Pune based automotive major Force Motors (India’s largest
van maker) showcased three grounds-up new platforms at the Auto Expo –The Motor
Show 2020 that is being held from Feb 05 to Feb 12, 2020. On display was an
100% electric variant on their flagship Traveller platform.
The company also displayed the range of engines produced
for leading car majors like Mercedes, BMW and Rolls-Royce Power Systems.
The main attraction at the stall was the next generation
shared mobility platform that was unveiled a fortnight back at Pune. Code named the T1N, this new platform has
been simultaneously designed and developed for both Internal Combustion Engines
and 100% Electric Drive. Both the Diesel and the 100% electric variant were on
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A 51-seater (first of its kind) and the school bus
variant of the 33-seater Traveller Monobus range were also on display. The
popular people mover in the hinterland Trax gets a total makeover. Three
variants on this grounds-up next generation modular utility vehicle platform
- A people mover variant - CRUISER
- A cargo variant – KARGOKING
- An Off-road/ Recreational variant - GURKHA
All the above variants are modular in nature with
multiple wheel base options and body configurations. This new platform comes
with an all new chassis, suspension, body and interiors. This platform has been
developed keeping in mind all aspects of convenience, safety (crash
compliance), ergonomics, drivability and passenger environment.
Also, on display was the Traveller SMARTCITIBUS operated by B.E.S.T. that is bringing about a paradigm shift in the way commuters in Mumbai cover the last mile. These air-conditioned buses with comfortable seating for 21 persons are being preferred by the commuters over the shared autos, shared taxis, traditional large buses to move from their residence to the metro station and place of work.
Prasan Firodia, Managing Director, Force Motors said, “The customer expectations and aspirations are rapidly changing, we have tried to develop in house grounds up next generation platforms in all the segments that we operate in. We are confident that both domestic and international customers will welcome our new offerings.”
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