Tata Motors unveils the Ultra light trucks at Futuroad Expo 2017


Tata Motors, unveiled the Ultra range of light trucks at Futuroad Expo, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Three new models from Ultra range were showcased including Ultra 814 (4.5-tonne), Ultra 1014 (5.5-tonne), and Ultra 1418 (7.5-tonne). Said to be designed and tested for South African conditions, its key benefits include ultra versatility with multiple wheelbase and payload options. It is powered by a 140 PS common rail engine mated to a new generation six-speed over drive transmission. Additionally, the Ultra boasts of extra space, ergonomic seating, best-in-class NVH levels and standard HVAC in a bid to ensure higher driver productivity. That apart the Ultra also features class leading features such as industry widest cabin, claimed to be a versatile platform for wider and longer bodies. The Ultra is made available in three wheelbase options & payloads ranging from three to eight-tonne. According to Rudrarup Maitra, Vice President, Commercial Vehicles, International Business, Tata Motors said, “The Tata Ultra range is a result of extensive feedback from customers in the South African market and we are proud to introduce this pioneering range of trucks here in South Africa.” “The Tata Ultra 814 is the first variant to be launched in South Africa and we are looking forward to launching the Ultra 1014 and the AMT versions of both models in the New Year,”he added. The Ultra range will be assembled locally at the Tata Motors South Africa (TMSA) plant situated at Rosslyn, Pretoria. Alongside Tata Ultra, Tata Motors additionally showcased the Prima 3338.K 8×4 Tipper, Super Ace Mint, the Xenon X2 Automatic and the Prima T1 Racing Truck.

COMTRANS aims at yet another successful edition


To be held at Moscow, Russia, between September 04, 2017, and September 09, 2017, the COMTRANS CV show is aiming at yet another round of success. The biennial event, supported by the Ministry of Trade and Industries of Russian Federation and the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Volkswagen, Scania, MAN, Volvo, Renault, Mercedes-Benz, Ford Sollers, Isuzu, Hyundai, Hino. DAF, JAC, Foton, FAW, Yutong. Jost, Lohr, CIMC Trailer, Weilton, Koluman, ZF, Wabco, Binotto, Hyva, Knorr-Bremse, Krone, SAF-Holland, Thermo King, BPW-OST, Fuwa, BorgWarner, and many others showcase their achievement. Spread over 40,000 sq. m. area, the fair, also supported by the Association of European Businesses (AEB), will include many premiers and innovations from CV majors. To highlight trucks, vans, buses, trailers, all-terrain vehicles, components, lubes, tyres, tools and workshop equipment, leasing and insurance services among others, COMTRANS 2017, will conduct business programmes and host the 17th annual award ceremony of the “Best Commercial Vehicle of the Year in Russia”. Also awarded will be the Truck of the year, Van of the year, Bus of the year, Prospect of the year, and a Special award. For the first time, the awards will include two new categories – Trailer of the year and Person of the year. Attracting 214 companies from 13 countries, the CV fair, included in the official calendar of automotive transport exhibitions of the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), will have the CEOs of manufacturer-companies, representatives from professional associations (OICA, OAR, RAS, Russian Engineering Union, IRU) together with the governmental authorities (Ministry of Trade and Industries, Ministry of Transport, the Committee of Transport of the State Duma of the Russian Federation) participate in the business summit (business programmes) held September 05 and September 06, 2017.

SIAM gears up for its 57th Annual Convention

Society of Indian Automobile manufactures (SIAM) is all set to organise the 57th Annual Convention, which will be held on 7th September, 2017 at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi. The theme of this year’s convention is ‘Building the Nation, Responsibly’. The sessions of the programme are ‘Designed & Engineered in India’; ‘Regulatory Policies: Analysis of Impact’; ‘Transforming Mobility’ & ‘Think Global, Act Local or Think Local, Act Global’.

The much-awaited event of the automobile industry will see leaders from government, industry, thought leaders, automotive experts and other stake holders coming together to address some of the important & ongoing issues, and discuss developments happening in the automobile industry. The Convention will offer a common platform, where more than 1000 global and Indian automotive industry leaders and various stakeholders will be interacting and discussing opportunities and challenges of the future.

The Chief Guest of the event, Mr Anant G Geete, Hon’ble Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, along with the Guests of Honour, Mr Nitin Jairam Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, and Mr Babul Supriyo, Hon’ble Minister of State for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, will grace the occasion.

