Iveco’s new Eurocargo is the International Truck of the Year 2016

A jury panel comprising 25 senior commercial vehicle journalists, presenting 25 leading commercial vehicle magazines from across Europe, voted Iveco’s new Eurocargo as the ‘International Truck of the Year 2016’. The Eurocargo scored 101 votes in the face of strong competition in the form of Renault Truck’s C&K range and Ford Truck’s new construction series respectively. This is the fourth award won by Iveco in the last four years, and following the ‘International Truck of the Year 2013’ award won by the Stralis, the ‘International Van of the Year 2015’ award won by the Daily and the ‘International Coach of the Year 2016’ award by the Magelys. Gianenrico Griffini, International Truck of the Year Chairman, gave away the award to Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President, on the sidelines of Solutrans, the biennial trade fair for haulage and urban transport professionals held in Lyon, France. The evaluation for the award includes a truck launched in the period of last 12 months, it has made significant contribution to road transport efficiency based on several criterias like technical innovation, comfort, safety, driveability, fuel economy, environmental footprint and total cost of ownership (TCO).

In their statement, Iveco has mentioned that the new Eurocargo range is a basis for important innovation in terms of engine, safety, comfort, cost reduction and environmental sustainability. It is the only Euro VI medium range vehicle to meet emissions standards with a single anti-emission system, the Hi-SCR system with passive diesel particulate filter. This unique solution does not change the combustion process because it works with a fresh air intake instead of exhaust gas recirculation. The Iveco Tector 5 and Tector 7 engines are optimised to suit typical operating conditions of urban missions, while the new turbocharger enables the vehicle to respond dynamically on acceleration and start up, resulting in up to eight per cent fuel savings.

Building on Iveco’s leadership in natural gas, the new Eurocargo is also available in a ‘super-eco’ version that runs on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), offering lower environmental impact and economic advantages compared to diesel versions. The 210 hp 6-litre Tector engine delivers significant benefits in efficiency and emissions. Already compliant to Euro VI step C emissions standards (required from December 31, 2016), this vehicle has access to restricted areas in city centres, providing a further advantage in multi-drop missions. In addition, natural gas Eurocargo vehicles are extremely silent, which makes them perfect for night-time urban work. Also on offer is a two-pedal Astronic automated box; plus an eco-roll function that encourages fuel-saving ‘coasting’ possible. Termed by Lahutte as ‘respectful of people and the environment’, the new Eurocargo according to Griffini raises the bar in a highly-competitive segment in which Eurocargo has set the market benchmark in the last 25 years. Environmentally friendly, quiet, fuel efficient, manoeuvrable and comfortable, the new Eurocargo, apart from low TCO, in its advertisement proclaims itself as the ‘The truck the city likes’.

ContiTech expands air spring range for CV replacement market

ContiTech Air Spring Systems has expanded its product portfolio for the commercial vehicle replacement market with the addition of 18 new types of air springs. These include weight-reduced air springs, which were specially developed for the current generation of Mercedes-Benz Actros. What makes the 18 new types of air springs special according to Contitech sources is the lightweight, patented plastic pistons. Compared to the use of steel components, the weight of the vehicle can be reduced by 12 kg per axle. In addition to the potential fuel saving and the related reduction in CO2 emissions, the low weight also enables an increase in payload. The internal volume of the piston can also be fully utilised, courtesy a special new manufacturing process, which considerably increases the comfort of the air suspension.

MoRTH proposal to define lifespan of commercial vehicles

The ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) could soon come out with a proposal for the ‘end of life’ of heavy commercial vehicles. Sources claim, as per the proposal, the twin-axle mini trucks could be phased out after 12 years, multi-axle trucks after 15 years and trailers after 25 years. The intention is to curb vehicular pollution, specially since commercial vehicles are said to be prone to faster deterioration. The proposal has sparked off a debate, while the ministry officials claim to have aligned the ‘end of life’ proposal for commercial vehicles with the years on the vehicle’s National Permit (NP). Questions are being raised by industry experts on setting the same yardstic for a NP vehicle to a commercial vehicle that could be plying locally within the state boundaries. As per sources, the ministry has already submitted an affidavit to the National Green Tribunal, that it would come out with a policy on this issue soon.

