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Large Bus Exports order for Tata Motors; To help Revamp, Urban Transport System in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo Press kit

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13 June, 2006

Tata Motors has further expanded its Bus Exports operation by entering the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it has received and is executing a large order valued at about Rs.55 crores, to revamp the urban transport system of Kinshasa, the capital city. As a major part of this order, 228 nos. of buses have been delivered so far. The buses are being supplied under the Indian Government’s Line of Credit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, through the EXIM Bank of India.

In 2005-06, Tata Motors exported over 6,000 buses, registering an impressive growth of about 45% over the previous year. The company exports buses to several countries in Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Ukraine, Malaysia, besides the SAARC countries. Tata buses have a strong presence in most African countries like South Africa, Senegal, Algeria and the Middle East countries like UAE, Kuwait and Qatar.

The 228 buses for Congo were presented in a special public ceremony in Kinshasa. Mr. Muthu Kumar, Special Envoy of the Government of India, handed over the keys to Mr. Herodia Ndombasi, Democratic Republic of Congo’s Vice President, who is also in charge of Reconstruction & Development, in the presence of senior government officials and representatives of Tata Motors.

Mr. P.G. Shankar, Tata Motors’ Head – International Business for Commercial Vehicles, said, “In addition to vehicles, the company is setting up a complete services network in Kinshasa. We are proud to partner with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo in its endeavour to revamp the urban transport system.”

About Tata Motors
Tata Motors, the flagship company of the Tata Group, is India’s largest automobile company, with revenues of US$ 5.5 billion in 2005-06. With over 3 million Tata vehicles plying in India, it is the leader in commercial vehicles and the second largest in passenger cars. It is also the world’s fifth largest medium and heavy truck manufacturer and the second largest heavy bus manufacturer. Tata cars, buses and trucks are already being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and South East Asia and in Australia. The company acquired the Daewoo Commercial Vehicles Company, Korea’s second largest truck maker, in 2004. In 2005, it acquired a 21% stake in Hispano Carrocera, the reputed Spanish bus and coach manufacturer. In 2006, the company set up a joint venture with Marcopolo, the Brazil-based global leader in body-building for buses and coaches Besides India, Tata Motors has R&D centres in South Korea, Spain and the UK.

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