MAN unveils the new CLA BSIV bus chassis range

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MAN Trucks India unveiled the new CLA BSIV bus chassis range in Bengaluru. To make the bus chassis available in two models, a 8.250 (4×2) and 22.300 (6×2) multi-axle, the OEM partnered with three leading bus body builders in a bid to offer different and innovative body designs to customers. The new front mounted CLA BSIV bus chassis models are manufactured at MAN Trucks’ manufacturing plant in Pithampur, near Indore. Designed for intercity coach application, the robust structure is claimed to be built using tried and tested components in the chassis and driveline. Averred Joerg Mommertz, Chairman & Managing Director, MAN Trucks India, “The new BSIV compliant CLA bus chassis is built on the established attributes of MAN brand in India – reliability and efficiency. We have now added the aspects of safety and comfort.” “We are confident that with the value proposition on offer, MAN will create a unique position in the market,” he added. The new chassis is powered by the BSIV compliant 250 hp and 300 hp MAN D-0836 turbo-charged, intercooled common rail engines mated to a six-speed gearbox.


Suresh Chettiar is Business Head of Volvo Buses South Asia

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Volvo Bus Corporation announced the appointment of Suresh Chettiar as Business Head of Volvo Buses, South Asia & Vice President, Volvo Bus Corporation effective January 01, 2018. Suresh most recently served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the region and replaces VRV Sriprasad, who is said to have opted for an early retirement. “I am happy to welcome Suresh to this role. Suresh brings with him over two decades of Volvo Bus & Volvo Group experience having held senior leadership roles across functions. I thank Sriprasad for having led the organisation with distinction over the past four years and wish him the best in his future endeavours,” stated Akash Passey, Chairman, Business Board of Volvo Buses India and Senior Vice President, Region International, Volvo Bus Corporation. In a career spanning over two decades with Volvo Group in the Indian bus and commercial vehicle industry, Suresh has held senior leadership roles across functions at Volvo Buses in India, and managed the successful introduction of Volvo Group’s UD branded buses in India. “Volvo Buses is well-positioned to serve customers in this dynamic and large market. We have built significant assets during our journey so far and that provides me a great platform to develop the next phase of our growth journey. The Volvo brand has a strong position in India and South Asia and reflects the highest standards of quality and safety. While drawing on our industry leading global competence, I hope to build on the technology and people strengths within the region,’ said Suresh Chettiar.

Sanjay Saraswat is Ashok Leyland’s Head of Global Buses

Ashok Leyland, announced the appointment of Sanjay Saraswat as the Senior Vice President & Head of Global Buses. Mr. Saraswat joins Ashok Leyland with close to 30 years of experience spanning across manufacturing, sales, service, network development and marketing. A mechanical engineer from IIT Delhi (1988 batch), he replaces Mr. T. Venkataraman who retired in October 2017. In this role, Mr. Saraswat will lead the Global Buses business unit and will report to the MD, Vinod Dasari. Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland, said, “We are delighted to welcome Sanjay Saraswat to Ashok Leyland. He brings in-depth industry, market and cultural experience to the Company’s leadership team. His exceptional knowledge of industry trends combined with his cross-section of business experience will be of tremendous value to the Company.” Sanjay Saraswat, Senior Vice President & Head, Global Buses of Ashok Leyland said, “I am excited to join the incredible team at Ashok Leyland. This brand has been doing some amazing work and delivering great results. I look forward to working with all the members who are shaping the future of our industry.” Sanjay Saraswat joins Ashok Leyland from Bajaj Auto, in Pune, where he was the Vice President for Sales Operations and was heading sales planning, field service, service planning, network development, logistics, and special projects. He has had an extensive exposure and significant learning across functions in Bajaj Auto Ltd., where he joined as a Graduate Engineer Trainee in 1988.

RoadMaster G75 from Mahindra

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Mahindra RoadMaster G75 motor grader aims at the burgeoning road construction sector.

Story by:Ashish Bhatia

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) entered the off-highway segment in 2011 with the launch of a backhoe loader. Offering construction tippers through its truck and bus business vertical, the company has introduced the RoadMaster G75 motor grader to cater to the burgeoning road construction sector. Built at Mahindra’s integrated manufacturing facility at Chakan, Pune, the motor grader is claimed to be 100 per cent indigenous in its built. Positioned in a segment that is dominated by global Construction Equipment (CE) majors like Caterpillar, the RoadMaster G75, according to Rajan Wadhera, President – Automotive Sector, M&M, is built to last and priced highly competitively. Expected to elevate the speed of mechanisation in the road construction sector, which is expected to grow at 15 to 20 per cent over the current levels, the RoadMaster G75 is priced at Rs.34.99 lakh inclusive of GST. Claimed to cost almost one third of what it takes to buy a motor grader from global CE majors, the motor grader has been specifically engineered for spreading and grading applications. Set to play a role in the government’s ambitious plan to build 83,677 km of roads over the next five years at a rate of 45 km per day, and with an investment of Rs.6.92 lakh crore, the motor grader is claimed to offer an optimised solution to road contractors for their grading needs.