JK Tyre inaugurates its second truck wheels alignment centre in Rajasthan

Specialising in radial technology, Jk Tyre & Industries launched its state of the art ‘JK Tyre Truck Wheels Centre’ at Jaipur.A second truck wheels centre for JK Tyres in Rajashthan, the 19th truck wheel showroom in India for the company, ‘JDTC Automobile Services’, on offer are technically advanced solutions for all tyre and wheel related requirements of trucks and buses. Spread over an area of 10,000 square feet, it is said to be equipped with a wheel aligner, nitrogen inflator machine, air compressors, an automatic tyre changer, greasing pumps, pneumatic wrenches and a generator set to ensure end-to-end truck and bus tyre care. Located strategically on NH-8, this new showroom is expected to enhance tyre servicing in the entire region for truckers and transport providers.Amardeep Singh Bhullar, JK Tyre and Industries said, “With radialisation increasing rapidly, JK Tyre has been striving hard to provide complete tyre solutions to its customers.NH-8 has its own importance for the trucking business and the region is getting radialised quickly. We believe that the centre will be a huge success.”

National Engineering Industries (NEI) wins the 2015 Deming Grand Prize

A manufacturer and exporter of bearings in India, by the brand NBC, National Engineering Industries (NEI) is a part of the C K Birla group, a USD 1.6 billion business conglomerate. NEI has been conferred with the Deming Grand Prize 2015, in Tokyo, Japan. Representing the company on the occasion, Rohit Saboo, President and CEO, NEI expressed, “We are extremely privileged to join the distinguished list of companies across the globe, that have been conferred with the Deming Grand Prize. Being conferred upon with this award signifies our commitment to manufacturing excellence and the benchmarks we have set for ourselves over the last six decades.” The Deming Grand Prize recognizes both individuals and businesses for their contribution to the field of Total Quality Management (TQM).NEIL claims to be the largest manufacturer of bearings in India, with a capacity of 100 million bearings in more than a 1000 sizes. With its focus on the automotive industry across the globe, NEIL claims to have registered a turnover of Rs.1,500 crores in FY 2014-15.Exports jumped up from USD five million in FY 2009 to USD 35 million in FY 2015.

DICV starts sale of the BharatBenz staff buses

The first set of the BharatBenz staff buses from Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) were delivered to customers in Mumbai. These are 9-tonne, 39 seater BharatBenz model that is available in BS III and BS IV form. The front engine bus is said to feature ABS, front and rear anti-roll bars, and is made from fire retardant materials. The emergency exits on this bus are strategically placed. As the roll out of buses gathers pace, they would be routed to customers through BharatBenz’ 80 dealerships across India. Customers will be offered tailor made service packages and a 24×7 after sales support with an advanced interactive vehicle diagnosis. Vehicle insurance, cashless facility and a full maintenance contract will be offered too. While the front engine buses are aimed at school, staff and tourist transportation, the premium segment buses, under the Mercedes-Benz brand will continue to be address the premium inter-city transportation market. The Mercedes-Benz buses are rear engine, multi-axle designs. 

Torrential rains and flooing affect operations of auto companies in Chennai region

Chennai and the region around has automotive plants of manufacturers like Renault-Nissan, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, BMW, Yamaha, Ford, Ashok Leyland, Royal Enfield and others. The heavy downpour in the region in early November affected the operations of these OEMs. Operations of a good deal of automotive suppliers in the region were also affected because of the heavy rains. With many people working in these companies unable to reach their place of work due to flooding, production at the plants of OEMs as well as the suppliers was affected. The extent of impact due to the unexpected torrential downpour may take time to be ascertained, and is expected to be felt for some time after the return to normalcy. The only tow OEMs that did not seem to be affected are Mahindra and Hyundai. Both have their plants om the Bangalore highway. The impact of the rain there was not as bad as some of the other areas in the Chennai region. Such was the effect of the torrential downpour and the subsequent flooding that IT companies had to declare a holiday. Schools and colleges were also closed and several examinations had to be rescheduled. While 71 people are known to have been killed, the state government has had to announce a relief of Rs. 500 crore. Rail and air services were severely affected too.