Piaggio launches BS VI-ready diesel and CNG three-wheeler range

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 23 Jan 2020

Piaggio Vehicles (PVPL), a subsidiary of the Italian Piaggio Group and a leading manufacturer of small commercial vehicles in India today showcased its entire range of BSVI products.

The company showcased its new diesel- and alternate fuel-powered performance range of vehicle range. The diesel products come with new 599cc engine that churns 7KW of power and 23.5 Nm torque. The vehicle feature a 5-speed gear box and new aluminium clutch, which the company says considerably increases the load carrying capability and enables faster trip times. The new Cargo range comes with a larger cabin providing better head room and space for the driver thereby improves productivity.

Piaggio says the passenger range of vehicle now come with new safety doors for commuters. The alternate fuel range has been fitted with one of the most refined drive-train available in the industry with a 230cc 3-valve engine.

The OEM says with this it now has one of the largest product range in the last-mile mobility in India for both cargo and passenger carrying applications. The cargo range is available in deck lengths of 5, 5.5 and 6-feet and in delivery van and high body options. The passenger range is available in small body, mid-body, wide body and extra-wide body configurations. The range is also fuel agnostic with products available in diesel, CNG, LPG and Petrol.

Piaggio says the BS VI products will see prices increase by around Rs 45,000 (ex-showroom) for diesel vehicles and the alternate fuel range Rs 15,000 over equivalent BS IV products.

Diego Graffi MD and CEO, PVPL said, “We are delighted to be the first three-wheeler manufacturer in India to be completely BS-VI ready with our entire range of products. We had started our preparations for BS VI norms well ahead of time and therefore today we are well placed for the transition from BSIV to BSVI."

Saju Nair, EVP and Head of CV Business, PVPL said, “The new BS VI 'Performance Range' reinforces the company’s leadership in innovation and technology for providing superior solutions for last mile transportation.  The 'Power Max' diesel range will enable our customers to earn more through better load carrying capability and faster turnaround time and at the same time our 42 months warranty and improved maintenance intervals significantly reduces the cost for the customer. Similarly, the 'Smart' AF range is a benchmark for superior pickup, NVH and urban driveability. Combined with assurance of low maintenance through 36 months warranty and the unique 'Super Saver' free maintenance scheme, this is truly a smart choice for our customers."

Malind Kapur, SVP – marketing, product marketing and channel management, CV Business, PVPL said “The early adoption of BSVI range will help us maintain channel stocks much better and ensure they have a smooth transition before the April 1, 2020 deadline. In Diesel cargo segment we have always been market leaders and I am sure that our newly launched Power-max 599cc BSVI cargo vehicle will further strengthen our position.”