SMALL PEO­PLE MOVER OF THE YEAR

Nom­i­nees: a) Mahin­dra Jeeto Mini­van b) Tata Magic Ex­press.

Commercial Vehicle - - COVER STORY -

Ver­sa­tile to the core, small peo­ple movers slot be­tween three-wheeled peo­ple movers and those that weigh over 2.5-tonnes. Shar­ing the plat­form with cargo car­ry­ing coun­ter­parts, small peo­ple movers have evolved over time. Serv­ing the feeder ser­vice mar­ket, small fam­i­lies look­ing for bud­get movers, school chil­dren and a va­ri­ety of other com­muters, small peo­ple movers are com­pact, ef­fi­cient, strong and re­li­able. The win­ner this year, the Tata Magic Ex­press is based on the Tata Ace plat­form. Fea­tur­ing a full metal body and full-size rear side doors, the ve­hi­cle is pow­ered by a 798cc two cylin­der com­mon-rail diesel engine that pro­duces 40 hp. Trans­mis­sion is a five-speed unit, and the front and rear sus­pen­sion are made up of par­a­bolic leaf springs. Salient fea­tures of the Tata Magic Ex­press in­clude 460-litre lug­gage space be­hind the third row, roof liner, grab han­dles, demis­ter, foot steps, dig­i­tal clock, mo­bile charger socket, pro­vi­sion for elec­tronic fare me­ter and fan.

WIN­NER: TATA MAGIC EX­PRESS (L to R): Pramod Ku­mar Dug­gal, Vice Pres­i­dent, Subros; Anirud­dha Kulka­rni (Head, En­gi­neer­ing – SCV & Pickup), and Girish Wagh, Head – Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles, Tata Mo­tors.

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