Volvo and Eicher bring In­dia’s trucks to SA

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VE Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles (VECV), the joint ven­ture of Volvo Group and Eicher Mo­tors, has an­nounced it will im­port Eicher trucks (pro­nounced “eye-sher”) to South Africa by this quar­ter.

The joint ven­ture has al­ready set up its base in South Africa in the form of a 100% wholly-owned sub­sidiary known as VECV South Africa.

Eicher Trucks and Buses has the lineage of three decades of op­er­a­tions in In­dia, where the trucks and buses en­joy in­creas­ing mar­ket share thanks to their abil­ity to just sip diesel.

The first Eicher in South Africa will be a medium duty truck seg­ment with an 8,5 ton gross ve­hi­cle mass (GVM) and a pay­load of four to five tons.

The range of Eicher Pro se­ries trucks has been tested for over 200 000 km in SA and the medium truck has been tested by fleet op­er­a­tors in all ap­pli­ca­tions and op­er­a­tions.

Test­ing re­sults turned out ex­tremely pos­i­tive, es­pe­cially in terms of fuel ef­fi­ciency, com­fort and the dura­bil­ity of the trucks.

Volvo said in a state­ment the Eicher trucks will be sold at 12 deal­ers in SA through Im­pe­rial Group, BB Mo­tor group, CMH Group, AAD group, Bill­son Trucks, Fleet Dy­nam­ics Group & Pre­mier Truck and Bus.

Suren­der Singh Ra­jpuro­hit, vice pres­i­dent and coun­try head, VECV South Africa, said in a state­ment SA would play a crit­i­cal role in the fu­ture growth of VECV’s in­ter­na­tional busi­ness.

He said the lo­cal team has been proac­tively busy en­sur­ing parts avail­abil­ity, with the ware­house al­ready stocked with over 2 600 line items and tech­ni­cal train­ing have been given to tech­ni­cians be­fore the start of sales. VECV SA have also joined hands with Bid­vest Panalpina Lo­gis­tics (BPL) as to sup­port Eicher trucks.

Ra­jpuro­hit said Eicher branded trucks have an es­tab­lished pres­ence in more than 30 coun­tries across the globe.

With an on-road pop­u­la­tion of over half-a-mil­lion trucks, Eicher trucks are known as one of the most fuel ef­fi­cient and ad­vanced trucks in the cat­e­gory. — WR.

PHOTO: EICHER

The Eicher Pro se­ries.

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