Volvo and Eicher bring India’s trucks to SA
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.
The Eicher Pro series.