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Eicher Trucks & Buses, part of Volvo Eicher Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles Ltd (VECV), an­nounced that it has re­ceived Bharat Stage-VI (BS-VI) cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for a heavy duty CNG en­gine from the In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre for Au­to­mo­tive Tech­nol­ogy (ICAT). ICAT is a divi­sion of NATRiP im­ple­men­ta­tion so­ci­ety (NATIS), un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tive con­trol of the Min­istry of Heavy In­dus­tries & Pub­lic En­ter­prises, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia. The main ob­jec­tive of ICAT is to carry out R&D be­sides ex­tend­ing ho­molo­ga­tion fa­cil­i­ties in the field of au­to­mo­tive en­gi­neer­ing. Vinod Ag­gar­wal, MD and CEO, VECV said, "We have al­ready been pro­duc­ing Euro-VI com­pli­ant en­gines for Volvo Group and used that ex­per­tise in de­vel­op­ing a CNG BS-VI solution, much ahead of the in­dus­try norms." The BS-VI cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is for Eicher's E483, 4-cylin­der, 3.3-litre CNG en­gine and the same has been in­tro­duced in the above 3.5-ton ve­hi­cle cat­e­gory in Eicher Pro 1049 CNG vari­ant. An ICAT spokesper­son said, "Hav­ing suc­cess­fully com­pleted the com­pli­ance test of a prod­uct much ahead of the im­ple­men­ta­tion date of April 1, 2020, this gives suf­fi­cient time for prod­uct sta­bil­i­sa­tion in terms of fur­ther work­ing on mak­ing it more ro­bust and cost com­pet­i­tive for the end con­sumers." ICAT, one of the gov­ern­ment ap­proved agen­cies for prime type ap­proval and ho­molo­ga­tion, said ac­tiv­ity for the BS-VI de­vel­op­ment and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion has given it and VECV much ex­po­sure on cer­tain key ar­eas to be kept in view while un­der­tak­ing steps to meet the strict emis­sion norm.'

Eicher Pro 6049 And Pro 6041 Trac­tor Trailors Launched In In­dia

Eicher has ex­panded its Pro 6000 se­ries with the Pro 6049 and Pro 6041, with the lat­ter be­ing In­dia's first 41 tonne heavy duty truck as an up­grade to the cur­rent 37 tonne trucks. Ex­pand­ing its heavy duty truck port­fo­lio, Eicher Trucks and Buses, part of VE Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles (VECV) has in­tro­duced the two new of­fer­ings in the Pro 6000 se­ries. The man­u­fac­turer has launched the new Eicher Pro 6049 and Eicher Pro 6041 in the 49 tonne and 41 tonne seg­ments re­spec­tively. The Pro 6041 truck is a first-of-its-kind of­fer­ing in the seg­ment and has been po­si­tioned as an up­grade for cus­tomers that use 37 tonne trucks. Eicher says both trucks carry a host of tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments, and is un­der­pinned by a new plat­form and sus­pen­sion. With the new of­fer­ings in the Pro 6000 se­ries, Eicher Mo­tors aims to be more ag­gres­sive in the heavy duty truck seg­ment, which is ex­pected to

