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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tata Motors receives largest ever single order of 1314 trucks from India's largest fleet owner

Tata Motors has received its largest ever single order for commercial vehicles from Siddhivinayak Logistics Ltd. (SVLL), to supply 1,314 trucks to be delivered during the financial year. The order coincided with the launch of an innovative scheme by SVLL, meant for the well-being of their drivers, called 'Chalak se Malak'.

The order includes two recently launched products, the New Tata PRIMA 4923 - LX and the Tata LPT 3723, the first 5-axle rigid truck in the country.

Based in Surat, SVLL is India's largest fleet owner, with a fleet size of over 4,000 commercial vehicles. The company operates across diverse segments, like steel, cement, tractors, chemicals, machinery, and is a pioneer in new segments like commercial vehicle chassis carriers.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. R. C. Baid, Founder and Chief Mentor, Siddhivinayak Logistics Ltd said, “We have been using Tata vehicles for decades and are pleased with the quality, engagement and after-sales services. We appreciate the commitment by Tata Motors in helping us become a specialist and India’s fastest growing surface transport company. Through this order we further strengthen our relationship with Tata Motors.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Vinod Sahay, Head - Sales & Marketing, Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors, said: “We are delighted that our association with M/s. SVLL continues unabated. We are honoured to receive this prestigious order and are committed to deliver these vehicles this fiscal year. We thank the company for their continued trust and patronage of our brand”.

The New Tata PRIMA 4923 - LX is from the new 230 HP range of PRIMA trucks, was launched to extend the PRIMA advantage to many more transporters who require a lower power-to-weight ratio. These vehicles are fitted with a Cummins ISBe electronic engine with common rail injection, for efficient fuel injection. This comes with India’s first indigenously developed 9-speed gearbox from Tata Motors with an overdrive function which provides superior fuel efficiency. These vehicles are also coupled with a 430 mm diameter organic clutch and 10-T rear axle to deliver a balanced and robust drive train. The Tata PRIMA LX cabin comes with an optional AC, 4 point suspension for reduced vibration and double sleeper bunks to provide maximum comfort to the driver.

The Tata LPT 3723 is the first 5-axle rigid truck in the country and will be the next big game changer in the Indian commercial vehicle industry. This truck can carry around 4.5 tonnes more than the existing 31 tonne MAV (Multi-axle vehicle) segment. As a result, it is all set to radically change the economics of transportation in multiple segments by reducing the cost per Tonne-Km of transportation. It is powered by a Cummins 6BT 5.9L engine (155 kW power at 2500rpm), twin steerable front axles, a twin-drive axle and a tag-lift axle: the only truck to have such a technology, reducing tyre and fuel costs. The turning circle diameter of 21.9 metres makes it more maneuverable. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

It’s All about Saving the Home Turf

Tata Motors launched 6 new Medium & Heavy Range on 17th Sep 2012 in Mumbai. Also along with was launched the Driver Management Solution nicknamed – Tata FleetMan Telematics Services.

Products which were major attraction are:-

  1. LPT 3723 Cowl – A 37T Rigid Chassis truck comes with 5 Axles, a 10X4 Configuration, with 208 Horse Power under the hood. The power house in this projected game changer is Cummins 6BT 5.9L Engine. The vehicle can carry 4.5T more than the existing 31T rigid. LPT 3723 comes with twin steerable front axles and a Tag Axle. 
LPT3723 Cowl
LPT 3723 Cowl

  1. Prima 4023LX Tractor – Prima 4023 LX the younger sibling of already established Prima 4028 has been on road for quite sometime now. Prima LX is powered by Cummins ISBe Engine and with higher torque of 900NM @ 1700rpm has a highest flat torque in its range. CRDi technology coupled with Higher Torque makes these vehicles highly fuel efficient to operate and enhance the overall life of the vehicle. Prima LX is fitted with 9 Speed Gear box which has a clear advantage on plain (Higher turnaround time) as well as overcoming extreme gradients over the conventional vehicles. 430 mm Dia clutch ensures efficient utilization of Engine Torque and max life of Clutch plate.
Prima 4023LX
Prima 4023 LX

