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Tata Motors to launch MCV buses for intercity and staff transportation Press kit

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15 February, 2013

Key features:

  • International styling and luxurious interiors

  • Unmatched safety standards

  • Comfortable and pleasant ride experience

  • Superior tubular structure which is highly durable and corrosion resistant

  • Easy maintenance and service accessibility

  • After sales support on bus body as well

Tata Motors has developed a line-up of world-class buses for the MCV market. The company today showcased two new exciting applications for intercity transportation and staff transportation at the SIAM International Bus & Utility Vehicles Show, at Greater Noida. Other new technologies on display included the luxurious Divo Coach, Semi Deluxe Starbus Ultra Contract Bus, the all new Starbus Ultra for school application and an ambulance based on the Tata Venture platform.

According to Mr. Ravi Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors, "The MCV market is traditionally dominated by chassis sales but Tata Motors is all set to change this trend with our newly designed and company built MCV buses. The two buses on display are an effort to upgrade the market to a much more superior product quality in their respective sub-segments. These buses are specially designed for their intended application with an aim to provide a company built options. As leaders in the commercial vehicle market, we always look forward to bringing new products to market and this move is a step in this direction."

The new MCV buses are fully built offerings catering to both AC & Non AC contract and intercity applications. The world-class body has been built as per international standards by Tata Motors Marcopolo Limited., on proven Tata LPO 1618 and LPO 1512 chassis, which are known for its reliability and superior performance. The light weight body improves vehicle performance while still keeping the durability and strength aspect intact due to the superior body building process technology adopted from Marcopolo, Brazil. These buses are built on the improved Ex range on MCV buses which promises superior mileage, best operating economics and enhanced safety standards.

Front Engine Luxury AC Intercity Coach- 45-Seater: This coach is a hallmark of luxury when it comes to intercity and elite staff transportation. This smart coach offers the advantages of superior body building technology with plush interiors and sleek modern exteriors. With individual AC vents, luxurious push back seats and ample luggage space, it meets all long distance travel requirements. Built on the reliable 180 HP Tata platform, it comes with various advanced features like hydrodynamic retarder, air suspension, overdrive gearbox and tubeless radial tyres.

Luxury Non AC Staff Bus – 41-Seater: This is a luxury staff bus designed on the MCV platform to cater to elite staff and tourist transportation. With luxurious push back seats, and features such as wide gangway, flat floor inside saloon, separate driver partition and pleasant interiors, it surely is a treat for the passengers.

The two new buses on display will be launched in the market, in a phased manner shortly.

About Tata Motors
Tata Motors is India’s largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues of Rs. 1,65,654 crores ($ 32.5 billion) in 2011-12. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, Spain, South Africa and Indonesia. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has an industrial joint venture with Fiat in India. With over 7.5 million Tata vehicles plying in India, Tata Motors is the country’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles. It is also the world’s fourth largest truck and bus manufacturer. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, CIS and Russia.

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Tata Motors displays an exciting line-up of stylish and new generation buses and utility vehicles at the SIAM International Bus & Utility Vehicles Show

New vehicles on display:

  • Fully-built Front Engine Luxury Intercity Coach

  • Fully-built Luxury Non AC Staff Bus

  • Luxurious Divo Coach

  • Semi-Deluxe Starbus Ultra Contract Bus

  • Starbus Ultra School

  • Tata Venture Ambulance

  • Tata Safari Storme

  • Tata Aria

  • Tata Sumo Gold

Front Engine Luxury AC Intercity Coach- 45-Seater: This coach is a hallmark of luxury when it comes to intercity and elite staff transportation. This smart coach offers the advantages of superior body building technology with plush interiors and sleek modern exteriors. With individual AC vents, luxurious push-back seats and ample luggage space, it meets all long distance travel requirements. Built on the reliable 180 HP Tata platform, it comes with various advanced features like hydrodynamic retarder, air suspension, overdrive gearbox and tubeless radial tyres.

Luxury Non AC Staff Bus – 41-Seater: This is a luxury staff bus designed on the MCV platform to cater to elite staff and tourist transportation. With luxurious push-back seats, and features such as wide gangway, flat floor inside saloon, separate driver partition and pleasant interiors, it surely is a treat for the passengers.

Tata Divo Coach: The recently launched, Tata Divo is a luxury AC Coach, meant for inter-city passenger transportation and tourist operations. The Tata Divo body design comes from Hispano Carrocera of Spain, a fully owned subsidiary of Tata Motors, providing a truly international standard ride to the long distance traveler.

