Ashok Leyland, the homegrown commercial vehicle manufacturer from Chennai and the flagship firm of the Hinduja Group, in alliance with Nissan Motors of Japan had launched two new light commercial vehicles, Partner Truck and MiTR Bus in the city today. According to a company statement, the Nissan-Ashok Leyland joint venture’s new truck, Partner is India’s first air-conditioned LCV goolds vehicle, while its new bus, MiTR offers a best-in-class comfort. After the humungous success of Ashok Leyland Dost and the recently launched Ashok Leyland STiLE, now Ashok Leyland Partner and Ashok Leyland MiTR are the latest products from the JV’s stable.
Next generation truck
Dr V Sumantran, Vice Chairman, Ashok Leyland and Nitin Seth, Executive Director – LCV Marketing, Ashok Leyland at the launch of Ashok Leyland Partner in Chennai.
Ashok Leyland Partner brings to the Indian customer, the latest LCV from Europe and Japan. This next-generation truck, focuses on driver comfort and sports a modern Euro cab with spacious car-like interiors and offers global levels of performance and efficiency. With a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) capacity of 6.6 tonnnes, Ashok Leyland Partner will address various applications like parcel goods, durables, perishables and FMCG products among others. With a tilt-able cabin for service accessibility, a choice of two wheel base options and optional HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning) system, the PARTNER is sure to win the hearts of demanding customers. All of this is provided in a truck that, true to the lineage of Ashok Leyland LCVs, offers exceptional fuel efficiency.
Dr V Sumantran with MiTR Bus.
Ashok Leyland MiTR is a 26+1+1 seater bus, ergonomically designed to offer superior comfort and utility to passengers and drivers. MiTR has a parabolic suspension in the front and the rear – an industry-first – and offers class-leading comfort. MiTRalso has a school bus variant that adheres to school bus body code guidelines of all state governments.
Both Ashok Leyland Partner and Ashok Leyland MiTR are powered by an advanced ZD30 Common Rail diesel engine, that ensures superior fuel-efficiency and better turnaround time. Both products host features like power steering with tilt-able adjustment and cable-operated gear shifter for superior driver comfort. The company is offering an engine and transmission warranty of three years or 300,000 kilometers and a standard warranty of one year/unlimited kilometers on the overall vehicle. Both the vehicles are available to customers through over 330 outlets across the country.
Ashok Leyland Partner 2850 wheel-base: LS (with power steering) is priced at Rs 8.89,000, LX (with power steering and HVAC system) is priced at Rs 9.19,000 (Ex-showroom, Chennai). Ashok Leyland Partner 3350 wheel-base : LS (with power steering) is priced at Rs 9.19,000, LX (with power steering and HVAC system) is pegged at Rs 9.49,000. Ashok Leyland MiTR standard bus (26+1+1 seater) with power steering is priced at Rs 12.49,000.
Speaking at the occasion, Dr V Sumantran, Vice Chairman, Ashok Leyland, said: “We are delighted to present the next range of products from the Ashok Leyland-Nissan JV – PARTNER and MiTR. With these two new products, we have stayed true to our LCV mission – to deliver to the Indian customer, contemporary products that deliver best-in-class user experience, coupled with exceptional efficiency. These are exciting additions to our LCV portfolio and we are confident of delighting customers and continuing the successful winning streak of the Dost and the critically acclaimed, newly launched STiLE”.