Expected to carve out a niche, the RoadMaster G75 was conceptualised in 2015. The first proto arrived in 2016. Productionised in 2017, the motor grader is powered by a 79hp DiTEC 4805 IA BSIII CEV engine. Mated to the engine is a four wheel drive (4WD), four-speed Carraro transmission. Featuring two hydraulic pumps, which provide it with a hydraulic multi-function capability, the RoadMaster G75 is fitted with a torque converter type clutch and power shuttle transmission. The motor grader, fitted with a 10 ft. wide blade, and a mouldboard designed to suit productivity and durability, is said to grade at 33 per cent. This is considerably more than what the other motor graders offer, claim M&M sources. Offering a blade cutting angle of 25.6 degrees, and a rotation angle of 30 degrees with a blade side-shift of 513 mm, the RoadMaster G75 comes with a one year, unlimited hours warranty. With (1.98 m) dozer blade and (5 Tyne) ripper as optional fitments, the motor grader was subjected to 6,000 hours of rigorous testing, and has been validated for performance, safety and reliability.

Supported by Mahindra’s sales and service network across the country, the RoadMaster G75 is equipped with Mahindra’s telematics platform DigiSense. Drawing from the experience Mahindra has gained selling tractors and backhoe loaders, the motor grader, claimed to have been bench marked against global quality standards, is both, functional and utilitarian. Aimed at the construction of small to medium roads, and to widen of state and national highways, the RoadMaster G75, said Vinod Sahay, Chief Executive Officer, Truck and Bus Division and Construction Equipment Division, M&M, will prove to be a disruptive addition to the motor grader segment. “It is set to deliver affordable mechanisation sans a compromise, and is aptly suitable for applications such as embankment or earthwork. For laying of railway tracks and levelling of large plots for industrial construction,” he concluded.

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Volkswagen to develop electric Cvs

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The Volkswagen brand of heavy trucks may not be present in India, its group companies MAN and Scania are present. It may be too soon to predict if they will profit from the Group’s move to invest Euro 1.4 billion in new technologies by 2022, including electric trucks and buses. Volkswagen will spend money to develop electric drives, autonomous vehicles and cloud-based systems. While a spin-off of Volkswagen’s trucks business is said to be under consideration, the move to electrify commercial vehicles is in-line with the rising regulatory pressure on auto makers the world over to develop vehicles that have zero tail pipe emissions. Navistar International Corp. and Volkswagen Truck & Bus announced plans recently to collaborate on electric vehicles. They are expected to launch an electric medium duty truck in North America by late 2019. Volkswagen competitor, Daimler has already launched an electric medium duty truck under its Fuso brand in North America. It has supplied the truck to UPS to carry out last mile deliveries in New York.

VECV looks at capacity expansion

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VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV) will be investing Rs.400 crore to Rs.450 crore towards capacity expansion, claim industry sources. They cite that this is part of the company’s plan to invest a similar amount year-on-year towards development of new products; BSVI compliant products. Seeing a good rise in the 14- and 15-tonne segment due to buyers downgrading from 16-tonnes, the company is looking at good demand to emerge from various businesses as they re-arrange their strategies and assets to align with the GST. In the 14- and 15-tonne, VECV is claimed to enjoy a good demand for its Pro 1000 series and Pro 3000 series trucks from ecommerce companies among others. Sources draw attention to the company having a slew of products in the 5- to 16-tonne GVW. These product offerings are also expected to help the company find a strong foothold in the rising last mile connectivity market. VECV recorded 12.5 per cent growth in FY2016-17 by selling over 58,000 units as against the sale of 52,000 units in FY2015-16. The industry grew at four-per cent. Experiencing improvement in all the segments, and exports in particular, VECV, through capacity expansion, will continue to have products across every price point and application areas. It will be able to address every customer need too, with a wide range of engines on offer.

BKT wins SQEP Silver Award from Caterpillar


BKT has won the SQEP Silver Award (Supplier Quality Excellence Process Certification) from Caterpillar. The award reflects the high levels of quality and process control at BKT, a leading manufacturer of industrial and OTR tyres in India. For Caterpillar equipment, BKT produces Earthmax SR 47 and Earthmax SR 45 tyres. The Earthmax SR 47 24.00 R 35 tyre is fitted to the 60-tonne CAT 773 E dump truck, and the Earthmax SR 45 18.00 R 33 tyre is fitted to the CAT 770G. The CAT 773 E and CAT 770G dump trucks find use in mining and quarry as well as construction applications. Expressed Arvind Poddar, Chairman and Managing Director, BKT, “The award acknowledges our products and aligns with our strategic objective of quality and reliability. We continue to win the confidence of large global manufacturers.”