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CVs as har­bin­ger of change need spe­cial recog­ni­tion. In­dica­tive of the fu­ture, they are en­gi­neered to re­flect a mod­ern de­sign ap­proach, tech­nol­ogy and a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the change that is tak­ing place in the mar­ket. Three CVs were found wor­thy of spe­cial recog­ni­tion – the Mahin­dra E-Alfa, Tata Star­bus Hy­brid and Volvo 9400 Coach. The Volvo 9400 Coach is a 12 m rearengine pre­mium in­ter-city bus that was in­stru­men­tal in rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing the In­dian bus mar­ket. Con­tin­u­ing to lead the pre­mium in­ter-city coach mar­ket, the Volvo 9400 won the spe­cial recog­ni­tion award for its qual­ity, lo­cal­i­sa­tion and the travel ex­pe­ri­ence it of­fers. Pow­er­ing the bus is a 330 hp, 8-litre BSIV engine that is made in In­dia by VE Pow­er­Train, Pitham­pur. The bus body is lo­cally built at the Volvo Buses plant at Ban­ga­lore. The Volvo 9400 Coach fea­tures Alco lock, knee im­pact pro­tec­tion, frontal im­pact pro­tec­tion and front un­der-run pro­tec­tion. The bus body of the 12 m coach, al­beit with a BSVI driv­e­train, has found its way to Europe, and is claimed to meet the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. The Volvo 9400 Coach fea­tures dual cir­cuit air-disc brakes and EBS. Tata Star­bus Hy­brid drew at­ten­tion as the only se­ries diesel-elec­tric hy­brid city bus in In­dia. Pow­ered by a 177 hp, 5.0-litre diesel engine and two elec­tric mo­tors of 90 kW each, the low-floor city bus shares its plat­form with the Tata His­pano Star­bus Hy­brid (CNG-elec­tric) bus that is ply­ing in Madrid, Spain. Ca­pa­ble of seat­ing 32 peo­ple in air-con­di­tioned com­fort, the hy­brid bus of­fers a silent and com­fort­able ride. Mea­sur­ing 12 m in length, the Tata Star­bus Hy­brid has the engine and the elec­tron­ics lo­cated at the rear. The drive is routed to the rear wheels. Of­fer­ing sig­nif­i­cant fuel sav­ing and lower tailpipe emis­sions, the Tata Star­bus Hy­brid not only looks im­pres­sive, it is equipped with re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing, mo­bile charg­ing points, ramp for the dis­abled, se­cu­rity cam­eras, ITS, Wi-Fi, driver con­trolled in­fo­tain­ment, fire de­tec­tion and sup­pres­sion sys­tem. The Mahin­dra E-Alfa drew at­ten­tion as the only elec­tric three wheler nom­i­nated this year. Pow­ered by a one-kW mo­tor, the e-rick­shaw weighs 758 kg. Not a sorry form of a con­ven­tional three wheeler, the E-Alfa is equipped with a 48-volt 120 AH lead-caid bat­tery. With a charg­ing time of 10-12 hours, the e-rick­shaw has a op­er­at­ing range of 85 km. Ca­pa­ble of seat­ing four peo­ple other than the driver, the ve­hi­cle at­tains a max­i­mum speed of 25 kmph.

WIN­NER: TATA STAR­BUS HY­BRID (L to R): Marzban Ja­soomani, Pub­lisher, CV mag­a­zine, pre­sent­ing the award for Tata Star­bus Hy­brid to Ravi Pant, Head – En­gi­neer­ing (Buses), Tata Mo­tors; Ro­hit Sri­vas­tava, VP – Prod­uct Line (Buses), Tata Mo­tors, and Girish Wagh, Head – Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles, Tata Mo­tors.

WIN­NER: VOLVO 9400 COACH (L to R): Marzban Ja­soomani, Pub­lisher, CV mag­a­zine, giv­ing the award for Volvo 9400 coach to Suresh Chet­ti­yar, Busi­ness Head, Volvo Buses South Asia; Vishal Chugh, Direc­tor Com­mer­cial, Volvo Buses South Asia; Ashutosh Sharma, Re­gional Sales Man­ager, Volvo Buses South Asia, and Srid­har Chari, Pub­lic Af­fairs and Me­dia Re­la­tions Man­ager, Volvo Buses South Asia.

WIN­NER: MAHIN­DRA E-ALFA (L to R): Marzban Ja­soomani, Pub­lisher, CV mag­a­zine, pre­sent­ing the award for Mahin­dra E-Alfa to Mahesh Kulka­rni, VP – Mar­ket­ing (Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles), Mahin­dra & Mahin­dra.

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