SMALL PEOPLE MOVER OF THE YEAR
Nominees: a) Mahindra Jeeto Minivan b) Tata Magic Express.
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.