprsented by Apollo Tyres and Michelin. Both displayed the range of CV tyres they offer. Notable other participants included ICAT and Faro among others. Claimed Rambhau Soundalkar, Director, Media Day Marketing, that the exhibition is the first of its kind where truck, trailer, tyre and components manufacturers came together and shared a common platform. “The Indian commercial vehicle industry is witnessing sizeable investments by OEMs towards upgrading their products, and introducing new models,” opined Soundalkar. “While manufacturers are expanding their manufacturing capacities,” added Soundalkar, “lorry owners and other industry stakeholders will get an insight into the new developments that are taking place in their field.” He also stressed upon the need to understand the utility value of CVs fully. Drawing attention to influential commercial vehicle associations in Namakkal, Salem, Tiruchengode, Sankari, Erode and Coimbatore, Soundalkar expressed that the ttruck, tyre and trailer industry has emerged and is continuing to evolve.

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Attracting visitors from CV intensive regions of Coimbatore, which is known for its industrialisation, apart from people from nearby cities like Salem and Nammakal, the Truck, Trailer & Tyre Expo 2016 provided a good business opportunity for many. The fair provided a good place to seek as well as exchange information pertaining to CV industry. The expo also reflected on tha fact that the state, Tamil Nadu, has a sizeable population of auto ancillaries and auto companies. Tamil Nadu is home to Cv majors Ashok Leyland and Daimler India Commercial Vehicles. It is also home to tier suppliers like Wabco, TVS Group, Simpsons & Co., and various others. Apart from attracting visitors from other South Asian countries according to the organisers, the expo attracted a good number of associations, federations and government bodies from various states. Said Soundalkar, that the event would help to bridge the gap between manufacturers, buyers, sellers, other equipment manufacturers, service providers and allied sectors. “We have succeeded in bringing them under one roof to explore the truck, trailer and tyre market in India. It will provide new opportunities to tap into the growing business potential of the CV industry in India,” he added. Drawing attention to the changes and challenges the CV industry should face, averred an industry expert at the event, “Such fairs provide the opportunity to regional players to come under one roof and highlight their business activities in an effort to grow. “Transport by road continues to be an important mode. The road transport industry is gaining ground by a string of strategic actions. India is the 4th largest commercial vehicle market in the world. In the past five years, the output of CVs has grown three times. Each year there is an increase of 20 per cent. The CV market in India is expected to double to 1.6 million units in the next five years. It is due to the increase in infrastructure spend, rapid urbanisation and entry of major multinational players in the country, that the CV industry will clock good growth,” he added.

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Held at Coimbatore, which is home to automotive workshop equipment specialists like Elgi and auto components manufacturers like Pricol and Roots, the fair provided exhibitors with a quality trading platform.

SETA 2016 looks at greener transportation in ASEAN region

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At the ‘Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia (SETA) 2016’ international exhibition held at Thailand, alternate fuels, efficiency policies, sustainable low carbon transport, viability of electrical system in the transport sector were delved upon.

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At the ‘Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia (SETA) 2016’ international exhibition held at Bangkok, Thailand, recently, alternative fuels, their efficiency policies, sustainable low carbon transport, viability of electrical system in the transport sector – in the ASEAN region especially, were delved upon. With the theme of securing Asia’s energy future, the Ministry of Energy of Thailand and Nuclear Society of Thailand jointly organised the three day international exhibition and conference to encourage economic integration and scale up investments through favourable policies in the ASEAN region. Held at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Thailand, the event drew delegates from the government, transport sector and energy companies. The delegates discussed on ways to reduce CO2 emissions and deliver more efficient and sustainable transport in the future. Closely supported by the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Science and Technology, Thailand, the event, managed by GAT International Ltd., was hosted over an exhibition space of over 5000 sq. ft.

