Mercedes X-Class Premium Pickup To Be Unveiled On July 18th Teased!
Mercedes-Benz Unveiled their very first premium pickup concept towards the end of 2016. It even received new ‘X’ initial branding as well. Although there is no chance of it launching in our Indian market yet, we sincerely wish that this beautiful Pick-Up truck makes its presence felt on our Indian soil sometimes soon.
Although the pickup truck market is not yet flourished in our Indian market, they are quite popular in the markets of Argentina, Brazil and South America. The car will enter production towards late 2017 and will launch in the markets of Europe followed by the rest of the world.
As far as the styling is concerned the soon to be introduced X Class looks identical to the Concept it gets a bold looking front grille which looks like it has taken inspiration from the GLS SUV. It further also features a skid plate horizontal bars and a big hood at the front end. A V6 engine will power the X-Class Pickup truck. The SUV will also get Mercedes like LED headlamps along with LED daytime running lamps. The Pickup truck shares the same ladder frame chassis with the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan.
The new X-Class pickup truck will be made available four-door double cab design and will get a carrier deck attached to the back. Like you already know by now that this will be a premium offering and thus expect the interior to be loaded with high-quality materials like Nappa leather, aluminium and also wood inside.
The X-Class pickup truck will most probably be powered by a V6 motor which will be paired to an automatic gearbox. The gearbox will send all that power to the four wheels of the vehicle via the 4Matic all-wheel drive system.
Renault Duster Oroch Patented In India Could This Mean The Launch Is Near?
According to the earlier reports, Renault was planning to introduce a pickup truck in India, and those rumors now seem to be coming true. Only today Gaadiwaadi has released a patented image of the Duster Oroch Pickup truck. Yes! Duster Oroch is the same vehicle that built for the South American market and was showcased at the Brazil Auto show almost two years ago.
The reports also suggest that Renault has patented the image in India. Now like we all know India has never been a Pickup truck friendly market, but there is obviously some competition that Renault will have to face if they consider launching the Oroch in India. Last year when CEO and MD Mr Sumit Sawhney was asked whether there were any plans to introduce the Pickup Truck for the domestic market his reply was a big No. However, it seems like Renault might change their mind soon.
India already has some lifestyle pickup trucks from the likes of Mahindra and Isuzu. However, the Duster Oroch could create an amount of interest mainly keeping the popularity of the Duster in mind.
ABB Group Develops Innovative 15 Second Flash Charging Technology To Support E-Buses In Geneva
For those who are not quite aware of what ABB group does let us inform you that ABB group provides range of innovative technologies to support mobility applications such as railways, metros and electric buses and vehicles. Apart from serving the transportation and Infrastructure ABB group also supports utilities and industries. Their next strategy is to work on sustainable mobility. This group has been involved heavily with the transportation sector of Switzerland and their technology has actually helped develop and power the recently developed 57 km Gotthard base tunnel which runs through the Alps and also happens to be world’s longest railway tunnel.
Their recent 15 seconds flash charging technology which has been developed by them has actually the potential to transform the fate of urban public transportation system. These first charging stations can actually takes less than 1 second to connect the fully electric busses to the charging station and it can charge upto 600 kilowatts of battery within just 15 seconds. While top fully charge the battery the power station actually takes just 4 to 5 minutes. This new and innovative technology was developed in Switzerland by the ABB engineers.
The ABB group has also received orders to supply total of more than $16 million by Transports Publics Genevois (TPG), Geneva’s public transport operator, and Swiss bus manufacturer HESS, to provide this new innovative flash charging and on-board electric vehicle technology for 12 TOSA (Trolleybus Optimisation Système Alimentation) fully electric buses (e-buses) which will run on Line 23, connecting Geneva’s airport with suburban Geneva. These E-buses actually help save an amazing 1000 tonne of carbon dioxide emission which are caused by diesel buses in a year.
Will This Volvo Truck Will Be Able To Pull 750 Tonnes Of Load Alone: Video
This is an extremely rare video which you actually don’t get to watch everyday, because in this video you get to watch a Volvo FH16 truck pulling 750 Tonnes of load and is guided or driven by Worlds strongest man title winner Magnus Samuelsson. The whole stunt is also witnessed by experienced trucking journalist Brian Weatherley.
The whole stunt takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden and watch as this Volvo truck along with the guidance of the World’s strongest man pulls a 300-meter long road train? The Volvo FH16 truck comes with i-shift with crawler gears which helps the person driving the trick to pull loads of upto 325 tonnes. This is definitely one of the craziest stunts you will ever see. The truck definitely fails to pull the load at the first attempt because of some technical failure but does it manages to pull the load in the second attempt is what we will find in the video.
Watch this one of a kind stunt and at the end you will surely be impressed by the result. Now remember this is a single series production truck trying to pull that entire load alone.