Mr Vinod K Dasari, President, SIAM and Managing Director, Ashok Leyland will deliver the annual address in the Inaugural Session. Panels of renowned industry leaders will be sharing their thoughts during the convention. Some of the distinguished speakers are Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, Government of India; Mr Ian Yarnold, Head, International Vehicle Standards Division, Department of Transport, United Kingdom; Dr K Sivan, Distinguished Scientist and Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Department of Space, Government of India; Mr Mike Hawes, Chief Executive Officer, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, United Kingdom, Mr Eyal Rosner, Founder, Beyond Mobility and Former Director, Fuel Choices Initiative of Prime Minister’s Office, Israel & more.

The Convention is supported by SIAM members who will be present at the Convention.

Battery capacity tester from Meco


MECO Meters Pvt. Ltd., has launched a battery capacity tester 6390, designed for measuring the internal resistance, open circuit voltage and terminal temperature of secondary battery including Nickel-metal hydride battery (NiMH), Nickel cadmium battery (NiCd), Lithium-ion battery (Li-ion), alkaline battery and lead-acid battery. The new battery capacity tester uses AC four terminal -method to measure internal impedance which it does by eliminating lead impedance and contact impedance in a bid to get the accurate results. The meter is claimed to measure resistance from 4mΩ to 400Ω with minimum resolution of 1μΩ. Voltage measured by 6390 is up to 60V with resolution up to 1mV. The meter has been tested to operate in temperatures from (-) 20 degree Celsius to 60 degree Celsius. The key highlight of the compact and light weight meter, is a dual display that displays both the internal impedance and voltage of the battery simultaneously. Boasting of 99 sets of composite comparator function, it (meter) can be set at impedance and voltage values, and can accurately detect battery deterioration. Pin type leads, which can easily contact the battery electrodes, are supplied as standard to offer accurate four-terminal measurement. Other features include a memory and read function, manual data logging (999 Data sets), and online testing without the need to shut down the battery. A user interface software additionally connects the meter to a PC using the RS232C Cable.

Mahindra Jeeto Minivan

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Mahindra has unveiled Jeeto Minivan to compete in the sub-one tonne people mover segment.

Story by: Ashish Bhatia

Two years after the Jeeto mini-truck was launched with an ability to spring eight variants and two power stages, Mahindra has unveiled the people mover version of the mini-truck. Aimed at the sub-one tonne small commercial vehicle segment that has the Tata Ace Magic Iris and a host of three wheelers, the Jeeto minivan measures 3341 mm in length, and 1485 mm in width. It can seat up to four people and is available in five trim levels. Identical in appearance to the mini-truck when viewed from the front, the minivan, available as a semi-hard top and a hard-top model, is powered by a 16 hp, 625 cc single-cylinder diesel engine. A CNG version is also offered. It is powered by a 20 hp, 625 cc single-cylinder engine. Expected to profit from the success of the mini-truck, which gained a market share of 22.1 per cent in two years, selling 50,000 units, the minivan is priced at Rs.3.45 ex-showroom, Mumbai.

Offered with a two-year 40,000 kms warranty, the minivan flaunts a 2250 mm wheelbase. Extending the platform’s ability to offer last mile transportation solutions according to Rajan Wadhera, President, Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra, the minivan has its engine located at the rear, and with the drive routed to the rear wheels through a four-speed transmission. Set to provide an efficient, safe and comfortable mode of travel to commuters in the rural and semi-rural areas, the minivan is claimed to offer a mileage of 26 kmpl. With emphasis on low total cost of ownership, the Jeeto minivan, according to Vijay Nakra, Senior Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Automotive Division, is engineered to provide a fatigue-free drive. Designed to be the most spacious in its segment, the vehicle is equipped with (ELR) seat belt systems, head restraints and bucket seats. The semi-forward cab design of the van has been suitably reinforced to protect the occupant in an unfortunate event of collision. Attaining a top speed of 60 kmph, the Jeeto minivan is the third people mover the company has introduced after

the Maxximo and the Supro vans.

Porter 700 from Piaggio

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Piaggio’s Porter 700 SCV aims at last mile transportation.

Story by: Ashish Bhatia

Piaggio (India) has introduced the Porter 700 Small Commercial Vehicle (SCV) to address last mile transportation needs of the market. Replacing the Porter 600, the new SCV promises superior performance, higher mileage, higher rated payload, and is BSIV emissions compliant. Tracing its roots to the Porter light mini-van and mini-truck Piaggio launched in 1992, in Europe in collaboration with Daihatsu, the Porter 700 is similar in appearance to the Porter 600. It measures 3544 mm in length, 1460 mm in width, and 1738 mm in height. It is 311 mm longer in length than the Porter 600. Width and height are the same as Porter 600. At 1820 mm, the wheelbase of Porter 700 is longer than Porter 600 by 170 mm. The cargo tray of Porter 700 measures 1400 mm in width, and 314 mm in height (one millimeter less than Porter 600’ tray height). The cargo deck of Porter 700 is marginally bigger at 30 sq. ft. than that of the Porter 600, and supports a payload capacity of 700 kgs. Heavier than the Porter 600 by 175 kgs, at 1475 kgs, the Porter 700 is structured on a strong, cab-chassis unibody. The cargo body is a semi-monocoque structure. With a wheelbase of 1820 mm, the front suspension of the Porter 700 consists of MacPherson struts and dampers. Rear suspension is made up of swing arms and dampers. Tyres are 145/80 R12 LT 8PR.

