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AMW to roll out new truck models by June


With its two new truck model, along with a bus, being successfully unveiled at the recent 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi, Asia Motor Works (AMW) is now planning to roll out the same in next six months. To be priced in the range of Rs 15 lakhs to Rs 30 lakhs, the 4928 TR tractor and 2528 tipper will be aimed at construction and mining industry.

"We are one of the largest players in the construction and mining trucking business and these two new models will enhance our portfolio. Rather, these models will complete our construction mining trucks range in the country once they are rolled out in next six months," said Anirudh Bhuwalka, managing director and CEO of AMW.

The 4928 TR tractor is a 49-tonne tractor gets a new cabin and is powered by a 270 PS, common-rail, electronically controlled, Cummins diesel engine, mated to a nine-speed Eaton gearbox. On the other hand, the 2528 TP tipper also gets a new cabin and the same engine as the 4928 TR tractor with the same power but with a 9-speed ZF transmission.

What's more, the new truck models will soon replace AMW's existing range of 2518 tipper and 2523 mining truck in near future, thereby resulting in production of 1,000-1,500 trucks per month at its Bhuj plant in Gujarat. "These will be premium range of trucks which will replace our current models," said Bhuwalka. Keeping the premium range in mind, cabins of both the truck models are believed to be one of the largest in the market. The company claims a length of 2307 mm, width of 2435 mm and height of 2913 mm, equipped with GPS navigation system, LED screen for entertainment and sleeping berth for the driver.

According to Bhuwalka, currently the country witnesses a 5,000 units per annum market each for 49 and 25 tonners in the industry.

As far as the new bus model is concerned, the company is aiming to roll out the same in next 6-8 months. "The new luxury coach liner will join the slew of 2,000-3,000 bus market in the country," he added.

In last three years, the company has invested around Rs 1,500 crore for rolling out new models and capacity expansion. AMW currently utilised about 25 per cent of the total 50,000 commercial vehicles per annum capacity.