Volvo trucks are known for their capabilities to overcome the extreme situations. The Volvo FMX trucks are large tall trucks capable to perform off-roading duties. The video we got in our hand proves that vehemently. The truck in this video is a Volvo FMX and a 4 year old little girl is driving the truck. Well, she is not at the driver seat, but she is driving the large truck with help of a remote control. The truck is equipped with remote control devices for real time driving maneuvers.
As we saw, first the truck was hit by a large wooden crate, which couldn’t even make a dent on the truck. Then it performed various other off roading tasks. The girl even rolled the truck completely, which I think was not intentional, but the amazing fact is the truck was in very good shape after roll over and it started racing again hitting blockades, brick walls and other obstacles. This live test proves nothing but the toughness and great off-roading capabilities of the Volvo truck.
With successful two seasons under the sleeves Tata Motors is going to organize the third season of the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship 2016, which will take place on 20th March, 2016, at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC), Greater Noida. For the championship Tata Motors has already started the race training and selection program for the competing drivers.
In the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship 2016 there will be a race for Indian truck drivers for the first time. Like previous two seasons of 2014 and 2015, this time also six teams featuring 12 Tata Prima trucks will take part in the championship. The teams will consist of experienced international truck drivers. Tata Motors, the biggest commercial vehicle maker of India wants to make the truck driving profession aspirational and through this championship they want to attract drivers toward the profession. On the race day there will be two race categories, which are Superclass and Proclass. The Superclass category will comprise of Indian race truck drivers, while the Proclass category will be comprising of the international race truck drivers.
The T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship is organized by MMSC (Madras Motor Sports Club) and is inscribed on the calendars of FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) and FMSCI (the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India) making the event truly global. Commenting about the championship, Mr. Ravindra Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, has said, “Ever since it was first introduced in 2014, T1 has proved to be a great platform to showcase the prowess of the Indian commercial vehicles industry and that of Tata Motors, and Season III presents us with a great opportunity to launch our next big initiative – Indian Race Truck drivers.”
You think girls can’t drive? Really? After watching this video you will think twice. In Malaysia girl drifter Leona Chin is a well known name. The beautiful professional motorsport athlete took the opportunity to give a lesson to those guys, who think girls can’t drive. We are not talking about everyday commuting, but all the speedy and risky maneuvers.
So, what did she do? Leona disguised herself as a sales girl in one of the Mitsubishi showroom and offered test drives to the interested customers in a fifth generation Mitsubishi Triton L200 pickup truck. As Leona took the wheel from the viable customers, the guys seemed to become awestruck with her driving skills. Well, in the beginning of the video we saw one of the guys saying Leona, “You know how to handle this car? This is a man’s car you know.” At the end of the video Leona replied to him, “Who said girls cannot drive?” Pretty well fitting answer in a fast and furious manner I must say.
Tata Motors and Ashok Auto Sales jointly launched a new 3S facility at Firozabad, which will provide customers a complete experience of sales, service and spares, and all under one roof. This is one of the five facilities operated by Ashok Auto Sales.
The new facility is situated on a space of more than 5000 square meters. The facility comes equipped with 24 x 7 onsite customer support system, with full loaded mobile workshops. It also comes with facilities like availability of financing, insurance and loyalty programs, including annual maintenance contracts. And there is an exclusive customer lounge and resting facility for the drivers. The new facility comes located off the strategic Kolkata-Kanpur-Delhi highway.
Commenting on the launch of the facility, Mr. RT Wasan, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors, said, “With a deep understanding of the commercial vehicle business and the requirements of after-sales services and customer care, we are happy to strengthen our relationship with all our customers with the addition of the latest modern and fully equipped 3S facility here in Firozabad with one of our strongest and long standing channel partner in Ashok Auto Sales. With an aggressive customer centric approach of anticipating customer requirements, we work towards proactively taking steps to upgrade and enhance our sales and after sales network, to significantly increase customer convenience across the country, improve penetration, drive quality and build lasting relationships with all our customers.”
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. (DICV), which is cooperating with Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, Japan (MFTBC) under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia, launched their robust FUSO trucks in South Africa, making the country the 14th market since the export started in May 2013. Initially DICV will export the light to medium duty trucks and in future they will export more “built in India” trucks to South Africa. DICV is optimizing their research activities, product development and sourcing in Oragadam plant to provide reliable, efficient and quality products.
The latest technology equipped Daimler trucks are robust, fuel efficient, and the company is expecting that the trucks will meet the demand of the customers in South African market. Rigorous testing has been conducted under most strenuous driving conditions to ensure maximum reliability of the trucks. They are expecting FUSO FA 9-137 truck is set to dominate the light to medium duty truck segment.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Erich Nesselhauf, who is the Managing Director and CEO of Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, has said, “To export to South Africa is part of our global growth strategy and we are well on track with our export business. The trucks for South Africa are proven vehicles in many markets and will enhance business potential for our South African customers. The vehicle demonstrates trusted quality, economic efficiency and functional design and is set to capture the African market. The success of DICV built trucks across markets shows our proficiency in manufacturing trucks in India and which are customized to meet the diverse industry requirements.”
