Porter 700 from Pi­ag­gio

Pi­ag­gio’s Porter 700 SCV aims at last mile trans­porta­tion.

Commercial Vehicle - - WHAT'S INSIDE - Story by: Ashish Bha­tia

Pi­ag­gio's Porter 700 SCV aims at last mile trans­porta­tion.

Pi­ag­gio (In­dia) has in­tro­duced the Porter 700 Small Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle (SCV) to ad­dress last mile trans­porta­tion needs of the mar­ket. Re­plac­ing the Porter 600, the new SCV prom­ises su­pe­rior per­for­mance, higher mileage, higher rated pay­load, and is BSIV emis­sions com­pli­ant. Trac­ing its roots to the Porter light mini-van and mini-truck Pi­ag­gio launched in 1992, in Europe in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Dai­hatsu, the Porter 700 is sim­i­lar in ap­pear­ance to the Porter 600. It mea­sures 3544 mm in length, 1460 mm in width, and 1738 mm in height. It is 311 mm longer in length than the Porter 600. Width and height are the same as Porter 600. At 1820 mm, the wheel­base of Porter 700 is longer than Porter 600 by 170 mm. The cargo tray of Porter 700 mea­sures 1400 mm in width, and 314 mm in height (one mil­lime­ter less than Porter 600’ tray height). The cargo deck of Porter 700 is marginally big­ger at 30 sq. ft. than that of the Porter 600, and sup­ports a pay­load ca­pac­ity of 700 kgs. Heav­ier than the Porter 600 by 175 kgs, at 1475 kgs, the Porter 700 is struc­tured on a strong, cabchas­sis uni­body. The cargo body is a semi-mono­coque struc­ture. With a wheel­base of 1820 mm, the front sus­pen­sion of the Porter 700 con­sists of MacPher­son struts and dampers. Rear sus­pen­sion is made up of swing arms and dampers. Tyres are 145/80 R12 LT 8PR.

Ca­pa­ble of a max­i­mum speed of 62 kmph, and a max­i­mum grade­abil­ity of 21 per cent, the Porter 700 is pow­ered by a direct in­jec­tion, 14.75 hp, 652 cc sin­gle-cylin­der, four-stroke, BSIV diesel en­gine (with EGR) that pro­duces a peak torque of 40 Nm at 1600-1800 rpm. Claimed to of­fer best-in­class mileage of 26 kmpl, the SCV is equipped with a five-speed syn­cromesh gear­box. Brakes are hy­drauli­cally ac­tu­ated. The front in­cludes discs, and the rear in­cludes drums. Of­fered with a 75,000 km ex­tended war­ranty, the Porter 700 is priced at Rs.3.42 lakh. Fully lo­calised, the Porter 700 is made at Pi­ag­gio’s man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity at Bara­mati, Pune. Es­tab­lished in 1998, this fa­cil­ity has an an­nual ca­pac­ity to build 3,80,000 Pi­ag­gio com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles (3,00,000 three­wheel­ers and 80,000 four-wheel­ers). The diesel en­gine of the Porter 700 is built at an en­gine plant within the same fa­cil­ity where it is in­te­grated with the trans­mis­sion. Claimed Mas­simo Repetto, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, Three & Four wheeler Prod­uct Devel­op­ment, Pi­ag­gio & C.s.p.a that the pow­er­train in­te­gra­tion ca­pac­ity is enough to cater to mar­ket needs.

En­ter­ing In­dia with the launch of the Pi­ag­gio Ape range of com­mer­cial three wheel­ers in 1998, Pi­ag­gio will re­tail the Porter 700 through a net­work of 350 deal­ers, and 1000 touch­points across the coun­try. En­ter­ing the less than two-tonne CV mar­ket on the eve of GST, the Porter 700 has work cut out for it­self. The un­der twotonne CV mar­ket clocked sales of 131,455 units in FY2014-15. It recorded sales of 116,560 units in FY2015-16. Growth was flat in FY2017 at 116,890 units. Keen to fur­ther strengthen and dom­i­nate the (small com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle) cat­e­gory through cargo car­ri­ers ac­cord­ing to Ravi Cho­pra, Chair­man, Pi­ag­gio Ve­hi­cles, the com­pany will con­tinue to pro­vide tech­no­log­i­cal so­lu­tions in the last mile trans­porta­tion mar­ket. Diego Graffi, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Pi­ag­gio Ve­hi­cles, averred, “We have got down to an­tic­i­pat­ing new age cus­tomer needs. The Porter 700 has been con­ceived as a mod­ern ve­hi­cle with fea­tures to de­liver on core val­ues of ex­cep­tional reli­a­bil­ity, fuel ef­fi­ciency and the abil­ity to earn.” Ex­press­ing that Pi­ag­gio is dom­i­nat­ing the last mile trans­porta­tion cargo seg­ment, Graffi said, “We are con­fi­dent that the Porter 700 will out­class oth­ers in the four-wheel, sub one-tonne cargo seg­ment. It will con­sol­i­date Pi­ag­gio’s po­si­tion in the last mile trans­porta­tion in­dus­try.”

(L to R) Ravi Cho­pra, Chair­man, Pi­ag­gio Ve­hi­cles Pvt. Ltd. and Diego Graffi, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer & Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Pi­ag­gio Ve­hi­cles Pvt. Ltd., at the Porter 700 launch event.

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