Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
(M&M) has rolled out 100,000 units of its Jeeto mini-truck platform since
its launch in 2015. Jeeto is the ideal mini truck for business needs as it
helps in the last-mile transportation of goods.
Produced at Mahindra’s state
of the art manufacturing facility in Zaheerabad, Telengana, the Jeeto was
launched in eight variants that addressed varied customer needs. The Jeeto
offers superior product performance, enhanced safety, lower maintenance, and
30% better mileage that guarantees more profit to the customer.
Speaking on this achievement,
Veejay Ram Nakra, Chief of Sales & Marketing, Automotive Division, Mahindra
& Mahindra Ltd. noted, “This is a very proud moment for us. Jeeto has been
a game changer in last mile distribution with its modular range, unmatched
versatility and superior efficiency to haul goods across different segments.
With 30% more mileage, it has delivered superior value & fulfilled the
brand promise of bringing prosperity into the lives of its customers by
enabling them to earn more. With over one lakh vehicles produced on the Jeeto
platform over the past 3 years, it is a testament to Mahindra’s focus on
developing best in class products”.
Launched in June 2015, Jeeto
Load is the first ever product in its category with a modular range of eight
mini-trucks to cater to the varied needs of the sub 1 tone load segment
customers. The diesel variant of the Jeeto is available in S, L & X series
and caters to 3-wheeler, micro-truck and mini-truck customers. Jeeto is
available in a CNG powered version as well.
Jeeto has been designed for
refined performance and delivers fuel efficiency of up to 33.4 km/l, which is the
best in this segment. Jeeto is also quite popular in the e-commerce industry,
Swacch Bharat Mission & other captive segments.
Proud of our Heritage, Leading
Today, Ready for the Future. That is the overall DAF theme at the IAA 2018,
which will be held from September 20 to 27, 2018 in Hanover, Germnay. DAF
Trucks will showcase its innovation capabilities throughout its 90 year
history, which is illustrated by the classic DAF A1600 from 1967 through to the
future DAF CF Electric Innovation truck – both of which will be displayed on
the DAF Trucks stand in Hall 17. A prominent position will be taken by DAF’s
latest LF, CF and XF ranges, setting the industry benchmark in quality,
reliability and fuel efficiency.
DAF celebrates its 90th
anniversary this year. Starting as a small workshop in Eindhoven, the company
has grown into the premier truck manufacturer in Europe. DAF’s heavy-duty market
share in Europe grew from 15.3% in 2017 to 16.5% in the first half of this
year. DAF Trucks is the heavy duty market leader in the United Kingdom, the
Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic and Hungary, and is
Europe’s market leader in the tractor segment. DAF is the number 1 import brand
in Germany, Europe’s largest truck market.
The DAF vehicles on display at the IAA include
the LF for distribution transport, the versatile CF for a wide variety of
applications and the flagship XF for heavy and on-highway transport. The LF
distribution truck was awarded ‘Fleet Truck of the Year 2018’ in the United
Kingdom. The new CF and XF were voted ‘International Truck of the Year 2018’
thanks to a number of technical innovations, resulting in 7% fuel efficiency
improvement, setting the benchmark in the industry.
The CF and XF are the leading
tractors. DAF will also be showing its vocational vehicles, including the new
lightweight CF 8x4 mixer chassis and the unique 6x2 CF with BDF frame for
demountable bodies available from the factory for maximum quality, vehicle
availability and efficiency.
CF Electric Innovation Truck
Alongside the LF, CF and XF,
DAF shows one of its Innovation Trucks: the DAF CF Electric. The CF Electric is
a 4x2 tractor unit developed for up to 40-tonne GCW distribution applications
within urban areas. The vehicle uses VDL’s advanced E-Power Technology for
fully electric operation. The center of the intelligent powertrain is the 210
kW electric motor drawing energy from the 170 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The
CF Electric has a range of approximately 100 kilometers – suitable for high
volume distribution applications. Fast charging of the batteries can be
performed in 30 minutes, while a full charge can be completed in as little as
1.5 hours. First series of CF Electric trucks will be put into field test
operation with customers this year.
90th Anniversary Edition
One of the eye-catchers at the
IAA is the DAF XF 90th Anniversary Edition. This highly exclusive truck
commemorates the founding of DAF in 1928. The vehicle features a premium
options package, exclusive striping and exterior design elements, as well as
the most powerful 530 hp/390 kW PACCAR MX-13 engine. DAF’s famous historic logo
is proudly displayed on the front of the truck, on the sides and back of the
cab, as well as in the luxurious, fully leather upholstered interior.
COMMERCIAL VEHICLES 2018
Friedrichshafen AG, a leading global technology group and supplier of mobility
systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, has announced
that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wabco for $136.50
per share for a total equity value of approximately $7 billion (Rs 48,514 crore
approx.) The closing is expected for early 2020
planned acquisition has been approved by ZF’s Management Board and Supervisory
Board and Wabco’s Board of Directors. Together, ZF and WABCO will form a
leading global integrated mobility systems provider for commercial vehicles,
creating added value for ZF’s commercial vehicle customers. The combined
company will have sales of approximately Euros 40 billion (Rs 3,11,194 crore).
is a leading global supplier of braking control systems, technologies and
services that improve safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial
vehicles including trucks, buses and trailers. Its diverse products and
services include integrated braking systems and stability control, air
suspension systems, transmission automation controls, as well as aerodynamics,
telematics, and fleet management solutions. Wabco, which is listed on the New
York Stock Exchange (NYSE), generated Euros 3.3 billion in revenues in 2018 and
has some 16,000 employees in 40 countries.