Witnessing footfall of over 5000 visitors from 35 countries including Asia, Europe and US, the event focused upon energy requirement. Discussion revolved around the subject of demand in the ASEAN region, which includes India and China. Energy requirement in the Asean region is the fastest in world. Apart from the display of various state-of-the-art technologies and innovations, the event provided a platform for country-specific platforms dedicated to India, Japan and UK. Over a hundred topics were discussed at the event. Most of them were on alternate fuels and their efficiency; on policies pertaining to greener fuels; on sustainable low carbon transport, and the viability of an electrical system in the transport sector. Two panel discussions took place. They addressed topics like how the ASEAN region can deal with climate change based on the Paris agreement and economic integration. Parallel to it, eminent Indian speakers also joined in to share their insights. They also celebrated India Energy Day at the event.

‘Make in India’ at the heart of Defexpo India 2016

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Display of special vehicles from commercial vehicle manufacturers at the Defexpo 2016, Goa, spoke about ‘Make in India’.

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The highlight of the Defence Expo 2016 held at Goa between March 28 and March 31, 2016, was the stress to ‘Make in India’. The exhibition, also called as Defexpo India 2016, marked the ninth in the series of biennial land, naval and internal homeland security systems exhibition organised by Defence Exhibition Organisation under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India. An important development at the fair was the unveiling of the new Defence Procurement Procedure 2016 (DPP 2016). The DPP 2016 highlighted the Make I and Make II category of projects. The Make I projects would be funded by the Government whereas the later would be funded by the industry. It is structured to provide the necessary leverage to make adequate investments, build the required capabilities, and match up to the contemporary and futuristic requirements of the Indian armed forces.

Stating that Indian companies have started believing in defence production, defence minister Manohar Parrikar, mentioned that projects under the Make I sub category will get government funding of 90 per cent, released in a phased manner, and based on the progress of the scheme, as per terms agreed between Ministry of Defence and the vendor. Projects under Make II sub category, claimed sources aware of the new development, will involve prototype development of equipment or system or platform or their upgrades; their sub-systems or sub-assembly or assemblies (components) with a focus on import substitution, for which no government funding will be provided for prototype development purposes. Providing impetus on defence sector among the 25 sectors of industry, the ‘Make in India’ initiative was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2014. Expected to hike the contribution of the manufacturing sector to 25 per cent of the gross domestic product or GDP, the provision of ‘Make’ category of capital acquisition is a key pillar for realising the vision behind the initiative. Over 1000 arms vendors made it to the fair.

Bharat Forge and AM General team up for light specialist vehicle program

World renowned auto components manufacturer, Bharat Forge announced a tie-up with AM General, the maker of HMMWV, which is also known as Hummer or Hummvee, to ‘build in India’ a Light Specialist Vehicle (LSV). The program will see the two partners bank upon AM General’s battle-tested HMMWV as the LSV platform. To be made in India, the LSV is aimed at the Indian Army. The Indian Army, according to Bharat Forge sources, has stipulated in its information request that the LSV needs to be capable of performing reconnaissance and patrol roles for all arms, provide space and cross mobility in all terrains (including high altitude and deserts) to small parties and teams (approximately six), and operate independently in the battle field. “The teaming up with world-renowned light tactical vehicle provider AM General will lead to the provision of a cost effective and best-in-class mobility solutions for Indian armed forces,” said Baba N. Kalyani, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Forge. “We look forward to deliver combat-proven mobility solutions to customers in India,” announced AM General President and CEO Andy Hove.

Four products from Ashok Leyland

Ashok Leyland announced the premiere of an advanced truck driving simulator for the all-terrain Stallion 4×4 truck, Field Artillery Tractor (FAT) 6×6 on the Super Stallion, Rhino 4×4 contemporary logistics vehicle and an ambulance 4×4 for enhanced medical support. Specifically designed for tough operating environments, and offerring the latest technology by extending a legacy of manufacturing innovative and world-class logistics equipment according to Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland Ltd., the truck driving simulator for Stallion 4×4 has been built to simulate challenging terrain like snow covered roads and undulating sand dunes. Co-developed with SAAB, it would help to reduce training costs and provide situational training in a secure environment by simulating all types of terrain and weather conditions in India on a full scale replica of the driver’s compartment. A self-learning package renders a detailed review of individual training sessions to improve driving proficiency. Multiple simulators can be integrated for group movement training like moving in a convoy.