Tata Motors has launched their first and exclusive bus range dealership in Arumbakkam of Chennai, which is named as ‘Bus Zone’, Partnering with Janta Group India’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer has launched this facility.
This facility offers 3S for buses, which are sales, service and spares and it also comes with 24x7 customer support centre. There are various facilities available from this Zone which includes financing, insurance and loyalty programs, and also service contracts too.
‘Bus Zone’ has a dedicated bus display area for showcasing their new products. It is staffed by professional sales and service teams, offering dedicated bus services, with a customer lounge, conference rooms, including Wi-Fi connectivity too. It is equipped with 12 servicing bays and modern generation state of the art tools and equipments which enable faster service turnaround of Tata Motors buses. This facility also has overnight rest rooms for drivers and technicians. It comes with environment friendly Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP), electronic and bio-metric attendance systems and a service parking area, making it truly world-class.
‘Bus Zone’ will also provide Sales, Service and Spares support to Tata Motors bus customers in Thiruvallur, Kanchipuram, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Villupuram, Cuddalore areas, with suitable facilities in each of these cities.
Mr. Ravi Pisharody, the Executive Director, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors Ltd. has said, “Through exclusive bus centres like ‘Bus Zone’, we at Tata Motors are addressing specific and growing requirements of the Bus customer, a very important commercial vehicle customer segment; by offering world class sales and service support, exclusively for Bus chassis and Bus bodies, all under one roof, through dedicated dealerships. With one of the most comprehensive bus range, for present and future envisaged smart cities, we wish to build an equally specialized network, with an exclusive focus on passenger transportation. With one of the largest bus stations in Asia located right here, connecting millions of passengers each day, we couldn’t have chosen a better city than Chennai, to inaugurate our first exclusive bus range dealership.”
Tata Motor’s microvan Tata Magic crosses 3 lakh sales mark, which is quite a record for the popular last mile transport vehicle. Tata Magic presently holds 85% share of the small utility vehicle market. This small vehicle can be used for utility purposes such as carrying goods, while it can be successfully used as a small passenger transport vehicle too. According to Tata Motors, the Tata Magic comes with a vision to contribute towards the Smart Cities program by providing an all weather proof, stylish, four wheeler; which is also a safe and comfortable passenger carrier. This car comes better on emission.
Commenting on the occasion of Tata Magic crossing 3 lakh mark Mr. Ravi Pisharody, who is the Executive Director of Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, has said, “Today, with the achievement of 3,00,000 sales mark of the Tata Magic, we yet again, confidently testify the value and trust we offer to our customers. The Magic’s success is a testimony to our engineering excellence and strong customer orientation. With a market share of over 85%, Tata Magic has revolutionized the last mile passenger transport segment. We are proud and humbled by the immense support and trust provided by our customers which has helped us reach this milestone. With the largest and strong growing network in place, a continuous slew of upgrades, new launches and specific marketing interventions, we continue to be the dominant player and make huge strides in the Small Commercial Vehicle Industry.”
Mahindra group took an innovative venture to sell their cars, bikes and other automotive products. The e commerce is a booming sector in Indian market, and every other automobile manufacturer is trying to reach the customers through their dedicated website.
Recently Toyota launched their website www.toyotapartsconnect.in, which will sell automobile parts of Toyota cars online (Read it here). Mahindra seems to take one step further with their new website www.m2all.com, which will sell not only automobiles, but various other Mahindra products, and that too online. Customers can browse through more than 400 Mahindra products, which include Mahindra Cars, Mahindra two wheelers, Mahindra trucks, gensets, real estate etc. Not only that, they can order over 40 products from this website. Whenever the customers click and buy Mahindra products from this website, Mahindra dealers, distributors and logistics teams will come to help the delivery to the customer. Not only purchasing products, this website will cater the customers to avail Mahindra service too.
With the launch, this website is showcasing the new Mahindra compact SUV TUV300, and taking bookings for the car also. Besides that, this website is taking bookings for Mahindra two wheelers like Mahindra Centuro and Mahindra Gusto. This website has a facility by which customers can directly chat with Mahindra executives, who will answer queries of the customers.
Tata Motors completes delivery of 23 state of the art buses, to the Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd. of Goa. These 23 buses delivered at a flag-off ceremony held in Panaji, and it is a part of an order for a total of 43 buses placed by Kadamba Transport Corporation, and also this is a part of a larger order of 3400 buses. This order was secured by Tata Motors under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) phase - II.