grow by 30 per cent. Com­ment­ing on the new launches, VECV - MD and CEO, Vinod Ag­gar­wal said, "The com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle in­dus­try in In­dia is very dy­namic and go­ing through a lot of trans­for­ma­tion with mi­gra­tion to more pro­duc­tive and higher ton­nage trucks. With the im­ple­men­ta­tion of GST and bet­ter road in­fra­struc­ture, this mi­gra­tion is only go­ing to be­come more pro­nounced. At VECV, it has been our vi­sion to drive mod­erni­sa­tion and the launch of two new trucks with bet­ter tech­nol­ogy is in line with this vi­sion." The Eicher Pro 6049 and Pro 6041 have ben de­signed to max­imise busi­ness prof­itabil­ity while op­ti­mis­ing the over­all cost ef­fi­ciency to the cus­tomers. The Eicher Pro 6049 trac­tor trailer com­petes in the 6x4 trac­tor cat­e­gory, while the Pro 6041 is In­dia's first 41 ton­nage rigid haulage truck and of­fers a pay­load ad­van­tage of 3.5 ton over a 37 ton­nage truck. Both trucks are pow­ered by the VEDX8 BSIV com­pli­ant en­gine with SCR tech­nol­ogy that pro­duces 250 bhp at 2200 rpm and 950 Nm of peak torque between 1100-1700 rpm. The en­gine is paired with a ZF-sourced 1110 TD 9-speed gear­box. The Pro 6041 also comes with a ded­i­cated over­drive gear to fur­ther im­prove fuel ef­fi­ciency, a seg­ment first fea­ture. With a pay­load ad­van­tage, the Pro 6041 of­fers fewer trips for trans­port­ing more goods, which in turn is ex­pected to im­prove prof­itabil­ity for cus­tomers. Fur­ther­more, Eicher Mo­tors has equipped the new Pro 6000 se­ries trucks with its Mbooster+ tech­nol­ogy that op­ti­mises ac­cel­er­a­tion through multi-mode sys­tem, along with Volvo Group's En­gine Man­age­ment Sys­tem (EMS) 3.0 for im­prov­ing fuel in­jec­tion, as well as In­tel­li­gent Driver In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (IDIS) that of­fers sug­ges­tions to the driver in re­al­time for im­prov­ing the driv­ing tech­nique in or­der achieve higher fuel ef­fi­ciency. In ad­di­tion, Eicher's telem­at­ics sys­tem al­lows truck own­ers to col­lect data about the ve­hi­cle, po­ten­tial is­sues, and driv­ing style of the driver. Fol­low­ing a slump in sales over the past year, the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle seg­ment has been on the road to re­cov­ery. At the launch, Eicher Mo­tors said that the 2018-19 fi­nan­cial year opened on a good note with the months of April and May per­form­ing well. The com­pany is look­ing to achieve a dou­ble digit growth this year. The new Eicher Pro 6000 se­ries will be pro­duced at the com­pany's Pi­ta­m­pur fa­cil­ity in In­dore. The trucks will be sold in do­mes­tic mar­kets for now, while the com­pany plans to ex­pand to in­ter­na­tional mar­kets as well. The Eicher Pro 6041 cur­rently has a mar­ket only in In­dia, ow­ing to reg­u­la­tions. About Eicher Eicher Mo­tors Lim­ited (EML) is the flag­ship com­pany of the Eicher Group, which was a cat­a­lyst in the green rev­o­lu­tion in In­dia with the pro­duc­tion of In­dia’s first agri­cul­tural trac­tor in 1959. EML is now a lead­ing player in the In­dian au­to­mo­tive space. Eicher Mo­tors owns the iconic Royal En­field mo­tor­cy­cle busi­ness, which leads the pre­mium mo­tor­cy­cle seg­ment in In­dia. The old­est mo­tor­cy­cle brand in con­tin­u­ous pro­duc­tion world­wide, Royal En­field has wit­nessed a huge surge in de­mand in the re­cent past, and is chart­ing its course to be the lead­ing player in the mid-sized mo­tor­cy­cle seg­ment glob­ally. EML’s joint ven­ture with the Volvo group, VE Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles Lim­ited, de­signs, man­u­fac­tures and mar­kets re­li­able, fuel-ef­fi­cient trucks and buses; and is lead­ing the path in driv­ing mod­ern­iza­tion in com­mer­cial trans­porta­tion in In­dia and other de­vel­op­ing mar­kets. EML’s joint ven­ture with US based Po­laris In­dus­tries Inc formed in 2012, Eicher Po­laris Pri­vate Ltd. (EPPL) launched the Mul­tix, a new 3-in-1 ve­hi­cle pur­pose built for the in­de­pen­dent busi­ness­man in June 2015. For the fif­teen months ended March 2016, Eicher Mo­tors recorded its high­est ever to­tal in­come of INR 15,689 crores (USD 2.4 bil­lion) and is listed on the Bom­bay and Na­tional Stock Ex­changes. As of April 1st 2016, Eicher Mo­tors Lim­ited be­came a part of the Nifty 50 In­dex.

Vinod Ag­gar­wal, MD and CEO, VECV

A Rama Rao, se­nior VP (Sales, Mar­ket­ing, Heavy Duty), VECV and Vinod Ag­gar­wal, MD and CEO, VECV, with the new Eicher Pro 6041.

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