15 October, 2008
Tata Daewoo, a fully owned subsidiary of Tata Motors and South Korea’s second largest truck maker, has developed a prototype of South Korea’s first LPG medium commercial vehicle (MCV). The vehicle was developed by Tata Daewoo in association with the Ministries of Commerce, Industry and Energy, Korea Energy Management Corporation and a consortium of 12 organisations.
The 4.5 tonne (payload) Novus LPG truck conforms to EURO V emission norms and uses next generation technology with Liquid Phase Injection (LPLi) 5.9 litre LPG engine with power of 240 PS. The vehicle while promoting the use of a low-pollution fuel that meets Euro V requirements, overcomes the disadvantages of conventional LPG or diesel vehicles like low power output and engine start-up problem, particularly during winter. Other advantages include reduced noise and emission levels along with enhanced engine life compared to existing diesel trucks.
The prototype of the vehicle was displayed at the 21st World LP Gas Forum in Seoul and the Gunsan International Auto Expo (GAEX). The World LPG Forum is aimed at promoting applications of LP Gas with a view to improving quality of life and helping tackle the wider issue of climate change.
The LPG MCV is just one example of Tata Daewoo’s commitment to developing clean-fuel technology. The company has in the past developed low emission diesel, CNG and LNG commercial vehicles through use of environment friendly technology in its design, development and manufacturing process.
About Tata Motors
Tata Motors is India’s largest automobile company, with revenues of US$ 8.8 billion in 2007-08. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand and Spain. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, a business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has a strategic alliance with Fiat. With over 4 million Tata vehicles plying in India, Tata Motors is the country’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top three in passenger vehicles. It is also the world’s fourth largest truck manufacturer and the second largest bus manufacturer. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia and South America.