The 4th Bus & Special
Vehicle show organised by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers at the
India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, near Delhi from January 15 to 17, 2015 got off
to a great start with several launches by leading OEMs in commercial vehicle
segment. The show was inaugurated by Ambuj Sharma, Additional Secretary, Department
of Heavy Industry. Footfalls to the show were more than average on the first
day of the show.
While Ashok Leyland launched
the Versa EV, its first-ever electric bus, Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata
Motors displayed their range of school buses. Car makers General Motors and
Renault displayed their utility vehicles. Isuzu Motors displayed a mobile
service vehicle based on the D-Max space cab. Force Motors had on display the
Gurkha and a Tempo Traveller school bus, while Mitsubishi had a Pajero Sports
vehicle on display. Toyota Kirloskar Motors displayed the HiAce commercial
vehicle that it hopes to bring into India in the second half of 2015 in CBU
ASHOK LEYLAND: The company unveiled its first zero emission, electric bus - Optare Versa EV. Ideal for
feeder, airport tarmac and intra-city applications, the Versa EV, the low-floor
electric bus, minimises environmental impact, including zero emissions and zero
noise; whilst matching the performance of a diesel vehicle. With its low-weight
integral structure, Versa EV can accommodate up to 44 seats, optimising seating
without consequent compromises in fuel efficiency and maneuverability.
Available in lengths of 9.7m, 10.4m, 11.1m and 11.8m, Versa EV remains
incredibly agile on the tightest roads.
“With increased awareness and
sensitivity around environment safety and carbon footprints, the timing for the
introduction of an electric bus is optimal. Versa EV is ideally placed to help
deliver on our Government’s commitment to make urban transport efficient and
reduce our country’s carbon footprint. We are one of the largest provider of
electric and hybrid buses in the world and today we are proud to bring this to
India to help India move up the path of efficient, comfortable, responsible and
sustainable urban transport” said T. Venkataraman- Sr. Vice President, Global
Buses, Ashok Leyland.
Ashok Leyland also presented
the 12m FESLF CNG (front-engine, semi low-floor, compressed natural gas) and
the MiTR School bus at the SIAM show.
FORCE MOTORS: The company showcased their new Traveller School. The
range of “No Tension” school buses, offered by Force Motors, starts from the 13
seater Trax Cruiser to the 26 seater Traveller 26.
Force Motors School Buses shall now be available
across the country with the innovative “Child Bus Tracker” (CBT) facility as an
option. The CBT is a feature which is aimed at enhancing the safety of school
children while enroute to and from schools. The CBT gives parents, school
administrators and operators option to track movement of the bus, get boarding
and de-boarding alerts, and also get real time alerts on route deviation. It is also equipped with a RFID scanner which
sends alerts when a child boards an incorrect bus and enables the school
authorities to initiate immediate corrective actions.
The top end version of CBT includes cameras
that can stream live videos of the bus interiors to parents, school
administrators and school bus contractors ensuring much needed peace of mind.
The Force School buses meet the latest child safety regulations and are truly
“No Tension” school buses.
The Force Motors School Buses are available
nationally at the dealerships and the prices range from Rs. 6.20 lakh for the
13+ D Trax Cruiser to Rs. 12.40 lalkh for the Traveller 26 CNG (ex-showroom
Delhi). Diesel as well CNG versions are available for both.
Also on display were the new Super Luxury 15
seater Traveller, an Emergency Fire Tender cum Rescue Vehicle built on the
Traveller platform and the Extreme Off-Roader Gurkha.
TATA MOTORS: The company launched
‘Tata Skoolman’, a telematics based tracking solution, aimed at addressing
pressing concerns over student safety during school bus travel. Tata Skoolman will
be a standard fitment on the Tata Ultra range of school buses and will also be
available for fitment on other models of school buses in the after-market.
Taking the initiative of
school bus safety forward, Tata Motors also launched the all new ‘Ultra BS3 –
Safe School Bus’, equipped with Tata Skoolman.
Besides providing a host of
safety features, Tata Skoolman also makes it convenient for parents to track
the arrival and departure of their children in real time (through SMS alerts),
live tracking on a map or via a mobile phone application. Tata Skoolman also
provides an effective fleet management tool for schools/bus fleet operators to
plan bus routes better and manage their school bus fleet more effectively.
Commenting on the occasion,. R
Ramakrishnan, Senior Vice President, Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, Tata
Motors said, “Safety of children is of paramount importance to Tata Motors as
it is to parents who entrust them in the hands of schools every day. In our
endeavour to make School transit safer, Tata Motors are proud to announce the
launch of the Tata SKOOLMAN telematics system and the Tata Ultra Safe School Bus here today. We are confident
that these products will represent a giant step towards ensuring safe transit
for school children”.
Apart from technology and
safety related features, Tata Motors is also working with all stake holders
involved in School Bus travel (students, parents, school bus attendants), to
sensitise them towards accident prevention and tackling emergency situations
through various School Bus Safety programs. Building on the activity, Tata
Motors recently conducted the ‘Dream it to win it’ essay writing competition
& ‘Hamare Bus Ki Baat Hai’ (also called Good Citizen campaign) at various
schools across the country.
Hamare Bus Ki Baat Hai: Tata
Motors recently trained 15,000 school bus staff on school bus safety across 41
cities, 295 schools, through 302 sessions, under the 'Hamare Bus Ki Baat Hai'
school bus safety program. 'Hamare Bus Ki Baat Hai' began in 2013 with
interactive sessions designed with the objective of sensitizing school bus
staff, on the safety of children during school bus travel. Furthering this
initiative, Tata Motors now aims at sensitizing parents about the 'Hamare Bus
Ki Baat Hai' initiative to better understand actual safety concerns during
school bus travel, in turn prompting parents to impart behavioral training
during school bus travel and to take necessary measures in case of accidents,
also giving caregivers time to react and helps keep children safe.
TOYOTA KIRLOSKAR MOTOR: The company showcased the Hiace at the bus
show. It was first displayed at the 12th Auto Expo last year. The Hiace is
equipped with the famous Toyota D4 -D engine and a 4-speed automatic
transmission which ensures a hassle free drive for long distances, over the
years. In addition to adhering Toyota’s strict performance and quality
requirements, specific standards have been established for the Hiace to ensure
reliability and durability under the harshest conditions.
Regarded as the epitome of
Toyota’s globally renowned “Quality Durability Reliability” across the globe,
the Hiace is sold in more than 140 countries in the world. The Hiace has been
developed to withstand various climates, roads, and usage conditions. It comes
with a seating capacity for 10 passengers (including driver) in a configuration
of 4 rows and an ample luggage space.
N Raja, Director & Senior
Vice President (Sales & Marketing), Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. said;
“We have been continuously studying the market for customer preferences and
thus based on customer needs we are showcasing the Toyota Hiace- a product with
premium features at the 4th Bus and Special Vehicle Show. The Hiace is sold in
140 countries and has clocked sales of around 6 million units across the world.
We are showcasing the Hiace for our potential business customers. The Hiace
will be the first of its kind offering from Toyota in India. Like all other
Toyota vehicles, the Hiace is equally designed to provide unparalleled
satisfaction in terms of comfort and safety”.
GENERAL MOTORS: The company
had on display the Chevrolet Enjoy ‘Luxury Edition’, which is aimed at those
who want an exclusive and luxurious MPV experience. This DC designed vehicle has
a restrained high-class exterior with a unique fascia and Burnished Caramel
color. The interior has exclusive trims and amenities. They include a modern
full-screen television, leather-upholstered fully reclining and adjustable
seats, a fully functional chiller unit, and multifunctional trays and tables.
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