MG Group, one of India’s
largest bus building companies unveiled the company’s first special application
coach (tarmac coach) – ‘Columbus’ at Busworld India 2016. The coach was
unveiled at the hands of R. V. Deshpande, Minister for Large and Medium Scale
Industries, Infrastructure Development, Government of Karnataka along with
Mohan V. Kamat, Founder & Chairman - MG Group and Anil M. Kamat, Managing
Director – MG Group.
'Columbus' is the first-of-its-kind, fully monocoque
ultra-low flat-floor tarmac coach developed currently for international markets
with a passenger entry floor height at as low as 290 mm (after kneeling). With
its smartly designed cabin space, the coach offers swift passenger entry and
exit with five passenger doors (3 at LH side & 2 at RH side). With reliable
drive line aggregates like ZF and Cummins, a fully composite and leak-proof
roof panel and soothing interiors beautifully lit with LEDs, making it a
product of Global Standards. The 12 metre-long coaches can accommodate 70
passengers (8 seated & 62 standees). Equipped with the latest technologies
such as ECAS, ABS, & CAN bus systems, the coach is fully complied with
Airport Handling Manual regulations.
The Indian market currently
demands about 50 coaches per year, which is expected to grow as aged Tarmac
Coach fleet are also due for replacement. Leading airlines have also placed
record order sizes for aircraft, which in turn, will increase the demand for
Tarmac Coaches. Tier-2 City Airports under focus will also boost the demand of
Tarmac Coaches. Columbus coach will be initially introduced for the export
markets and will use the Bus World 2016 platform to take critical feedback from
Indian customers with a goal to introduce it in the domestic market in the near
The Group also launched its
Flagship Premium Luxury Coach ‘Mammoth’ for the Indian market. The coach is
already being produced for International markets since its unveiling last year
at Busworld 2015 held in Mumbai, and MG Group is now introducing this product
in the domestic market. The ‘Mammoth’ has also been fully designed and
developed by MG Group.
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