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Business News/ Companies / Tata Motors to unveil 15 commercial vehicles at Auto Expo

Mumbai: India’s largest commercial vehicle (CV) maker Tata Motors Ltd is set to unveil 15 models and concepts at the Auto Expo, to be held in Noida on Delhi’s outskirts, from 9 to 14 February, a senior executive said on Wednesday.

The Tata group flagship will showcase four new trucks—a light commercial truck based on a new platform akin to the company’s advanced modular platform (AMP) for passenger vehicles, a 43-tonne rigid truck which the company claims has the highest tonnage in India, a light CV based on the platform shared by the Ultra truck, in addition to a truck running on LNG (liquefied natural gas) based on the same platform.

According to Girish Wagh, president of the CV unit at the Mumbai-based firm, “a purely electric 12-metre bus and an industry-first inter-city coach bus," developed through its joint venture Tata Marcopolo Motors Ltd, with Brazilian bus manufacturer Marcopolo S.A., will also be showcased.

Tata Motors has launched over 35 new models and variants in the fiscal year up to December, with 20 more planned for the quarter ending March, said Wagh, adding that “all the new CV models will be based on the new modular platform".

In addition to the vehicles, the maker of the Ace mini truck will also display its range of new engines developed in-house over the past two to three years, having spent close to Rs300 crore on development.

“Branded as the Turbotronn range, we have 3-litre and 5-litre engines, along with a 3.3-litre variant. These can be upgraded to BS6 (Bharat Stage 6 emission norms) with minimal change", Wagh said.

The flurry of launches comes on the back of a steady fall in market share since fiscal 2014 when Tata Motors accounted for more than half the CV market. In the current fiscal year up to December, Tata Motors had a 44.5% share of the broader CV market, a mere 0.3% rise over the year-ago period, Wagh said, adding that the company would “like to exit this fiscal with the previous fiscal’s market share", which was close to 50%.

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Updated: 31 Jan 2018, 10:23 PM IST
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