ICV PEOPLE MOVER OF THE YEAR
Nominees: a) Eicher Skyline Pro 3009L AC b) Eicher Skyline Pro Platform.
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.