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Ashok Leyland rolls out 10 models of "U-Truck" tippers and tractor trailers Print E-mail
Written by George   
Wednesday, 03 November 2010
Chennai: The Hinduja Group flagship, Ashok Leyland, rolled out of the first set of 10 models of tippers and tractor trailers on the new U-Truck platform in the 16 – 49 tonne segment.

Ashok Leyland Managing Director R Seshasayee said that the company plans to sell around 5,000 to 6,000 units over next four months. Ashok Leyland is expecting an increase in exports over the next two years from 9 percent now to 15 percent. With the new platform the company hopes to consolidate its position in the newer markets.

"The modularity gives us the agility to respond to customer needs quickly and control our inventories while on the manufacturing side we will see a transition from a stock-and-sell to a make-to-order system. Everything considered, we are on the threshold of some very exciting times," said Seshasayee.

"This future-ready platform has the unique ability to continuously morph itself to meet ever-evolving consumer needs," he added. 350 engineers have worked for the past 2 years to develop the U-Truck concept.

The trucks are powered by H-series engines with capacities ranging from 160 HP to 260 HP. It is the first time in India that a commercial vehicle comes with a common rail direct injection (CRDI) engine.

Synchronized service intervals for tractors at every 40,000 kms, being offered for the first time in the commercial vehicle industry, enables the U-Truck to stay around 20% more time on the roads, the ideal way to derive the best from the vehicles. Setting a benchmark is the 4-year driveline warranty being offered on tractors whereas the warranty on tippers is for 2 years/5,000 hours/200,000 kms.

The company will have 25 new models from this platform in another 18 months.

The trucks are also compliant with BS-III emission standards. Ashok Leyland plans to launch a new line of BS-IV-compliant products, which will have a new cabin and the more powerful Neptune engine, two years from now.

Though, these trucks will be about 3 percent costlier than the conventional trucks of corresponding capacity, they will be 15 to 20 percent better in terms of performance, said Seshasayee. The trucks are priced between Rs 16 lakh and Rs 31 lakh and supported by NBFC, Hinduja Leyland Finance.

Ashok Leyland has invested nearly Rs 2,000 crore over a two year period in it's operations in the country.

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