BharatBenz previews its India range


BharatBenz, the Indian brand for Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) has previewed eight of its commercial vehicles in a ceremony today as it kickstarts its Indian operations. Its trucks based on the Fuso and Axor range were previewed in the 9 to 49 tonne range, totalling eight new models.

DICV will launch a total of 17 models over the next 20 months as it prepares a major onslaught on the Indian CV market that has shown good growth over the last few years.



BharatBenz unveiled trucks in the 9, 12, 25, 31 and 49-tonne range with various usages and applications. The LDT, based on the Mitsubishi Fuso platform features a 140 bhp or 175 bhp 3.9-litre four-cylinder diesel motor and is available as a 9 and 12-tonne model. The vehicles come as rigid and construction applications. These models feature A/C, anti-roll bars and upgraded suspension for comfort.

The HDT range, based on the MB Axor features a 6.3-litre, six-cylinder diesel engine with 231 bhp and 279 bhp states of tune. It has been offered in 25-tonne (rigid or construction), 31-tonne (rigid or construction) and 49-tonne tractor-trailer. As an industry first, the truck comes with an intra-axle differential lock and balancer-type rear suspensions. DICV also claims that the truck is offered in mixer format where the mixer is directly driven by the truck engine and not a separate motor.

All trucks mentioned above come with 85 per cent localisation levels. The trucks have been tested over 4.5 million kilometres on DICV's own test-track. The first trucks will be launched in the third-quarter of the calendar year 2012. DICV will kick-off operations with 70 dealerships in the first phase and will ramp up to 100 by 2014. Finance options are offered by Daimler Financial Services, HDFC Bank, ICICI bank and Sundaram Finance. The trucks are built at DICV's facilities at Oragadam near Chennai at its 400 acre plant and has an initial installed capacity of 36,000 units per annum.