M G Group to build buses on Scania chassis
Mumbai-based MG Group has announced that it has inked a five-year contract with Scania India to build sleeper coaches. Industry sources claim that the pact will see the Group build low floor 12 m rear-engine city buses for Scania. In-line with the development, the company has changed the name of its coach building vertical, Alma Motors, to MG Automotive. The vertical with a facility at Belgaum already builds Mammoth brand of premium 280 hp front-engine 12 m buses on MAN bus chassis. Announced Anil M. Kamath, MD, MG Group, on the sidelines of Prawaas 2017, that his company has turned into an OEM with the development of tarmac coach Columbus. Stating that the experience gained from working with MAN Trucks India for the Mammoth project will help it to deliver on the Scania front, Kamath revealed that MG Automotive has also bagged an order to build 250 ‘Shivshahi’ mid-premium AC inter-city coaches. Having achieved the feat of building 350 refuse trucks for Hyderabad on a Jeeto chassis in record time through its Zaheerabad facility, the Group, through its Grey Engines vertical is pursuing non-auto business. To cater to OEMs, the Group is upgrading its Belgaum facility. Manufacture of smaller staff, school and tourist buses is being shifted to a new adjoining facility. The existing facility will be dedicated to premium big bus manufacture.