Eicher Commercial Vehicles, a joint venture company of Eicher Group and Volvo
Group of Sweden will soon be introducing an Automated Manual Transmission truck
in the medium duty truck segment in the country. The new VECV Pro 3016 AMT
model will be India’s first AMT truck in this segment. The only instance of an
AMT coming into the truck territory was when Ashok Leyland had introduced the
AMT in their Dost LCVs which failed to take off in a big way.
But an AMT in the mid duty segment is expected to bring about a revolution in the Indian trucking industry. Truckers in India, unlike those in developed countries have always led miserable lives, thanks to outdated technologies, bad infrastructure, horribly made truck interiors and lots of other reasons. All that could change with the new Eicher Pro 3016 AMT.
3.8 litre 4Cyl 4V CRS engine with Volvo group EMS 3.0
ET40S6 / AMT ( 6 Forward, 1 Reverse) - 115CD
leaf spring with ARB & shock absorber Optional : Semi Elliptic leaf
Elliptic Leaf Spring
(Service) Full air brake
with auto shock absorber at all wheels and with APDA
(Exhaust) Dual Circuit, Full Air S cam
– 16PR (Standard radial Tyres)
L / 395 L
Body Length (ft) 20/24/31.5
Body Width 2332mm/7.6ft
Motown India got a chance to drive this
truck at the Pithampur plant of VECV in Madhya Pradesh. Like a car, this AMT
too has the feature of an Auto Mode as well as a manual mode. On the AMT gear
lever, you have two buttons on either side. One is the N which means Neutral,
the other is the F button which means function.
this is an AMT, there is no clutch pedal. Instead there is a dead pedal where
your left foot rests. Once you gently press the F button on the right side of
the gear lever, you need to shift this lever to the front thereby putting the
vehicle in the Drive mode. A backward movement of the gear lever means the
vehicle gets into the reverse gear. All these commands are reflected on the
digital screen in front.
near the gear lever on the floor console, you have three buttons which are
marked C, E/P and M/A. The C means crawler mode, E/P denotes Eco and Power
modes and M/A denotes Manual and Automatic modes. When the vehicle is in the
Manual mode you have to use the same lever which you shifted earlier to change
the gears as you do in a vehicle with manual gears. When it is in A or
Automatic mode, then all you need is to accelerate and steer the vehicle.
for the C button. You activate that button when you want the Crawler mode.
Crawler mode is ideal for steep inclines, especially in hilly areas. As for E
and P modes, well the Eco is for getting the best fuel average because your
power and torque are controlled and you are in no hurry to reach your destination.
P is activated when you need to move faster. It is common knowledge that the
turnaround time is faster using the P mode.
AMT technology offers a whole host of advantages for the driver. There is less
fatigue for the driver. The mileage also improves because AMT ensures smarter
driving than driving with manual transmission. And of course fuel efficiency is
at its best with an AMT truck. The risk of accidents due to driver mistakes
reduces with an AMT as the driver is less tired. AMT also eliminates the error of wrong gear
there are drivers who are not so skilled and who use the manual gears wrongly.
This not only brings down fuel efficiency, damaging the gear box and even
damaging the goods inside the vehicle because of all the jerks etc. All this
leads to high maintenance for the truck operator.
from the crawler mode to carry heavy loads and travel steep inclines, this new
VECV Pro 3016 AMT comes with a hill start assist which prevents vehicle roll
back. The vehicle also comes with a Launching Kick-down feature. Kick down is
the rate of change of pedal position and this feature activates when the driver
taps the full throttle at a higher rate than defined for kick down. You cannot
afford to have mindless acceleration for trucks. Trucks with heavy loads have
to take off from stationery position very steadily.
is also another feature called Running kick down. This feature comes into play
while the vehicle is running and useful for overtaking the vehicle.
vehicle has a large sleeper cabin just behind the driver seat which is meant
for the driver to rest. It is like a small bedroom for the driver when he has
to relax. As for driving comfort, the vehicle has large ORVMs on either side
which can be adjusted manually. The one on his left has a mirror on top that
helps him to get a clear picture of the floor level and it comes handy when he
is parking the vehicle close to the kerb. The truck has a cruise control
This new Pro 3016 AMT is powered by an E494
3.8 litre 4 valve 4 Cylinder CRS SCR Technology BSIV Engine delivering 165 HP @
2600 rpm and 520 Nm @ 1400-1600 rpm Torque. The engine is mated to an ET40S6
AMT. It is a 6-speed gearbox.
The Pro 3016 AMT comes with Volvo group’s
Engine Management System EMS 3.0, Fuel Coaching, Cruise Control, IDIS –
Intelligent Driver Information Systems and Advanced on board Diagnostics. IDIS
helps to gauge the driving ability of the driver. The EPS or the Engine
Protection System helps protect the engine through a series of error sign codes
which are displayed on the instrument panel. The driver seat is adjustable for
distance, height, forward and backward tilt. The steering wheel is also
adjustable for tilt and is telescopic.
vehicle has a Gross vehicle weight or gvw of 16200 kgs or 16.2T. As per the
government’s new definition this is now 18.2T which means it can carry legally
a weight of 11.5 tonnes as against 10.2 Tonnes earlier. The front axle consists
of forged reverse Elliot, while the rear is a 395DH heavy duty full floating.
The ladder type design of the chassis has a modular frame. The front suspension
consists of a parabolic leaf spring with anti roll bar while the rear
suspension consists of a siemi elliptic leaf spring with helpers.
this new VECV Pro 3016 is suitable for applications such as eCommerce, Consumer
Goods, Parcel & Courier, Pharmaceuticals, Industrial Goods, Agriculture
produce, Poultry and Dairy products. Finally Indian truck drivers have a more
efficient truck to look forward to.
let me tell you that this truck comes with a tiltable cab which means accessing
the engine and transmission area is so easy. In fact it is so easy to tilt the
cab that even a petite lady can do this physically. Also it is very easy for
any person, whether a man or a woman, short or tall, to climb up into the
driver seat. There are two steps for doing so.
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