Tata Mo­tors Ltd.

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Mark­ing 150th an­niver­sary of the Tata Group, Tata Mo­tors show­cased a slew of prod­ucts. With a stall span­ning across 6000 sq. m, Tata Mo­tors’ banked on the­matic zones like ‘Smart En­ergy zone’, ‘Semi-ur­ban zone’, ‘Sports zone’, ‘In­ter and In­tracity zone’, ‘Ris­ing city zone’ and ‘Ur­ban high den­sity res­i­den­tial zone’. Th­ese were smartly seg­re­gated and tar­geted rel­e­vant cus­tomer base of the com­pany.

An­nounc­ing a new de­sign lan­guage for the en­tire port­fo­lio, com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles in­cluded, the com­pany ze­roed on ‘Ag­ile Light Flex­i­ble Ad­vanced’ ar­chi­tec­ture. It is a ground up ar­chi­tec­ture that demon­strates en­gi­neer­ing prow­ess, strength and qual­ity. The ar­chi­tec­ture is claimed to be an out­come of a rad­i­cal new ap­proach to de­sign. It is thus light in weight, mod­u­lar and flex­i­ble. It is also said to have an abil­ity to give birth to a range of new ve­hi­cles in a short time span. Tata Mo­tors un­veiled an all-new ‘Tata In­tra’ small com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle based on a new mod­u­lar plat­form, and is de­signed with a pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle-like cabin. Said to of­fer su­pe­rior driver com­fort, the ve­hi­cle is pow­ered by a 0.8-litre com­mon rail diesel engine that pro­duces 40 hp at 3750 rpm and 96 Nm torque at 1750-2500 rpm. The In­tra has been en­gi­neered with scal­able ag­gre­gates, and is BSVI ready. With a Gross Ve­hi­cle Weight (GVW) of 2150 kg, the In­tra has a rated pay­load ca­pac­ity of one-tonne. The Ul­tra T.7 light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle Tata Mo­tors dis­played, is aimed at the sub seven-tonne goods seg­ment. It fea­tures a 1.9 m wide cabin, and an all-new three-litre engine with Vari­able Ge­om­e­try Tur­bocharger (VGT). Churn­ing out 123 hp at 2600 rpm, and 360 Nm of peak torque at 1400 rpm, the engine is mated to G400 AMT trans­mis­sion with Op­tidrive de­vel­oped by Wabco.

In the peo­ple mover cat­e­gory, the CV maker dis­played a 12 m front-engine bus called the Magna. De­vel­oped in as­so­ci­a­tion with Mar­copolo, the Magna

is a 16-tonne, two-axle fully-built coach that com­plies with the bus body code, and is aimed at in­ter-city travel. In the in­ter-city link zone, Tata Mo­tors dis­played Signa 4323.T, a 43-tonne six-axle rigid truck with a rated pay­load ca­pac­ity of 30-tonnes. Aimed at ap­pli­ca­tions across ce­ment, in­dus­trial goods, cold chain, coal, FMCG and packed lubes seg­ments, the truck hints at ton­nage shifts and the grow­ing needs of op­er­a­tors for su­pe­rior per­for­mance, ef­fi­ciency and re­li­a­bil­ity. Show­cas­ing Prima 3718 with Haul­maax sus­pen­sion sys­tem de­vel­oped in as­so­ci­a­tion with Tata Au­toComp Hen­drick­son Sus­pen­sions, Tata Mo­tors pro­vided a glimpse of new de­vel­op­ments in haulage CVs. The ad­vanced rub­ber based sus­pen­sion sys­tem boasts of an ex­tra wide bol­ster spring cen­ter and a pro­gres­sive load spring in a bid to of­fer bet­ter sta­bil­ity and a smoother ride. It also re­duces main­te­nance with fewer bushes and elim­i­nates the need for fre­quent lubrication. Also dis­played in the in­ter-city zone was a Prima 4930.S. The truck fea­tures Elec­tronic Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (ESC), lane de­par­ture warn­ing sys­tem and an au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing sys­tem.

The smart en­ergy zone show­cased an ex­tended range of elec­tric ve­hi­cles. This in­cluded a elec­tric 12 m Tata Star­bus, Tata Magic and Tata Iris elec­tric. Aimed at mass mo­bil­ity and safe trans­porta­tion, th­ese peo­ple movers found much in­ter­est with the vis­i­tors. In the al­ter­nate fuel seg­ment, the com­pany show­cased a Tata Ul­tra LNG model. Speak­ing on the side­lines, Girish Wagh, Head - Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles, Tata Mo­tors, ex­pressed, “There are routes in the coun­try where there is a pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing LNG ter­mi­nals, and this seems to be one area which can ac­tu­ally trans­late into huge de­mand.” Other than CVs, Tata Mo­tors also show­cased new gen­er­a­tion four-cylin­der diesel Tur­botron en­gines of three and five-litre ca­pac­i­ties. Keep­ing in mind the up­com­ing BSVI norms the en­gines can be scaled up.

⇩ Magic EV

⇩ The Star­bus Elec­tric has a 200 km travel range, and can be op­por­tu­nity charged.

⇩ Prima 3718 is equipped with Haul­maax sus­pen­sion.

⇩ The Tata In­tra one-tonne SCV aims at owner­op­er­a­tor, and is laced with pre­mium looks and a com­fort­able in­te­rior with stylish trim parts.

⇩ Tata Signa 2518.K with Sch­wing Stet­ter S36X boom pump. ⇩ Tata Ul­tra T.7

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