The sleek body and the luxurious interiors are a treat to the eye. Tata Divo offers customised interior features such as different seating layouts in semi-sleeper and seater configurations, wide seats with upto 135 degree recline with head flaps and armrests, generous saloon space with high roof, hat-racks with personalised controls for AC and reading lights, large luggage space, making it the ultimate luxurious coach. In addition, an entertainment system with DVD player and 2 LCD screens, on board refrigerator, mobile charging points, destination board, public address system, enhance the travel experience.

The BS III compliant, Tata Divo’s drive-train is engineered by 285 HP powerful Cummins engine, a break-through in terms of technology and reliability. Mated with a 6-speed overdrive gearbox for higher fuel efficiency, larger 430 mm diameter clutch for enhanced life, exceptional braking performance with a hydrodynamic retarder, and a superior independent front axle for better maneuverability. All this translates into superior performance.

Semi Deluxe Non AC Starbus Ultra Contract Bus: Tata Motors presents yet another variant in from the Starbus Ultra range, catering the premium employee transportation and the tourist segments. This 36-seater variant with plush push-back seats and wide gangway offers utmost comfort to corporate passengers. It has been specifically designed keeping in mind premium contract carriage travel and offers features like lowest NVH in-its-class, utmost comfortable seating, full driver partition for insulated passenger area, rear luggage booth and light green tinted glasses.

Starbus Ultra School: Tata Motors is proud to announce its latest entrant in the Starbus Ultra Range, a 56-seater school bus from the ICV platform range. In the 3X2 seating configuration with the door ahead of the front axle, it is the highest revenue generating bus for the operators in the school segment. It also delivers on its Ultra promise of ultra mileage, ultra comfort, ultra low operating costs and resulting Ultra profits. The bus is equipped with a front overhang of 1800mm, one of the best-in-its-class and has the best utilisation of internal space. The bus has a stylish and new front facia from Tata Marcopolo with improved interiors and exterior styling and aesthetics.

Tata Venture Ambulance: The Tata Venture Ambulance is powered by a 1.4 L turbo diesel engine, delivering 71 PS(70 bhp) power, with best-in-class fuel efficiency. It’s available in both AC and Non AC version. With minimum turning radius of 4.5 metre and length less than 4 metres, it offers better maneuverability in city driving condition.

The monocoque body keeps the NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) levels low. Front independent suspension, anti-roll bars with hydraulic shock absorbers and radial tyres together ensure a bump-free ride. Collectively, these features add up to zero stress and 100 % comfort for the patient.

The Venture Ambulance comes loaded with features like- Air conditioner and heater, collapsible stretcher, 12 V Plug for ECG connection, anti-skid flooring, bar type siren, back cabin tube light, provision for oxygen cylinder, first-aid box and washable seats & stretcher. This ambulance will provide maximum care, safety, and comfort for both patient and the paramedic.

Tata Safari Storme: The new Tata Safari Storme is a refined beast delivering a performance of 0 – 100 km/hr in under 15 sec. Its 2.2 L VariCOR engine, turbocharged with VTT (Variable Turbine Technology), delivers 140 PS Power & 320 NM Torque, providing easy driveability, swifter response and lower NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness). The vehicle also features ESOF (electronic shift-on-fly) technology, enabling engagement of the 4×4 or 4X2 mode, on the move. Yet it is highly fuel efficiency at 14kmpl in the 4×2 variant and 13.2kmpl in the 4×4 variant.

The Tata Safari Storme has an all new front look grill, side cladding, new projector headlamps and an all new rear look. The bonnet now boasts of a ‘power bulge,’ which gives it a sportier look. Aerodynamically designed spoilers, new pull-type door handles and ergonomically designed side foot-steps, ensure easy entry and exit. The tailgate trim comes in an all new guise of ergonomically designed grab handles and a spare tyre located underneath the vehicle. The new chrome-tipped twin exhausts add to the sporty demeanour of the vehicle, and the newly designed roof-rails add to the muscular look.

The tilt-adjust (collapsible steering column), reclining front bucket seats with fore/aft adjustment position and lumbar support ensure fatigue free long drives. The integrated 12V-gadget charging points are available on first, second and third row seats. The vehicle is equipped with a dual-AC with a separate integrated roof mounted blower for rear passengers.

The Safari Storme integrates In-Mold Graining (IMG) technology, along with hand stitched leather steering, for a real feel of luxury. An ergonomically shaped gear knob with chrome highlights, wooden accents on the dashboard and door trims, a new instrument cluster, chrome-lined speaker grills and inside door handles, all go a long way in enhancing the interior look.

