Nom­i­nees: a) Eicher Sky­line Pro 3009L AC b) Eicher Sky­line Pro Plat­form.

Commercial Vehicle - - COVER STORY -

ICV peo­ple movers are turn­ing out to be a ver­sa­tile medium for tourist and staff seg­ments. With im­pres­sive en­gi­neer­ing qual­i­ties and spec­i­fi­ca­tions, they are turn­ing out to be mod­ern mar­vels, ca­pa­ble of ad­dress­ing emerg­ing mar­ket niches. De­liv­er­ing on var­i­ous fronts, and in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties, ICV peo­ple movers are find­ing ap­pli­ca­tion not just as staff car­ri­ers, but also as school buses and metro feed­ers. In­dica­tive of the gen­eral di­rec­tion in which the bus in­dus­try is mov­ing, ICV peo­ple movers are mak­ing a prof­itable busi­ness case for the op­er­a­tors as well. The two con­tenders this year are based on the same plat­form. Of th­ese, the Eicher Sky­line Pro 3009L AC im­pressed be­cause of its abil­ity to ad­dress the emerg­ing re­quire­ments of the seg­ments it is aimed at. Aimed at the staff and school bus seg­ments, the bus weighs 10-tonnes. It can seat 44 peo­ple in the staff bus guise and up to 61 in the school bus guise. Scor­ing high on com­fort, con­ve­nience and per­for­mance, the bus mea­sures 10,395 mm in length and 2,345 mm in width. Pow­ered by a 135 hp, 3.7-litre BSIV com­mon-rail turbo-diesel engine, the bus is equipped with pneu­matic brakes. Flaunt­ing good qual­ity of build, and fit and fin­ish, the bus comes with a PVC moulded roof top, bucket type high head rest seats, seat belts, mod­u­lar hat-rack in­te­grated LED lights, sil­i­con em­bed­ded vinyl floor­ing and pneu­matic door op­er­a­tion. Pro­duc­ing a peak torque of 450 Nm at 1200-1800rpm, the bus, equipped with a six-speed trans­mis­sion, of­fers am­ple glass area, which makes for an airy in­side. Er­gonom­i­cally well en­gi­neered, the bus has in­di­vid­ual AC lou­vres. Of­fered with fuel coach fea­tures, the bus comes with par­a­bolic leaf spring sus­pen­sion at the front and rear. Fuel tank ca­pac­ity of the Eicher Sky­line Pro 3009L AC is 160 litres.

WIN­NER: EICHER SKY­LINE PRO 3009L AC (L to R): Kaushik Mad­ha­van, Direc­tor – Au­to­mo­tive & Trans­porta­tion, Frost & Sul­li­van; Shyam Maller, EVP – Sales, Mar­ket­ing and Aftermarket (LMD & Buses), VE Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles; B Srini­vas, SVP – Strat­egy & Prod­uct Plan­ning, VE Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles; Siddharth Kir­tane, VP – Mar­ket­ing (Heavy-Duty Trucks), VE Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles, and an­other VE Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles of­fi­cial.

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