BharatBenz unveils brand new BSVI truck range
Published On Jan 29, 2020
The Indian arm of the German Truck makers after extensive testing unveils a new generation of trucks and buses with profit technology and the promise of superior fuel efficiency, safety, and comfort along with the highest reliability and connectivity to the Indian truck owner. The company has invested Rs 500 crore to developed new facilities and over 1000 new parts for BSVI trucks with 80% localisation.
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) among the first Indian OEM now ready to roll-out its modern BSVI range of trucks. The company showcased its all-new range of BharatBenz medium and heavy-duty trucks in Mumbai this week. The new BSVI truck range is available for pre-bookings and will be commercially available, depending on the fuel availability across India. The company, though, already started receiving orders from customers.
L to R - Mr. Thomas Fricke, Daimler Buses India, Mr. Satyakam Arya, DICV MD & CEO, Mr. Rajaram K & Mr. Pradeep T DICV, R & D
Daimler’s new generation trucks come with pioneering ‘ProfitTechnology+’ a package of technologies and features ensuring industry-leading fuel efficiency, safety, comfort, and reliability. With the new generation of BharatBenz trucks, DICV moves away from the traditional tonnage classification. Instead, it will focus on creating the best truck for every need, customizing vehicles for use applications and targeting specific sectors such as e-commerce.
Speaking on occasion, Satyakam Arya, MD & CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, said, “BharatBenz’s new CV range offers Indian customers the solution they need for the future, setting new benchmarks for medium and heavy-duty trucks with improved fuel efficiency, safety and connectivity. Going forward, we will move away from tonnage and focus on customized solutions for different applications.”
Focus on digitalization for customers
The company’s focus now is on today’s digital customer. Its Proserv digital service platform, and the new telematics solutions Truckonnect and Bus Connect. These connectivity-enhancing services allow fleet-operators to track and analyse their vehicles in real-time. The benefits of this include improved fleet and fuel management, reduced running costs, increased utilization of assets and improved driver performance.
The Proserv application is enabled with 65+ features including booking, parts ordering, renewal of contracts, extended warranty, insurance, fleet maintenance, 24x7 RSA and integration with all types of online payment options bringing everything for the customer at their fingertips.
High on Features
The new BharatBenz BSVI range comes with various new features. The new range further achieves BSVI compliance months ahead of the government’s April 2020 deadline. DICV leveraged Daimler’s global network of technical expertise to quickly and efficiently localize proven EURO-6 technologies for use in the Indian market. With an investment of around Rs 500 crore, DICV developed new facilities and over 1000 new parts for BSVI, all while achieving localization above 80%.
The exteriors get a bold and solid styling and are equipped with a distinctive front grille with a bumper spoiler, giving the trucks a mighty look. The cabins are more comfortable, thanks to air-suspended seats. The vehicle comes with soft cruise control that helps drivers maintain a constant speed and thereby improves fuel efficiency. The instrument cluster will also have a gear-shift advisory, bringing more awareness to driving in the right gear.
The BharatBenz trucks are powered by the OM926, 4D34i engine. The key differentiator in technology will be the after-treatment systems used in the vehicles. BharatBenz trucks come with up to 6 years standard warranty and industry-best extended warranty for up to 8 years. The trucks will have service intervals up to 20 percent longer and will reduce maintenance costs significantly by up to six percent.
In addition to completing over 5.2 million kilometers of BSVI testing in India, DICV is also gearing up its after-sales network with learnings from other markets. These competencies have been incorporated into training modules at its dealerships, which now spread across India with over 235 customer touchpoints nationwide.