These buses were designed by the Automobile Corporation of Goa Ltd. (ACGL), which is the subsidiary of the Tata Motors. These buses were designed and made for after keeping the passenger and driver safety and comfort in mind, and these buses were tested for best operating efficiencies for State Transport undertaking companies. All of these buses come with a new front facade, which is clearly noticeable from a distance. Not only this. All of these buses come with Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) as per UBS-II specifications, which will enable Tata Motors to monitor the performances in terms of number of trips and the off-road positions of these buses. This unique system will also signal pre scheduled maintenance via an On Board Diagnostics (OBD) system, which will be directly linked to the central control room server, via GPRS (General Packet Radio Services) and GPS (Global Positioning System). Through these systems the operator of these buses Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd. will be able to realign bus routes easily, which will direct the drivers and conductors on board the bus through the high quality LED destination boards installed on the buses.
These buses come with a floor height of 900 mm and a length between 9-12 meters, and offer seating capacity for 30–50 passengers.
Tata Motors has achieved a new feat by completing 1 billion kilometers on road with Delhi Transport Corporation in 7 years. DTC is one of largest CNG powered bus operator in the world, which operates both in and outside of Delhi.
Tata Motors DTC buses operate from 22 bus depots spread across New Delhi, ferrying more than 30 lakh passengers, covering approximately 4.70 lakh kilometers regularly, with a fleet availability of 96%, which is a world record in itself. They have a fleet of 2682 buses, which include low floor and semi floor A/C and Non A/C variants. DTC buses are the most popular means of public transport for intra city travel in Delhi. These buses have been catering to nearly 50% of the Delhi’s total commuters, and Tata Motors DTC buses have completed 1007127708 kilometers, as of August 15, 2015. In 2007, the Government of Delhi placed an order with Tata Motors to maintain 650 buses, which won another order to supply 2032 more buses to the DTC.
Various organizations use Tata Motors buses from DTC, for various significant ceremonies such as Independence Day, Republic Day and the Auto Expo. Tata Motors buses were also used to ferry national and international athletes, media persons and dignitaries during the 2010 Common Wealth Games in Delhi. This year also, Tata Motors buses were used during the visit of the President of the United States of America.
Mr. Ravi Pisharody, who is the Executive Director of Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors Ltd. was saying, “It is very gratifying to have competed over a billion DTC kilometers, a true testament to the durability and quality built into every Tata bus.” Commenting on this occasion, the Managing Director of Delhi Transport Corporation Shri C. R. Garg said, “Tata Motors’ buses have served the citizens of New Delhi well, providing the city with a range of buses of superior quality, ensuring smooth and comfortable transit for all.”
Renault is the leader in the European LCV market but are now looking to go global. They will launch their commercial vehicles at different markets around the world. The main focus is being given to the pickup truck segment as it contributes to 40 percent of LCV sales. Renault will launch their pick-ups in markets like Thailand and Australia.
The French manufacturer is closely observing the Indian commercial market to judge and enter it at the right time. They feel that the current composition is not attractive for them to enter now. Instead, they will wait for the market to mature. Japanese auto maker, Isuzu see the pickup truck market increasing to about 10 - 15 million units annually in less than 10 years and they have launched the D-Max 1 tonne pickup truck here. Another vehicle is expected to be launched next year.
Renault will soon have two pickups at their disposal. They recently launched a 1 tonne pickup called the Alaskan. It will go on sale next year. The other vehicle is the Duster Oroch, which is a 0.5 tonne twin cab pickup truck based on the popular compact SUV, the Duster. When Renault decides to enter the Indian commercial vehicles segment, the Oroch will be a popular choice to be the first vehicle released.
Mahindra has sold a total of 35, 634 units in August, 2015, which means they have just gained 1% sales growth comapared to the same period last year. Last year they were able to sell a total of 35, 180 units. Although in recent times Mahindra has seen a steep decline in their sales figure but this new statistics statistics are no where near satisfactory level, and just before the launch of their new SUV Mahindra TUV300, this is definietly no inspiring news for them.
The passenger vehicle sales have declined by 7%, while the utility vehicles and cars-vans segment too faced declination. The only segment which has actually seen some rise is MHCV, where they have seen some 21% growth. Along with that in the commercial vehicles segment they have gained by 5% sales growth. The three wheelers segment on the other hand has also seen a steep decline.
Mahindra has been a top player in the utility and SUV segment of Indian market. But the recent trend is all about declination, which is pretty much clear from the domestic sales data available.
In the domestic segment Mahindra’s sales figure has declined by 3%. Although the company has gained an impressive amount of success in exporting vehicles, as in this segment they have seen a 73% rise than the same period last year. Their cumulative sales and exports figure however are not so impressive though, as it has gained only 1% sales growth.