Ashok Leyland today revealed four next-generation technology products and a variant of the Dost small commercial vehicle at the Auto Expo in Greater Noida.
First off is the 4940 Euro 6 truck, which is built to exacting standards, uses the latest engineering and technological knowledge, and meets stringent Euro 6 emission norms. Euro 6 norms demand a dramatic reduction in NOx and particulate matter – as low as one-tenth compared to existing Euro 3 norms. Ashok Leyland says, “achieving these norms requires a significant leap in technological capability, and a strong dose of Indian ingenuity. The 4940 Euro 6 truck does this using Indian innovation, and offers world-class norms at Indian costs.”
Then comes the Hybus, India’s first non-plug-in hybrid bus which helps reduce emissions and also offers significant efficiencies in operating costs. Especially designed for urban transport with start-stop cycles, ultra-capacitors provide the diesel motor with necessary power for movement.
The company’s latest offering in the Intermediate CV segment is the Guru, which is claimed to be engineered to be the complete package of versatility, strength and endurance. With the lowest kerb weight, Guru offers the highest payload capability in its segment. With a load body that offers the maximum volumetric capacity, Guru can carry a higher volume of cargo on every trip. Aluminium alloy wheels and load body fitments further complement its payload capacity. The H-series CRS engine offers best-in-class mileage, the versatile FIP system helps lower maintenance costs, better service intervals and lower lube consumption, combined with best-in-class warranty and affordable AMC, ensure lower lifetime operating costs.
The fourth vehicle is the Sunshine next-generation school bus which goes beyond basic regulatory requirements by being rollover complaint and frontal crash protected. Further, Sunshine incorporates i-ALERT state-of-the-art tracking software with which parents can monitor their child’s movements and location, on a real-time basis. Embedded software will provide parents with pick-up and drop off alerts, while school operators can use the system to monitor well-being of children inside the bus and also track the health of the vehicle.
Sunshine comes with a host of features which are industry-firsts, such as worldview windows which offer best-in-class ventilation and visibility, lowest fixed step which enables easy entry, artistically designed cheerful and comfortable Happy Seats, anti-bacterial interiors. Drivers can enjoy best-in-class features such as all-round visibility of children, driveability and maneuverability.
Speaking about the new line-up of vehicles, Vinod Dasari, managing director, Ashok Leyland, said, “We are extremely proud of our new range of vehicles which have been designed with precision and attention, and represent the best of our technological expertise and sophisticated R&D capabilities. Our products have always been recognized for their reliability and ruggedness, innovation, and market-appropriateness. Our new line-up at the Delhi Auto Expo 2016 will further reflect these values. We are focusing on sustainable mobility solutions for a new world, and are confident each of these will address a specific customer need and help them grow their business and be successful.”