Furio is the name

Mahin­dra’s new in­ter­me­di­ate com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle, Furio, has bro­ken cover.

Commercial Vehicle - - CONTENTS - Story by: Bhushan Mhapralkar

Mahin­dra's new in­ter­me­di­ate com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle, Furio, has bro­ken cover.

Post four years of de­vel­op­ment, Mahin­dra & Mahin­dra has un­veiled an In­ter­me­di­ate Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle (ICV) plat­form called the Furio. It is highly mod­u­lar in na­ture, and turns Mahin­dra into a full range player by fill­ing up the void be­tween six-tonnes and 16-tonnes. Point­ing at the progress achieved by Mahin­dra Truck and Bus Di­vi­sion (MTBD), which turned green in the last quar­ter of the last fis­cal, the Furio has been de­vel­oped with an in­vest­ment of Rs.600 crore. Seek­ing the in­volve­ment of 500 engi­neers span­ning four years, 180 ven­dors, and 500 trans­porters who played a key role in cocre­at­ing the plat­form ac­cord­ing to Vinod Sa­hay, CEO, MTBD, the Furio in­cor­po­rates new pow­er­train, chas­sis and cabin. The ex­te­rior and in­te­rior of the truck was de­signed by Pin­in­fa­rina. With the Mahin­dra de­sign stu­dio at Kan­di­vali busy, the ex­te­rior and in­te­rior de­sign work of the Furio was en­trusted to Pin­in­fa­rina ac­cord­ing to

Dr. Pawan Goenka, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Mahin­dra & Mahin­dra Ltd.

A Mahin­dra Group en­tity, Pin­in­fa­rina has come to cre­ate a truck cabin that looks no less con­tem­po­rary than that of an Euro­pean light and medium-duty truck. Its front fas­cia draws at­ten­tion with its mod­ern de­sign el­e­ments. If the metal bumper and fend­ers point at an ease of main­te­nance and com­pet­i­tive op­er­at­ing costs, the twin clear lens head lamps and a win­dow-line that slopes down at front re­mind of a dis­tinc­tive Euro­pean de­sign in­flu­ence. Sub­jected to wind tun­nel tests to at­tain a sig­nif­i­cant abil­ity to cheat the

wind, the cabin of the Furio flaunts good lev­els of fit and fin­ish. Claimed to be de­signed and en­gi­neered to ful­fill three dif­fi­cult ob­jec­tives in­volv­ing the driver and the co-driver, the key points the Pin­in­fa­rina de­sign­ers stressed upon were com­fort, safety, ven­ti­la­tion, main­te­nance, pay­load, and var­i­ous lo­cal at­tributes. Com­bin­ing styling and en­gi­neer­ing in­puts that point at Pin­in­fa­rina val­ues, the cabin of the Furio, ac­cord­ing to Sa­hay, af­firms to the re­quire­ments of In­dian cus­tomers.

Sub­jected to light weight­ing with­out los­ing the Mahin­dra DNA of ro­bust­ness, the cabin of the Furio has a dis­tinct Ital­ian

de­sign touch to it. Of­fer­ing high vis­i­bil­ity with low­est rake an­gle of the front pil­lars, the truck plat­form is de­signed to be comfortable enough for the driver to take a nap af­ter com­plet­ing the de­liv­ery. Ex­plained Sa­hay, “Many ICV driv­ers told us that they would like to have a cabin that will en­able them to sleep af­ter they have fer­ried per­ish­able com­modi­ties like veg­eta­bles through out the night.” Re­vealed Gior­gio Aste­sano, Sales Man­ager, Pin­in­fa­rina, that a team of de­sign­ers – dressed in for­mals, vis­ited the APMC mar­ket at Vashi, Navi Mum­bai, in the wee hours of the morn­ing to talk to the driv­ers of trucks ar­riv­ing there to un­der­stand their needs and re­quire­ments. Averred Sa­hay, “The Furio’s cabin, as per

the feed­back re­ceived, has been de­signed and de­vel­oped to of­fer good amount of stor­age space. The stor­age spaces are con­ve­niently lo­cated such that the driver can safely store as well as ac­cess pa­pers.” A part of the in­te­rior and the mod­ern dash is the in­stru­men­ta­tion. It in­cludes an in­tel­li­gent driver in­for­ma­tion sys­tem. For ef­fec­tive ven­ti­la­tion, there are six vents on the dash. Of these two are for chan­nelling cool air to the face of the driver, and the other two are for chan­nelling cool air to the legs of the driver. If these vents and the low rake (pil­lar) cabin com­bine to keep the cabin cooler than its clos­est com­peti­tor by at least fivede­grees, the cabin of the Furio, in terms of safety, is ca­pa­ble of meet­ing the up­com­ing norms.

