Eicher launches 16-tonne truck with AMT tech

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 28 Jan 2019

Eicher Trucks & Buses, part of VE Commercial Vehicles, has launched a 16-tonne truck with AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) technology, the Eicher Pro 3016 AMT. 

The company says the Eicher Pro 3016 AMT is the first 16-tonne GVW AMT truck which is equipped with an Intelligent Shift Control Actuator that automatically performs clutch and shift operations which completely eliminates the need to use the clutch and shift gears manually.

The Pro 3016 AMT features auto and manual modes along with transmission drivability features, or power mode for time-bound deliveries and eco mode for fuel efficient operations. 

The elimination of a clutch pedal frees drivers from gear-shifting, reduces their stress and fatigue and minimises the performance gap between skilled and less experienced drivers. Eicher Trucks & Buses states that this truck is apt for a variety of applications such as e-commerce, consumer goods, parcel and courier, pharmaceuticals, industrial goods, agriculture produce, poultry and dairy products.

Commenting on on the new AMT truck launch, Rama Rao A S, executive vice-president, Sales, Marketing and Aftermarket, Heavy Duty Trucks, VE Commercial Vehicles, said: “Eicher has always been a pioneer in providing technologically superior solutions to its customers as per market demands. Today, we are introducing AMT in the value truck range for 16 tonnes. The Pro 3016 has successfully made a unique position for itself in the competitive 16-tonne segment. With Pro 3016 AMT, we aim to launch a technologically advanced truck that will be a  game changer for the commercial vehicle industry.”  

 “Fuel efficiency is a plus in the all new Eicher Pro 3016 AMT. However, factors such as comfort, safety, driver efficiency and total cost of ownership of the truck are also critical aspects of buying trucks these days. The Eicher Pro 3016 provides additional comfort and fatigueless driving, so that the driver can clock more kilometres per day and focus on driving with more attention to the road. AMT allows optimised gearshifting that contributes to a fuel efficient and comfortable drive and low maintenance, thus improving their overall turnaround time, eliminating shocks to the driveline and allowing smooth movement of cargo.”

The Pro 3016 AMT trucks are being manufactured in the Eicher Trucks and Buses facility in Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh, where Eicher produces its complete range of 4.9T to 55T commercial vehicles.