VE Commercial vehicles launched an all-new Coach & Sleeper bus range. The coach is built on the  Eicher 6016 R LPO 12.4 m chassis that houses the 5.1-litre VEDX5 engine derived from Volvo Group’s global powertrain family that makes a maximum power of 210 hp and a flat torque of 825 Nm @ 1200-1600 rpm.

“A year ago, we announced the formation of a Bus division within VECV with the clear aim to shape the developments in the Indian bus industry. Today I am proud to launch a new range that synergizes Eicher brand’s extensive local presence and expertise in value engineering with Volvo Buses India’s competence in premium bus segment. This product truly combines the ‘best-of-the-both-worlds’ said Vinod Aggarwal, MD & CEO, VE Commercial Vehicles”

Akash Passey, President, Bus Division, VECV adds, “This is the first milestone in our drive to offer a complete range of market-adapted economy, mid-premium and premium buses across all market segments. With the national permit being rolled out, operators seek high quality buses – that call for balanced upfront investment – to reliably cover longer distances. The new products are the perfect answer to this rapidly evolving market’s needs. We are confident that the fully factory-built coach and sleeper will prove viable alternatives to rail and air travel, due to their best-in-class quality, reliability, and durability.”

The fully air-conditioned Coach seats 43 passengers with 11.3 cu.m luggage space and Sleeper version offers 30 berths with 6.5 cu.m of luggage space. Berths are separated by full-height partitions to ensure privacy and security in the air-conditioned environment. The chassis is claimed to be designed to offer improved structural strength, while the corrosion-free fuel tank and high-capacity alternator deliver trouble-free performance. Other features include Cruise Control, Fuel Coaching, Mbooster+ and Intelligent Engine Protection System to name a few. The coach is equipped with theatre-type saloon seating, pushback seats and LED ambience, USB ports, reading lights, speakers, AC louvers and infotainment systems are standard offerings. The dashboard is designed in line with global benchmarks incorporates controls that are positioned and oriented for easy accessibility. The engine hood is suitably insulated to minimize NVH levels. The bus body complies with relevant legislation, with all materials being certified to be fire-retardant. The new range is supported by Eicher buses pan-India service network with over 500 touchpoints which offer a one-stop-shop for both chassis and body service requirements. Further, Lifetime Support Solutions, ensure seamless and hassle-free experience across the ownership period is claimed by the company

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