Nom­i­nees: a) Volvo 9400 Coach b) Tata Magna c) BharatBenz 1623 Bus Plat­form.

Commercial Vehicle - - COVER STORY -

Mod­ern in­ter-city trans­port sys­tems are the need of the hour. Es­pe­cially when it comes to ad­dress­ing the ris­ing need to travel. Ex­posed to some of the best trans­po­ra­tion sys­tems around the world, In­dian trav­ellers are ask­ing for more. What bet­ter way to ad­dress their need than to en­gi­neer a bus that is cost com­pet­i­tive, re­li­able and com­fort­able. Among the nom­i­na­tions that in­cluded a rear-engine pre­mium in­ter-city bus, and two front-engine buses this year, the Tata Magna drew at­ten­tion. Its pre­mium looks im­pressed. Pow­ered by a 180 hp 5.9-litre engine mated to a six-speed gear­box, the Magna can seat up to 44 peo­ple in good com­fort. With the body built by Mar­copolo, the bus, equipped with a G-750 hy­draulic re­tarder with over­drive, con­tains push­back lux­ury seats. Air-con­di­tioned, and equipped with pneu­matic rear sus­pen­sion, the Magna brings re­fine­ment to front-engine in­ter-city fully-built bus va­ri­ety.

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