Three new Tata trucks
TATA Trucks SA launched three new medium trucks aimed a small and medium-size business, at the Futurroad Expo in Johannesburg.
Branded as Ultra trucks, three payload options are available — the Ultra 814 that weighs 4,5 tons, the Ultra 1014 that weighs 5,5 tons and the 7,5-ton Ultra 1418.
All three trucks are built at the company’s plant in Rosslyn, north of Pretoria, and are powered by a 3,0-litre, common-rail diesel engine making 103 kW at 2 600 r/min and 390 Nm between 1 400 r/min and 2 600 r/min. All models come with a six-speed manual.
Tata vice-president Rudrarup Maitra said the Ultra range is built to meet feedback from customers in the South African market.
The manual transmission Tata Ultra 814 is already on sale, while Tata truck dealers are now taking orders for the Ultra 1014 and the automated manual transmission versions of both models, to be delivered early in the next year.
According to the company, one of the most versatile aspects of the Ultra range is it’s available in two deck lengths — 4,3 m and 5,2 m — to suit various business needs. The new Ultra range will essentially sit just above the Prima range of trucks, which was launched in 2014.
The Ultra range of medium-weight Tata trucks are made in SA to suit the budget and needs of small businesses.