Ashok Leyland, the commercial vehicle front of the Hinduja group launched a new series of commercial vehicles named the 'CAPTAIN series' in India. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, captain of the Indian cricket team as-well-as Leyland's brand ambassador and Mr. Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director of the company unveiled CAPTAIN 2523 Tipper – the first model of the series that will include Tippers, Tractors and Haulage vehicles.
On the occasion, Mr. Vinod K Dasari said, "During the calendar year 2014, we plan to launch a total of 18 different types of trucks for different applications under the Captain range."
"These trucks will be rolled out from our Pantnagar plant. We have developed this range on our own, apart from some help from an Italian firm for cabin design and a UK firm for structural engineering, at an investment of Rs 600-700 crore," he added.
The CAPTAIN comes with heavy-duty aggregates and a customised powertrain and will be available across 16T GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) to 49T GTW (Gross Trailer Weight). Powered by 160 HP to 360 HP Inline and CRS engines coupled with a highly durable transmission, the CAPTAIN series ensures greater fuel efficiency, increased vehicle uptime, faster turnaround and will reduce vehicle operating costs substantially. The product also has a state-of-the-art electrical and electronic architecture with self-diagnostic capability for greater reliability and safety.
Besides the domestic market, the company plans to export the Captain range of trucks to Middle East, Latin America, Africa and South East Asian countries as completely built units (CBU).
According to the company, "The CAPTAIN 2523 Tipper is designed to meet high-productivity norms in mines. The high-torque and fuel-efficient H-series common rail fuel injection system (CRS) engine and the 9-speed gearbox make the CAPTAIN 2523 Tipper truly powerful and unstoppable. The driveline coupled with hub-reduction technology in the rear axle adds extra traction to the wheels helping the vehicle climb steep gradients. With the heavy-duty bogie suspension, solid aggregates, best-in-class technology, international styling and superior comfort, the CAPTAIN 2523 Tipper offers the best ROI for customers."
“I am very proud to be associated with Ashok Leyland. The CAPTAIN reflects the attributes of a leader such as Ashok Leyland when it comes to robust performance, reliability and Indian ingenuity. I am sure it will offer great value to its customers and will increase their productivity. I wish Ashok Leyland the very best with its new offering,” said Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Ashok Leyland is setting-up cab repair facilities across many dealerships and offers a 3-year full vehicle warranty and a 4-year warranty for the driveline on the product. The Company’s extensive network of over 475 full service outlets and availability of genuine Leyparts will ensure complete service support while the overall aftermarket service package and time-bound accident repair assurance will add further value to the customers’ business.