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.

Commercial Vehicle - - COVER STORY -

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.

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