Scheider, CEO of ZF, said: “We believe that, together with Wabco, ZF can form
the world’s leading integrated systems provider for commercial vehicle
technology, creating long-term value and security for its customers, employees
and owners. For ZF the acquisition of a specialist and leader for commercial
vehicle braking systems means adding a stable and growing business segment and
enables our existing commercial vehicle division to expand its expertise in vehicle
dynamics control. This will create the foundation for ZF to offer comprehensive
systems for safe and automated mobility solutions for passengers and goods to
our customers. This is also in the best interest of our owners, the Zeppelin
Foundation and the Dr. Jürgen and Irmgard Ulderup Foundation, as the
transaction will result in a sustainable strengthening of ZF.”
Esculier, Chairman and CEO of Wabco, said: “Joining forces with highly
respected ZF will create a leading global technology company well positioned to
capitalise on future demand for autonomous, efficient and connected commercial
vehicles. We have a long history of successful collaboration to develop
innovative technologies with ZF with both companies sharing an uncompromising
drive for excellence, passion for innovation, and exceptional customer focus.”
Combination of successful and complementary
planned acquisition is part of ZF’s Next Generation Mobility strategy and will
expand the company’s expertise to include commercial vehicle braking solutions
for the first time. This plays a central role for the control of automated
driving functions – including emergency braking manoeuvres of trucks and
trailers. Following the acquisition, customers of both companies will have a
partner in ZF who can offer them a fully integrated system approach, new drive
systems for E-Mobility and autonomous driving functions. ZF expects that
automated driving functions will primarily be implemented for commercial
vehicles and in areas with low complexity and traffic (e.g. factory sites,
airports, agriculture). The combination of both businesses is expected to
further accelerate the development of new technologies to enable autonomous
commercial vehicle functions, making ZF less dependent on the economic cycle of
the passenger car industry.
planned strategic acquisition of Wabco is consistent with ZF’s goal to develop
and deliver technology solutions that make cars and commercial vehicles see,
think and act in order to reduce emissions and increase road safety. While ZF
already has sensor systems and computing technology for its “see“ and “think”
competence, together with Wabco, ZF will in future be completing the portfolio
for commercial vehicle technologies to offer solutions to allow vehicles to
“act”. ZF is already a leading supplier in the area of steering and driveline
Konstantin Sauer, CFO of ZF, said: “The intended strategic acquisition of Wabco
comes at a good time for ZF. Following the successful integration of TRW, ZF
has significantly reduced its debt levels. In fact, we overachieved in
delivering our debt reduction targets. Wabco is a healthy and growing company
with a strong cash flow profile that makes it a seamless fit with ZF and
supports the implementation of our strategy.”
transaction is subject to regulatory approvals, other customary closing
conditions and shareholder approval with more than 50 percent of Wabco’s outstanding
shares. ZF expects to close the transaction in the beginning of 2020.Due to the
cash flow profile of both parties, ZF expects to reduce financial leverage
significantly again following the completion of the transaction.
Source: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Seiki Mobility, part of Anglian Omega Group of companies and the Foundation for
Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT), Delhi – an industry interface organisation
established by the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD) signed a
memorandum of understanding (MoU) for joint working on electric vehicle
technologies and advanced research.
collaboration will be primarily aimed at innovating alternate energy powered
vehicles and other emerging technologies in EV space, including efficiency and
performance improvement of Omega Seiki Mobility’s existing vehicles.
signing of the MoU, Uday Narang, Chairman, Anglian Omega Group said “We are
excited to collaborate with FITT for exploring the valuable resources in
alternative energy powered vehicles and other emerging technologies in the EV
industry. Partnering with the best premier technical and research university
will not only contribute to India but to the whole world, through excellence in
scientific and technical education and research will ultimately serve as a
treasured resource for industry and society as a whole.”
Anil Wali, Managing Director of FITT said that “E-mobility has arrived in
India. This is a milestone occasion as it brings together two parties from
different walks of life, who has the potential to work jointly towards this
Global Disruption of Electric Mobility”
strategic collaboration between OSM and FITT will leverage Omega Seiki Mobility
in terms of design, simulation, product development, prototyping and production
of automotive components and full vehicle development of 2, 3, 4-wheel electric
vehicles. OSM will be making its vehicles, design & manufacturing
facilities and lab available for any prototyping, testing or sample
manufacturing as part of this collaboration which will eventually subsidise
FITT thus contributing in scientific and technical research on Electric
specific list of cooperation areas and targets to achieve has been set by both
the parties under this MOU.
Area of cooperation
Part of vehicle
Target to achieve
Battery & BMS
Chemistry and materials selection for Li-Ion battery.
Thermal management of Li-Ion battery in Indian climatic
Charge/discharge rate and performance, life enhancement.
Communication with the vehicle control system.
Selection and design of Motor.
Drive train design.
In-wheel motor technology development.
Power electronics-baseddesign and development of EVs.
New charging system development for EVs Protocol and
Telematics to capture vehicle data, user’s data on real time
Overall vehicle architecture
Design and simulation of chassis, body. FEA for suspension.
Battery & Drivetrain
How to achieve higher km/wh. End of life battery usage.
Efficiency enhancement of drivetrain. NVH reduction.
Mileage increase to 300 km single charge.
Seiki Mobility launched Rage & Rage+ on Auto Expo 2020, which will
primarily cater to the B2B segment. The introduction of the vehicles will usher
a whole new concept in emission-free cargo transportation and people movement.
Going forward, the cargo vehicle will provide a much-needed impetus to
companies in the B2B and ecommerce segment.
Omega Seiki will be rolling out electric two-wheelers by Diwali this year and
electric pickup trucks within the next three years. Uday Narang said that the
agreement over reducing dependency on China for components should be treated as
a positive opportunity to make India a global component supply source.
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