FAT 6×6 on Super Stallion platform has been designed and developed to function as a Common Gun Tower for all artillery guns. Engineered to provide unprecedented flexibility in rapid deployment, and utilisation of artillery resources, an order of over 450 vehicles have been bagged by Ashok Leyland from the Indian Army. The Rhino 4×4 is a contemporary logistics vehicle that offers greater crew comfort and easy drivability. It comes with automatic transmission, a higher power to weight ratio and gradeability, increased payload, ground clearance and step climbing capability, ABS, CTIS, reduced turning circle diameter, provision for HVAC, and many more exciting features. The Ambulance 4×4 is air-conditioned and built to provide enhanced medical support in the immediate hours of sustaining injuries. Having a double walled insulated body to maintain inside temperature, the ambulance is equipped with rear air suspension. Fitted with equipment that meets advanced life support standards, 825 numbers of such ambulances (in 4×2 configurations as well) will be supplied to the Indian Army. Ashok Leyland has announced that they have secured orders worth Rs. 800 crore in the supply of defence vehicles.

Tata Motors and JLR make a mark

Having supplied over 100,000 vehicles to the Indian military and paramilitary forces in the logistics segment, Tata Motors displayed a LSV among a host of other offerings including an armoured amphibious FICV, Kestrel. Highlighting the fact that his company has tied up with many foreign technology providers, Tata Motors defence business head, VS Noronha, mentioned that anti-tank and missiles would be installed on the Kestrel. Hinting at the light armoured multi-role vehicle playing a crucial role in-line with the requirement of the armed forces, Noronha stated that the LSV would be a part of the whole line up of programs in the land systems arena for the Indian Army. Of interest were a 6×6 high mobility vehicle and a new generation 2.5-tonne model apart from mine protected vehicles. Group company Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) marked a presence. It offerred the light 4×4 Land Rover Defender series vehicle that is designed to meet a wide range of defence, reconnaissance, refugee protection and peacekeeping roles. According to the company, all Land Rover defence vehicles are designed to meet the needs of the modern army, with optimal external dimensions, high payload to weight ratios, special fixings and quick strip down. On the sidelines of Defexpo 2016, Tata Motors signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra Ex-Servicemen Corporation Ltd (MESCO) for the creation of employment opportunities for ex-service men of Indian Army. This is in response to Tata Motors’ solution for the Indian Ministry of Defences’ (MoD) prestigious USD 10 billion combat vehicle programme.

All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) from Polaris Defence

Featuring live demonstration of armoured vehicles and military systems besides operations by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Polaris Defence showcased the Dagor (Deployable Advance Ground Off-Road) and MRZR 4 in India for the first time. The company also showcased its civilian business arm’s six-wheeled off-roader, Sportsman Big Boss 6X6 and Ranger 6X6 800. Ergonomically designed with unbeatable combat efficiency, the Dagor was developed under a contract from elements of the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and international Special Operations Forces (SOF) customers, and has first-rate off-road capability in extreme terrain at full payload. Its design allows for ease of operation, maintenance and sustained support during combat operations. The vehicle uses a readily available Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) driveline, controls and components. This helps to streamline mechanic and operator training. Claimed to provide its operator instant preparedness for missions even in the most extreme terrain, the MRZR 4 is highly mobile and configurable for a variety of applications. Air transportable, it has been combat-proven and purchased by the US and allied forces. Both Dagor and MRZR 4 are already in use by SOCOM, SOF and Allied Special Forces.

Of the 1055 companies that partcipated in Defexpo 2016, an estimated 52 per cent were domestic exhibitors. The number of domestic exhibitors has more than doubled since the 2014 fair, which had 256 domestic participants and 368 foreign participants. The list of domestic participants included many commercial vehicle manufacturers and suppliers like Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland, Bharat Earth Movers, Bharat Forge, Defence Research Developmental Organization (DRDO) and Mahindra. Among foerign participants, there were 91 from the US, 71 from Russia, 46 from UK, and 38 from France and Germany. The fair focused on the latest developments and products in land, maritime and domestic security systems.