Ashok Leyland, one of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturers in the country, has become the first Indian OEM to upgrade its full-range of heavy duty trucks (GVW of 16.2 tonnes and above) to meet the upcoming BS VI emission norms that are mandated from April 2020.
L-R: Rashmi Hemant Urdhwareshe, Director, ARAI handing over the BS-VI certification for the complete range of Heavy Duty Trucks to Dr Saravanan, CTO, Ashok Leyland.
On August 29, 2019, Dr N Saravanan, chief technology officer, Ashok Leyland, received the certificates, confirming compliance to BS-VI emission standard, from the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI).
It may be recollected that in November 2018, Ashok Leyland had announced that it had achieved its internal milestone on emission capability for its entire range of M&HCV vehicles to meet the BS VI norms. The new technology continues to build upon the successfully proven iEGR (Intelligent Exhaust Gas Recirculation) engine platform.
Commenting on this milestone, Dheeraj Hinduja, chairman, Ashok Leyland, said, "Ashok Leyland has always been a pioneer in the introduction of new technology in the commercial vehicle industry and this achievement of meeting the BS VI emission standard across our heavy vehicle range further reinforces our position as technology leaders. Despite the short transition timeframe from BS IV to BS Vl, we have done extensive testing and with another 7 months to go, we are confident that our indigenous development will provide a superior and competitive solution addressing the needs of our customers. Compliance in the LCV and ICV range will be completed shortly and we will offer a comprehensive range from 70hp to 360hp in BS Vl application."
Dr N Saravanan, said, “We were the first Indian OEMs to showcase a Euro-VI truck during the Auto Expo 2016, Delhi, and we are the first to be ready with BS VI vehicles across our heavy-duty truck range, well ahead of the deadline. Technology and its intelligent use have been our forte. Whether it was the use of a mechanical pump for BS III or iEGR technology for BS IV, we have strived to simplify the technology for our customers to deliver value throughout the product lifecycle. With our BS VI range, we will continue to deliver on this promise of reliability and ease of operations. Additionally, we have developed an entire new modular vehicle platform for this range and are confident of meeting the increasingly dynamic customer requirements, with multiple options of loading spans, cabins, suspensions and drivetrains. These combinations would be offered to the customers through a custom-built product configurator."
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