BharatBenz premieres updated CV portfolio for India

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Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) has showcased its all-new range of BharatBenz vehicles in Mumbai. On display were over a dozen medium and heavy duty fully updated trucks and buses. The new product portfolio, compliant with BSVI will be introduced depending on the fuel availability in each region. DICV has begun receiving orders from customers.

Mr. Satyakam Arya, MD & CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, said, “BharatBenz’s new CV range offers Indian customers the solution they need for the future, setting new benchmarks for medium and heavy duty trucks with improved fuel efficiency, safety and connectivity. Going forward, we will move away from tonnage and focus on customized solutions for different applications.”
The new generation CVs of Daimler offer ‘ProfitTechnology+’, a package of technologies and features ensuring industry-leading fuel efficiency, safety, comfort and reliability. With these BharatBenz trucks, DICV moves away from the traditional tonnage classification. Instead it will focus on creating ‘the best truck for every need’, customizing vehicles for use applications and targeting specific sectors such as e-commerce.
Focus on digitalization
The key among the technologies showcased was Proserv, its customer service digital platform, and the new telematics solutions ‘Truckonnect’ and ‘BusConnect’. These connectivity-enhancing services allow operators to track and analyse their vehicles in real time. Their benefits o include improved fleet and fuel management, reduced running costs, increased utilization of assets and improved driver performance.
The Proserv application is enabled with 65+ features including advance booking, parts ordering, renewal of contracts, extended warranty, insurance, fleet maintenance, 24×7 RSA and integration with all types of online payment options bringing everything for the customer at their fingertips.
Upgraded features
The new BharatBenz range introduces numerous new features. The exteriors get a bold and solid styling and are equipped with a distinctive front grille with a bumper spoiler, giving the trucks a mighty look. The cabins are more comfortable, thanks to air suspended seats. The vehicle comes with soft cruise control that helps drivers maintain a constant speed and thereby improves fuel efficiency. The instrument cluster will also have a gear-shift advisory, bringing more awareness to driving in the right gear.
BharatBenz buses will come with the new future-ready electrical and electronic architecture ‘ETec’ that offers advanced human interface, easy fault detection, chassis-body CAN interface, and next generation electronics. Bus Connect will cater to both passengers and operators. Passengers will be able to select routes, get tracking alerts, access onboard entertainment and also earn reward miles. Operators will get fleet summaries and dashboards with reports that will improve fleet administration.

The BharatBenz trucks and buses will be powered by the OM926 engine and 4D34i. The key differentiator in technology will be the after treatment systems used in the vehicles. BharatBenz trucks come with up to 6 years standard warranty and industry-best extended warranty up to 8 years. The trucks will have service intervals up to 20 percent longer and will reduce maintenance cost significantly by up to six percent.
The new range further achieves BSVI compliance months ahead of the government’s April 2020 deadline. DICV leveraged Daimler’s global network of technological expertise to quickly and efficiently localize proven EURO6 technologies for use in the Indian market. With an investment of around INR 500 crore, DICV developed new facilities and over 1000 new parts for BSVI, all while achieving localization above 80 percent.
In addition to completing over 5.2 million km of BSVI testing in India, DICV is also gearing up its after-sales network with learning from other markets. These competencies have been incorporated into training modules at its dealerships, which now spread across India with over 235 customer touch-points nationwide.

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