LCV PEOPLE MOVER OF THE YEAR
Nominees: a) Mahindra Comfio T32 b) Eicher Starline Platform c) Eicher Skyline 10.75H AC Limo d) Force Traveller T2 3350.
Rising urbanisation is creating a need for distinct ways of travel. This is ensuring that buses reinvent themselves to fit the exacting needs of travellers. As metros and monorails find a place in India’s growing cities as a means to facilitate better infrastructure, lighter and ‘easy to manoeuvre’ buses are finding a way of serving the last mile transportation needs. They are finding a place as feeder service, point-to-point service, local area service, city bus service and as executive travel service. Aimed at meeting the needs of corporates and tourists for executive travel, the Eicher Starline Platform impresses with its ability to be customised for a given application; either as an executive travel coach, staff bus, tourist bus, school bus or as a last mile transport feeder or city bus. Capable of seating up to 29 people, the Eicher Starline Platform measures eight-metre in length and 2160 mm in width. It is powered by a 107 hp, 3.2-litre common-rail engine that is mated to a fivespeed transmission. Featuring pneumatic brakes, power assisted steering and semi-elliptic laminated leaf springs suspension at the front and the rear, the Eicher Starline Platform could be had with plastic moulded seats, wider pneumatically operated door, ITS system and a rear view camera.
WINNER: EICHER STARLINE PLATFORM (L to R): Shrinivas Dharmadhikari, Director, Metric Consultancy ( UK ) Limited; Shyam Maller, Executive VP – Sales, Marketing and Aftermarket (LMD & Buses), VE Commercial Vehicles; B Srinivas, SVP – Strategy & Product Planning, VE Commercial Vehicles; another VE Commercial Vehicles official, and Siddharth Kirtane, VP – Marketing (Heavy-Duty Trucks), VE Commercial Vehicles.