Capable of a maximum speed of 62 kmph, and a maximum gradeability of 21 per cent, the Porter 700 is powered by a direct injection, 14.75 hp, 652 cc single-cylinder, four-stroke, BSIV diesel engine (with EGR) that produces a peak torque of 40 Nm at 1600-1800 rpm. Claimed to offer best-in-class mileage of 26 kmpl, the SCV is equipped with a five-speed syncromesh gearbox. Brakes are hydraulically actuated. The front includes discs, and the rear includes drums. Offered with a 75,000 km extended warranty, the Porter 700 is priced at Rs.3.42 lakh. Fully localised, the Porter 700 is made at Piaggio’s manufacturing facility at Baramati, Pune. Established in 1998, this facility has an annual capacity to build 3,80,000 Piaggio commercial vehicles (3,00,000 three-wheelers and 80,000 four-wheelers). The diesel engine of the Porter 700 is built at an engine plant within the same facility where it is integrated with the transmission. Claimed Massimo Repetto, Executive Vice President, Three & Four wheeler Product Development, Piaggio & C.s.p.a that the powertrain integration capacity is enough to cater to market needs.

Entering India with the launch of the Piaggio Ape range of commercial three wheelers in 1998, Piaggio will retail the Porter 700 through a network of 350 dealers, and 1000 touch-points across the country. Entering the less than two-tonne CV market on the eve of GST, the Porter 700 has work cut out for itself. The under two-tonne CV market clocked sales of 131,455 units in FY2014-15. It recorded sales of 116,560 units in FY2015-16. Growth was flat in FY2017 at 116,890 units. Keen to further strengthen and dominate the (small commercial vehicle) category through cargo carriers according to Ravi Chopra, Chairman, Piaggio Vehicles, the company will continue to provide technological solutions in the last mile transportation market. Diego Graffi, Chief Executive Officer, Piaggio Vehicles, averred, “We have got down to anticipating new age customer needs. The Porter 700 has been conceived as a modern vehicle with features to deliver on core values of exceptional reliability, fuel efficiency and the ability to earn.” Expressing that Piaggio is dominating the last mile transportation cargo segment, Graffi said, “We are confident that the Porter 700 will outclass others in the four-wheel, sub one-tonne cargo segment. It will consolidate Piaggio’s position in the last mile transportation industry.”

Tata Yodha to sponsor PKL Season 5 franchise team

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Tata Motors announced the association of its pick-up truck, Tata Yodha with a new franchise team in the upcoming Vivo Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) 2017. Tata Yodha has turned official sponsor for the team UP Yoddha. One of the key focus areas of the GMR Group over the years has been to harness local talent in any sport that they are part of. With a number of local kabaddi tournaments in the region, it is expected to help UP Yoddha net some exciting new talents in the long-term. Speaking on the occasion, Col Vinod Bisht, Head Yoddha, UP Yoddha said, “It has been a really enjoyable experience building up towards what will be the inaugural season for us. The training camps have really helped foster strong team spirit in the squad.” ” We have been really fortunate to have a strong partner like Tata Yodha with us. Together I hope we can scale new heights in spreading the message of the sport throughout the state of UP,” he added.  The Tata Yodha like the UP Yoddha is one of the recent additions to the Pickup segment in the commercial vehicle market and offers customers with a great combination of superior performance, highest earning potential and lowest total cost of ownership. Tata Motors’ association with team U.P. Yoddha reiterates the values Tata Yodha shares, with the sport as well as with the team. Commenting on the announcement, R T Wasan, Head – Sales & Marketing – Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors said, “As a pioneer in the Indian automotive industry, at Tata Motors we are constantly innovating and introducing class leading solutions, across segments and one of our newest being the dynamic Tata Yodha range. We are seeing excellent traction for the Yodha in the market as our pickup sales have grown by 60 per cent in the first three months of this year and we are confident of continuing to gain market share in this segment.” “Kabaddi as a sport resonates with the strength and endurance similar to the attributes of Tata Yodha pickup and our association with the UP Yoddha team is the perfect fit, since both relate to dynamism, being reliable, robust, and rugged with the potential, zeal and passion to overcome all obstacles and succeed at the highest level,” he added.

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