Flaunt­ing two-way ad­justable seats, the walk through cabin of the Furio of­fers 10 per cent more space than its near­est com­peti­tor. Em­ploy­ing par­a­bolic leaf springs at front to en­sure com­fort, and an anti-roll bar to en­hance safety and han­dling, the Furio is set to com­ple­ment the fleet of 15000 Blazo the com­pany has sold since it was launched some three years ago. Rid­ing on MTBD’s progress (the man­u­fac­turer recorded an EBITDA pos­i­tive fourth quar­ter of the last fis­cal), the Furio is equipped with cor­ner­ing lamps to en­hance vis­i­bil­ity and safety. A re­sult of mar­ket in­sights gained from un­der­stand­ing

the cus­tomer pain points, the Furio is equipped with a 10bar pres­sure brake sys­tem. To en­sure safety and con­trol, the brake drums of the Furio mea­sure 360 mm in dia., and 170 mm in dia., at the front and rear re­spec­tively. Fea­tur­ing an anti-roll bar at front for sta­bil­ity, the Furio, ac­cord­ing to Sa­hay, was thor­oughly tested across var­ied ter­rains in the harsh­est of conditions. Han­dling and brak­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics were en­gi­neered in view of the Furio find­ing a way into ap­pli­ca­tions which call for speedy travel. While fer­ry­ing per­ish­able goods for ex­am­ple.

Profit­ing from Group syn­er­gies, the four mod­els of Furio that MTBD has un­veiled, are equipped with a 140 hp, mDI Tech com­mon­rail diesel en­gine with a high 1800 bar pres­sure. In­formed Sa­hay, “A high bar pres­sure of 1800 re­sults in su­pe­rior fuel ef­fi­ciency.” “For re­li­a­bil­ity, we have opted for a gear driven air com­pres­sor,” he men­tioned. In­cor­po­rat­ing fu­els­mart tech­nol­ogy found on the Blazo, which con­sists of three drive modes, the Furio, ac­cord­ing to Ra­jan Wad­hera, Pres­i­dent – Au­to­mo­tive Sec­tor, Mahin­dra & Mahin­dra Ltd., prof­its from Group syn­er­gies. He stated an ex­am­ple of how the knowl­edge of com­mon-rail fuel in­jec­tion tech­nol­ogy in Mahin­dra’s pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles played a part in in­cor­po­rat­ing the tech­nol­ogy in the Blazo. “We are con­fi­dent of the Furio set­ting new bench­marks,” said Wad­hera. To spring 21 mod­els, of which four have been un­veiled, the new truck plat­form will sport five engines (diesel and CNG) in to­tal; four trans­mis­sions (five and sixspeed), and three cabin types. With two more mod­els set to be un­veiled by De­cem­ber, and the next two mod­els by early next year, MTBD is plan­ning to com­plete the task of launch­ing all the mod­els over the span of next few years.

To be avail­able in dif­fer­ent wheel­bases and dif­fer­ent load bod­ies, the Furio plat­form aims at a mar­ket that has grown from one-lakh units to one and a half lakh units in the last three years (CAGR growth of 15 per cent). Set to chal­lenge the sta­tus quo, and of­fer a cred­i­ble rea­son for cus­tomers to seek such a truck, the Furio will build on the suc­cess of the Blazo. Equipped with a 326 mm dia. clutch, which is claimed to be big­ger than the com­peti­tors, and a chas­sis that is made up of high strength steel, the Furio has been en­gi­neered to per­form well in the ex­port markets as well. Hav­ing a heavy-duty rear axle and rugged sus­pen­sion, the new truck plat­form is ready to fol­low in the foot steps of the Blazo. Men­tioned Dr. Goenka, “We have come to en­joy a mar­ket share of 5.6 per cent in Medium & Heavy Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles (M&HCVs). With ac­cep­tance lev­els of our trucks go­ing up, we have turned the cor­ner in truck business.”

(L to R) Ra­jan Wad­hera, Pres­i­dent - Au­to­mo­tive Sec­tor, Mahin­dra & Mahin­dra; Vinod Sa­hay, CEO, Mahin­dra Truck & Bus Di­vi­sion and Venkat Srini­vas, SVP & Prin­ci­pal Chief Engi­neer, Mahin­dra Truck & Bus Di­vi­sion, at the un­veil­ing of the Furio.

⇧ One of the four ver­sions of the Furio un­veiled were a reefer.

⇩ The Pin­in­fa­rina team be­hind Furio’s de­sign Al­fredo Palma, Business Unit De­sign (De­sign Project Man­ager), and Gior­gio Aste­sano, Sales Man­ager.

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