Ashok Leyland: After Dost, more LCV’s planned

Ashok Leyland and Nissan together has lined up light commercial vehicles (LCVs) launches in Indian market over the next couple of years. The two companies showed some glimpses of the LCV’s which could make it into the India market. One sure product is the NV200 Van which is the same as the Nissan Evalia. The same van will be sold as STILE.

The STILE, is a modern Multi-Functional Vehicle (MFV) and will usher in a new class of vehicles for the Indian customer. It has been specially developed to address various applications like people carriers in the urban and rural areas, hotel shuttles, taxi services, ambulances, panel vans, courier services, inter-city and intra-city travel.

The other will be a light commercial vehicle Partner.

The PARTNER is the new 6-tonne LCV platform that was launched globally by Nissan Motor Company very recently, which has helped them gained precious market share in several global markets. PARTNER is powered by a contemporary 120 hp ZD30-DDTI Common Rail Diesel (BS 4-complaint) engine that gives the vehicle excellent pick-up and good gradeability for faster turnaround.

“From here on, we will go on launching new vehicles under the LCVs category for every six months over the next few years. In the process, we want to continue to build and grow our business,” said V Sumantran, non-executive vice-chairman of Ashok Leyland and Chairman of Nissan Ashok Leyland Powertrain.

The company has got good response for the Dost LCV which has sold 5,000 units so far.

The Indian LCVs market is witnessing a huge increase in demand within the commercial vehicles segment and it accounts for almost 57%.