  1. Prima 4923LX Tractor  – The new entrant to the Prima Range of vehicles is a 49T tractor. This massive machine too gets its power from the Cummins ISBe Engine which generates 900NM torque to take on heavy loads and maneuver gradients without much of discomfort.
Prima 4923 LX
Prima 4923 LX

  1. Prima 4938 S Tractor – This massive animal gets the crown of being the First Indian Puller-Tractor. Primarily designed for Heavy Loads running to the tune of 200T & Over Dimensional Cargo (ODC). Under the bonnet is Cummins ISLe Engine generating output of 370HP.
Prima 4938
Prima 4938

  1. Prima 3138 K Tipper – Specially designed for deep mining of Iron Ore, Coal Over Burden removal and various other off road applications. Similar to Prima 4938, 3138K is powered with 380 HP Cummins ISLe engine.
Prima 3138 - 18 CuM Rock Tipper

  1. LPK 3118 Tipper – 4 Axle, 18 Cum box tipper developed for coal, sand and various other plant handling applications. Being termed as one of the highest fuel efficient tipper comes with G-1150, 9 speed gear box.
LPK 3118 - 18 CuM Box Tipper
LPK 3118 - 18 CuM Box Tipper

Coming on to the Telematics Solution – Tata FleetMan Telematics Services – One of its kind and the first entrant to the Transport solutions providing real time Tracking, Trip Management, Fuel Management & Remote Diagnosis.  The complete solution being taken forwarded by Tata Motors vast dealer network.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Hypocrisy or Just a Lapse – "Jaago Re"

Well viewing the photograph below majority may not be able to make out which place it is….For all those this is crossroads near Pragati Maidan where “Purana Kila Road” meets “Mathura Road” in the very heart of National Capital “New Delhi”.

As “A Common Man” you may be booked and given a ticket with hefty fine for iota of a violation of “Rules” on road but it seems these rules aren’t meant to be followed by the ones employed & responsible for the implementation of the same.

I don’t know how many of us remember Grade 3-4 lessons in Social Science which inculcated in us "Following of Rules" as our "Moral Duty" towards society. Latest Tata Tea commercial in Electronic Media persuades us to perform our duties Small or Big to the fullest, yet we at times give them a miss.

Another TV Commerical of CEAT Tyres captioned “Streets are full of Idiots” too points out directly that Safety is in our own Hands.

To generalize the statement for everyone will be wrong & doesn’t mean we all make mockery of the law every time we step on road. I am sure we all at one point or the other might have had made fool our ourselves waiting for the Red Light at a crossroad to turn Green in the mid of night sans traffic and Cops. Still we stood strong by our conscious and waited for the signal to turn green.

This is not the First Instance that the “Saviors become Exploiters” … Delhi Police’s Facebook page is a wonderful tool to take care of the violators. Hope this posting helps to get the Violator Cop summoned.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Demand, Production of Heavy Commercial Vehicles have fallen, Commerce Ministry

The Commerce and Industry Ministry is proposing phasing out of trucks which are older than 15 years to drive sales of new ones in the wake of a demand slump in the domestic market.
"In the last quarter, production of heavy commercial vehicles have fallen. So, we will request the minister (Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel) to think of an incentive scheme for replacing trucks which are more than 15 years old," Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Saurabh Chandra said here today at a CII function.
Patel was also present at the CII Manufacturing Summit.

Chandra also asked the industry to join hands with the government in this initiative by providing "part funding".

According to Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) production of medium and heavy commercial vehicles (M&HCV) declined by 21.2% in the April-July period this fiscal to 93,016 units as against the same period last fiscal.

The same for light commercial vehicles (LCVs) were, however, up by 8.27% to 1,71,719 units during the period.

Total commercial vehicles (CV) production was down by 4.30% to 2,64,735 units during April-July this year as compared to the same period last fiscal.

In terms of sales, during April-July period M&HCV clocked 89,226 units, down 12.75% compared to the same period last fiscal.

However, sales of total CVs grew marginally by 4.74% during the period to 2,48,223 due to good performance from LCVs which stood at 1,58,997 units, up 18.02% as compared to the same period last fiscal.