Even though the overall commercial vehicle market scenario looks bleak, what with April-October 2019 sales down 23% YoY and given the November 2019 numbers, some OEMs are generating new business. Tata Motors has bagged orders for supply of over 2,300 buses from seven State Transport Undertakings – Rajasthan (RSRTC), Karnataka (KSRTC/ BMTC/ NWKRTC), Uttar Pradesh (UPSRTC), Tamil Nadu (IRT), and Andhra Pradesh (APSRTC). The company says it is working towards completing deliveries by February 2020.
Tata Motors, which is India’s largest bus manufacturer, has a comprehensive range of buses ranging from luxurious intercity travel options, to safe transport and driver-friendly choices and designed to suit travel conditions both in Indian cities and rural areas.
According to Rohit Srivastava, Product Line Head, Buses, Tata Motors, “With the government’s continued thrust towards providing smart safe and convenient alternatives of public transport, we at Tata Motors acknowledge the proactive approach of various STUs to maintain a sustainable mass public transportation system. Our in-depth understanding of sustainable public transport for different markets and customers is what differentiates us from our competitors. With an order size of over 2,300 Tata Motors buses, we look forward to a continued partnership with all the STUs, in their endeavour to reinforce the public transportation system in their respective cities.”
Tata Motors currently designs, develops and manufactures its buses at its plants in Pune, Dharwad, Pantnagar and Lucknow. Besides its partnership with ACGL of Goa for bus bodies, Tata Motors also has a joint venture with Marcopolo of Brazil, one of the largest bus body manufacturers in the world, for fully built bus (FBV) solutions.
Tata Motors says its approach of manufacturing FBVs (Fully Building Vehicles), meets the government’s new norms in terms of safety, fuel efficiency, wider bus gangways, with the flexibility to be powered by both CNG and diesel.
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