India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) showcased its all-new range of BharatBenz
vehicles. On display were over a dozen medium and heavy duty trucks, and buses
updated inside and out. The new product portfolio, compliant with BSVI, is now
available for pre-bookings and will be introduced depending on the fuel
availability in each region.
has already begun receiving orders from customers. Daimler’s new generation of
CVs offers ‘ProfitTechnology+’, a package of technologies and features ensuring
industry-leading fuel efficiency, safety, comfort and reliability. With the new
generation of BharatBenz trucks, DICV moves away from the traditional tonnage
classification. Instead it will focus on creating ‘the best truck for every
need’, customizing vehicles for use applications and targeting specific sectors
such as e-commerce.
among the technologies showcased was Proserv, its customer service digital
platform, and the new telematics solutions ‘Truckonnect’ and ‘Bus Connect’.
These connectivity-enhancing services allow operators to track and analyse
their vehicles in real time. The benefits of this include improved fleet and
fuel management, reduced running costs, increased utilization of assets and
improved driver performance.
Proserv application is enabled with 65+ features including advance booking,
parts ordering, renewal of contracts, extended warranty, insurance, fleet
maintenance, 24x7 RSA and integration with all types of online payment options
bringing everything for the customer at their fingertips.
new BharatBenz range introduces numerous new features. The exteriors get a bold
and solid styling and are equipped with a distinctive front grille with a bumper
spoiler, giving the trucks a mighty look. The cabins are more comfortable,
thanks to air suspended seats. The vehicle comes with soft cruise control that
helps drivers maintain a constant speed and thereby improves fuel efficiency.
The instrument cluster will also have a gear-shift advisory, bringing more
awareness to driving in the right gear.
buses will come with the new future-ready electrical and electronic
architecture ‘ETec’ that offers an advanced human interface, easy fault detection,
chassis-body CAN interface, and next generation electronics.
Connect will cater to both passengers and operators. Passengers will be able to
select routes, get tracking alerts, access onboard entertainment and also earn
reward miles. Operators will get fleet summaries and dashboards with reports
that will improve fleet administration.
BharatBenz trucks and buses will be powered by the OM926 engine and 4D34i. The key differentiator in technology will be
the after treatment systems used in the vehicles. BharatBenz trucks come with
up to 6 years standard warranty and industry-best extended warranty upto 8
years. The trucks will have service intervals up to 20 percent longer and will
reduce maintenance cost significantly by up to six percent.
new range further achieves BSVI compliance months ahead of the government’s
April 2020 deadline. DICV leveraged Daimler’s global network of technological
expertise to quickly and efficiently localize proven EURO6 technologies for use
in the Indian market. With an investment of around INR 500 crore, DICV
developed new facilities and over 1000 new parts for BSVI, all while achieving
localization above 80%.
addition to completing over 5.2 million kilometers of BSVI testing in India,
DICV is also gearing up its after-sales network with learnings from other
markets. These competencies have been incorporated into training modules at its
dealerships, which now spread across India with over 235 customer touch points
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