Ashok Leyland-Nissan truck to hit the road mid-2010

The joint venture between commercial vehicle maker Ashok Leyland and Japan’s Nissan Motors will roll out its first product by middle of 2010.

“We will be rolling out the first product by mid-2010 in two versions – a 1.25-tonne diesel truck, which will also be our first LCV (light commercial vehicle),” said Ashok Leyland managing director R. Seshasayee.

The other product will be a two-tonne truck, Seshasayee told reporters here on the sidelines of the annual convention of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).

The launch of the two vehicles has been delayed because of a “delay in the allotment of land (for a Chennai facility) by the government of Tamil Nadu”.

“The Nissan programme is to be implemented in two phases. Phase-one will be done in our Chennai facility with arranged products and Ashok Leyland products. Phase-two would be on a greenfield site.”

The new venture will have “separate” branding.Asked if the global meltdown had put a dent in Ashok Leyland’s output, Seshasayee said: “Our initial capacity is 50,000-plus per annum on a two-shift basis but we are trying to push it to 70,000. However, in any case, we’ll maintain that of 50,000.”

His company would also going to display an “electric and hybrid-electric” product at the Commonwealth Games here next year, Seshasayee said.

Source: Economic Times