DICV fields new ranges of trucks, buses
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), the wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, Germany and operating under the umbrella of Daimler
Trucks Asia, began its offensive in the India market with a bang. Recently the company launched six new trucks and two new buses focusing on user-centric features and design elements.
In the truck segment, the company unveiled six trucks- BSafe Express, reefer truck for transportation of vaccines, 1917R, 4228R Tanker, 1015R+, 42T M-Cab, and 2828 construction vehicle. For the bus segment, the company introduced two new BharatBenz buses. To hit the road soon these vehicle will be wide-body 1017 variant with a seating capacity of up to 50. Besides, 1624 chassis also available with a parabolic suspension, the company said.
Satyakam Arya, MD & CEO Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, said, “In today’s rapidly-changing environment, it is vital to meet the dynamic needs of society. With this in mind, we proudly introduce BharatBenz’s expanded new range with special COVID-prevention features. Both new and current customers will be delighted by our updated portfolio offering the industry’s best TCO, as well as our new loyalty program designed to reward the customers for their trust placed in brand BharatBenz.”
The new trucks and buses come with DICV’s Profit Technology+ that delivers best in class fuel efficiency, superior safety and comfort, unmatched reliability, lowest maintenance costs and connected trucks and buses.
Among the six newly launched trucks, Bsafe Express, which was launched earlier, is for safe transportation of COVID vaccine across the country and even export purposes. The BSafe Express ranges from 10 tonne to 42 tonne, fully built reefer trucks, and custom-built for pharma and vaccine logistics.
The second model offering in the truck is 1917R which is available in 20, 22, 24, and 31-foot load span options. Suitable for a wide range of on-highway applications and effective for freight movement, these are suitable for FMCG and e-commerce.
The 4228R features an innovative M cab, granting it one of the longest loading spans for fully built trucks in its class. The M Cab retains all the safety and comfort features of BharatBenz’s proven factory fitted cabin. It has additional room for the load span to grow, which allows the overall loading span of 31 ft, suitable for parcel and container applications.
In addition, a special variant – 4228R with a fully-built 34-kiloliter tanker has been designed with a wide range of safety features, making the vehicle a preferred choice for POL applications.
The 1015R+ stands as a classic example of BharatBenz’s technological prowess. The earlier 1015R has been upgraded with customised powertrain mated with G85 gearbox that strengthens its reliability and gradeability. The 2828C is now available with 22 cubic meter loading capacity refreshed with COVID-protection features to cater to coal transportation. It comes with the longest wheelbase in its class, making it the most stable coal carrier in the market.
To address the public’s concerns regarding social distancing during travel, the company offers an all-new 1017 bus with a 50 seating capacity that is ideal for staff, school, and college. The additional capacity allows customers to maintain social distancing and delivers a secured bus journey experience.
The other category is the 1624 chassis that comes with a parabolic suspension. This is a high demand product from the mofussil bus customers, and popular for staff and short intercity applications. The company tries to bridge the demand gap by introducing air suspension and parabolic suspension offerings in the intercity segment.
COVID made companies to offer solutions that can safeguard passengers and drivers as well. To support this intent, the company has introduced BSafe Pack, which consists of infection-proof fabric seats, safety kits and disinfection fogging machines across the entire portfolio. It has taken the driver safety to the next level to make its cabs even safer.
“We are going to introduce our Besafe packs in our trucks. Seats will come with infection proof fabrics. We will also add physical separation between the driver’s seat and the crew resting area. We will also offer a COVID safety kit which will contain an M 90 mask, hand sanitiser and the surface disinfectant. Apart from this, we will also offer optional equipment like disinfection fogging machine, and UV sanitiser box. BSafe Pack comes with BharatBenz trucks at no additional cost,” said Pradeep Kumar Thimmaiyan, Vice President, Product Engineering, DICV.
DICV already offers an effective air conditioning system, central locking system, cruise control, and driver attention monitoring system for the safety purpose. “In terms of safety, our cabin is one of the best in terms of strength when it comes to a crash. Statistically, we have the least mortality rate in case of an accident. It’s almost zero,” added Pradeep Kumar Thimmaiyan.
On the bus business segment, Karl-Alexander Seidel, Head of Daimler Buses India said, “Unfortunately, the transportation industry is not as picking up as the other industries, because still, the passengers are very careful in using public transportation. So, therefore, we have also thought of how we can make the passenger’s life safe. We also have the separation from the driver to the passengers. We also have the sanitising kits, a UV filter and fresh air to the AC and disposable seat covers. We have touchless entry points with pneumatic doors and temperature sensors and auto sanitiser at the entry.”
Last year, the company had introduced its new range of BS-VI trucks and buses with the lowest cost of ownership through the profit technology plus. Arya said this technology delivers best in class fuel efficiency, superior safety and comfort, unmatched reliability, lowest maintenance costs, and connected trucks and buses. “It is no secret now that the new portfolio has helped us to create a much larger share of the market than before. And we will keep this momentum going,” Arya said.