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