The commercial vehicle major Tata Motors is on a roll. The company has been introducing products and concept consistently matching the growing demand of the national market. The company’s recent joint collaborations to manufacture strategically important new products are testimony to its prowess in the segment and capability to cater to the changing dynamics of the market.
Furthering the initiatives for an enhanced customer purchase experience of its Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles (MHCV) range, Tata Motors showcased 35 different products – from haulage to construction related key technologies and services – at the Advanced Trucking Expo, ‘Truck World,’ in Jaipur. The new Signa range of MHCVs were also launched. The event offered Tata Motors and its partners, communicative and promotional opportunities for these products and solutions, ‘all under one roof.’ The Signa range of MHCVs, showcased at Auto Expo 2016, was presented in various configurations including a newly- designed and configured cabin, with an in-built telematics system and proven Tata Motors aggregates, for a world-class trucking experience.
Tata Motors along with its authorised distributor Sipradi Trading launched the all-new pick-up, The Tata Ace Mega, in Nepal. Boasting superior performance of a pick-up, with a rated payload of one tonne, the vehicle is powered by the new-generation DiCOR diesel engine, offering improved fuel efficiency and the lowest total cost of ownership of a small commercial vehicle. An innovative cargo transport solution, the vehicle has a stylish, strong and comfortable cabin.
Developed to maximise revenues for the last mile transport operators, the Tata Ace Mega ensures more trips and more load carrying capability, with a low turnaround time, meeting requirements of both, intra-city and intercity transportation. Powerful enough to be driven on any terrain, the vehicle performs tasks of a small pick-up, hence is an all-rounder in this segment, helping operators elevate their business.
Tata Motors has signed a strategic agreement with Bharat Forge Limited and General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) of the US, for the Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) programme of the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD). Tata Motors will lead the consortium, with Bharat Forge as a partner, while General Dynamics Land Systems will bring in its proven expertise in combat vehicle platforms.
Under this arrangement, Tata Motors will play on its strengths related to design, development and integration of mobility platforms, while Bharat Forge will bring on board its competence with fighting platforms and manufacturing strengths. General Dynamics, as SOSI (a system of systems integrator) in various programmes, will bring in the required competency enabling Tata Motors, the lead integrator, to offer a truly indigenous solution for this ‘Make in India’ programme. To be developed under the ‘Make Category,’ FICV is a high mobility armoured battle vehicle, for the infantry to keep pace with new advancements in weaponry system. FICV needs to be compact, tracked and amphibious, no heavier than 18-20 tonnes, so that it can be air-portable and transportable by other means, onto combat zones. The FICV will replace the Indian Army’s fleet of 2610 Russian-designed BMP (Sarath BMP-II) series armed vehicles, that are in operation since 1980.
In yet another development, Tata Motors signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra Ex-Servicemen Corporation Ltd (MESCO), to create employment opportunities for ex-service men of the Indian Army, in response to Tata Motors solution for the MoD’s $10 billion combat vehicle programme.
Also the company has signed a follow-on contract for the supply of an additional 619 units, of its high-mobility (HMV) 6X6 multi-axle truck, for the Indian Army. Being built with a material handling crane, the Tata 6X6 HMV is meant for the loading-unloading and transportation of ammunition pallets, spares and other operational equipment.
Developed indigenously, the Tata 6X6 high mobility all-terrain all-wheel drive vehicle, has demonstrated maximum performance in the most demanding conditions and is built on a capable platform for diverse tasks, utilising the state-of-the-art systems and aggregates of Tata Motors.
In the passenger vehicle side Tata Motors has signed a contract to supply 25 Tata Starbus Diesel Series Hybrid Electric Bus with Full Low floor configuration, with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) – the single largest order awarded for Hybrid Electric vehicle technology.
Developed indigenously, the Tata Starbus Full Low Floor Diesel Series Hybrid Electric Bus is economically viable, safe and environmentally friendly. Series Hybrid technology offers lowest cost of ownership, with improved fuel savings of the order of 25-30 percent, reduction in emissions in comparison to conventional buses and runs on pure electric mode, for around 30-35 percent of the total travel distance.
The bus also incorporates ITS (Intelligence Transport Systems) for public information, through GPS via electronic destination display boards, indicating expected time of arrival at bus stops and route announcements within the bus etc. Further, bucket type seats, softer suspension, tubeless tyres and lower NVH (Noise, Vibration & Harshness) ensure that passengers are comfortable.
Global Delivery Centre
Tata Motors has opened the new facility of its Global Delivery Centre (GDC) in Pune at the ICC Devi Gaurav Technology Park at the hands of Guenter Butschek, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, in the presence of senior management from Tata Motors, JLR and other Tata Motors Group companies.
GDC has been set up to streamline business processes and achieve cost optimisation goals through conceptualisation and deployment of shared services strategies for Tata Motors Group. This state-of the art facility has been built to scale up its operations across multiple locations and time zones in 12-15 months.
GDC has footprints also in locations including Mumbai, Jamshedpur, Lucknow, Dharwad, Pantnagar and Sanand, supporting 12 Tata Motors Group companies including JLR, Tata Marcopolo, TAL, Tata Technologies, TML Drivelines and Tata Motors Finance.
Tata Motors launched Shared Services in 2003 with Finance Function and expanded to GDC in 2013 with a team of 120. Today, the team has grown to a strong pool of close to 600 professionals, delivering to over 160 business processes. It has also filed two IPRs for unique process innovations within this short period.