HCV RIGID CARGO CARRIER OF THE YEAR
Nominees: a) Ashok Leyland 3718 Plus b) MAN CLA 31.300 EVO c) Eicher Pro 6031 d ) BharatBenz 2523R e) Eicher Pro 6037 f) BharatBenz 3723R g) Mahindra Blazo 37 Pusher Axle.
Engineered to be a workaholic – ferrying cargo over long distances, heavy commercial vehicles are staging a comeback in a form that is new, well engineered, efficient and performance oriented. An intrinsic part of the hub and spoke transportation model, heavy commercial vehicles are proving to be featureintensive and technologically rich. The winner in this category, the BharatBenz 3723R aligns itself accurately with the market demand for higher tonnage vehicles that are efficient and cost competitive. Employing a 235 hp, 6.3-litre common-rail six cylinder turbo-diesel engine, the 3723R has a 37-tonne GVW. The 10x2 configuration of the truck along with its dimensions presents it with an ability to carry more and achieve a faster turnaround time. The engine, developing 850 Nm of peak torque at 1200-1600 rpm, has the truck perform well. Unique is the safety cabin, which is fully built. The other salient points of the truck include clear lens head lamps with DRLs, high strength frame, AC option, and a pusher rear axle. The transmission is nine-speed, and the steering is hydraulically assisted. The 380-litre diesel tank presents the truck with an ability to cover a good deal of distance between refills.
WINNER: BHARATBENZ 3723R (L to R): Dominic Martin, Head – Marketing (APMEA), Apollo Tyres; Erich Nesselhauf, MD & CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles; Ramesh Rajagopalan, VP – Customer Services, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles; Rajaram...