The rigid ladder frame with hydro-formed construction provides structural strength to the vehicle. Crumple zones, side intrusion beams on all four doors, dual SRS airbags and the collapsible steering column keep passengers safe from all sides.

The vehicle has vacuum assisted independent hydraulic, ventilated disc brakes on all four- wheels and a 4 channel ABS with EBD, which helps in keeping the vehicle under control, during emergency braking conditions. In addition, there are features like the inertia switch and an auto engine immobilizer. In an exigency, the inertia switch automatically cuts off the fuel supply to the engine, and unlocks all the doors and also switches on the hazard warning light, to warn other road users. The Safari Storme is also fitted with PES headlamps for better illumination and unwanted glare.

Tata Aria: The Tata Aria, is the first Indian four-wheel drive crossover, a luxurious creation with the finesse of a sedan and the muscle of an SUV all blended in one car.

The Tata Aria redefines several benchmarks with its design and technologies, offering class leading features that take comfort and safety to a new height.

The Aria’s styling is a blend of bold proportions, uncluttered lines and uncompromising aesthetics. The aggressive, well planted stance is tempered by a lunging silhouette and a dynamic roofline. Wraparound dual barreled headlamps complement the signature Tata grille. Chrome detailing on the sides accentuates its premium class. The interiors reflect the same richness and elegance in design, layout, and visual appeal. Premium leather upholstery enhances richly textured trims in single or dual tone themes. Air-conditioning louvres on pillars and a sweeping row of roof utility spaces add to the distinctive appeal.

The selectable 4×4 is equipped with a Torque-on-Demand System which significantly enhances all-terrain capabilities. It is the first in its segment with an In-dash GPS-based Navigation System. It is also among those rare cars in India to offer advanced safety features like the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), which ensures the car’s stability, and six airbags to ensure safety in exigencies.

The Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) senses any mismatch between the driver’s intended direction and the actual direction of the car, and automatically intervenes to apply braking force to the appropriate wheel and stabilises the car. Along with ESP, the Traction Control System (TCS) maintains stability under situations of sudden acceleration.

The Aria is equipped with disc brakes on all four wheels resulting in superior braking effectiveness and better control. The Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Breakforce Distribution (EBD) aids steerability and control in emergency braking situations and on slippery surfaces.

The Aria’s frame is constructed with advanced hydroformed members. Hydroforming enhances their rigidity while reducing weight. Besides, the body shell has crumple zones and the doors have side impact bars. Six airbags (driver, front passenger, side and curtain airbags) protect occupants from every side. Besides India, the Aria satisfies all current crash safety norms in European markets.

Tata Sumo Gold: The Tata Sumo Gold has been conceived and designed keeping in mind the needs of the young & progressive customer, who is looking for a stylish, new-age vehicle that is powerful and takes on any terrain with ease.

The Tata Sumo Gold goes a step ahead in putting the reins of power in the customer’s hands, by letting him choose from two powerhouses, that suits his driving experience, delivering the best-in-class acceleration, power and an excellent torque aided pick-up & pull power.

CR4 Turbo – BS4: Symbolising a new elevated state of automobile engineering, the all-new CR4 Turbo engine brings fresh blood to a lineage of powerful engines. This 2956cc determined powerhouse delivers an output of 85Ps @ 3000rpm and a torque of 250Nm @ 1000 to 2000rpm. With a stunning mileage of 14.7 kmpl, this engine is one giant leap ahead of the rest, in its league.

Di Turbo BS3: Bringing years of know-how to a lineage of power is the Di Turbo engine. This 2956cc engine is all-muscle, generating an output of 70PS @ 3000rpm and a torque of 225Nm @ 1600 to 2000rpm. Its sheer size and heft makes the Di Turbo the largest sized diesel engine. This engine delivers an impressive mileage of 14.3kmpl.

The Tata Sumo Gold has an imposing poise, broad stable stance and a visual blitzkrieg of stylish body graphics. A new headlight design works in tandem with a prominent tail lamp cluster, high power forward and rear fog lamps, to light up the path. A renewed front grill, wide rear with a clean back and a spare wheel below the cabin, add not only to its dominant presence but also to its functionality. Large 15’/ 16′ wheels with wide 215 mm / 185 mm radial tyres and a high ground clearance of 190 mm completes the Tata Sumo Gold’s aggressive looks.

The Tata Sumo Gold is as refined on the inside as it is muscular on the outside. A leather wrapped steering wheel, with hydraulic power assistance, puts the driver in absolute control. A stylish centre silver console and a dashboard are thoughtfully located so that reaching out for them is almost instinctive. Plush fabrics add a touch of sophistication, to the spacious interiors, as excellent head, leg and shoulder space makes room for all passengers

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