MS Dhoni at Ashok Leyland CAPTAIN truck series launch, next stop Delhi Auto Expo 2014
Hinduja group’s Ashok Leyland, one of India’s largest commercial vehicle manufactures have launched their CAPTAIN series next-gen heavy commercial vehicles this week.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ashok Leyland’s brand ambassador and captain of the Indian cricket team and Mr. Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland, unveiled CAPTAIN 2523 Tipper, the first series model, which will include Tippers, Tractors and Haulage vehicles.
CAPTAIN features a factory-made cab optimising ergonomics and international styling for optimum comfort, life, and performance. CAPTAIN 2523 Tipper will be manufactured at Ashok Leyland’s Pantnagar facility, Uttarakhand. The tipper comes with heavy-duty aggregates and a customised powertrain and is available in 16T GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) to 49T GTW (Gross Trailer Weight). Power comes from 160 HP to 360 HP Inline and CRS engines mated with durable transmission for higer fuel efficiency, increased vehicle uptime, faster turnaround and reduction of operating costs.
Greater reliability and safety is attained from electrical and electronic architecture with self-diagnostic capability.
“It is a matter of great pride for Ashok Leyland to have delivered an indigenously designed product that meets international standards in ergonomics, design principles and performance standards. As against adapting an existing cabin design, we have designed and developed a new cabin family in-house that is specifically suited to customer needs”, said, Mr. Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland. “The CAPTAIN is inspired by Mahi’s values of leadership: performance, perfection and innovation. The product exceeds our expectations of performance, reliability, quality and durability. We are confident the CAPTAIN will change the dynamics of the CV market, firmly put our customers on the path to greater and sustained profitability and become a preferred brand for truckers.”
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, said, “I am very proud to be associated with Ashok Leyland. The CAPTAIN reflects the attributes of a leader such as Ashok Leyland when it comes to robust performance, reliability and Indian ingenuity. I am sure it will offer great value to its customers and will increase their productivity. I wish Ashok Leyland the very best with its new offering.”
CAPTAIN truck series stylish fascia and bold badging adds to road presence. A wide-framed windscreen offers all-round visibility. Easy-to-reach controls, mechanically suspended driver seat with multi-level adjustments, tilt-able and telescopic steering column, air-conditioning and a music system enhance fatigue-free driving experience. CAPTAIN 2523 Tipper is available in 3 variants – Economy, Standard and Deluxe across 3 functional configurations – Day Cab, Sleeper Cab and a High Roof Cab (depending on the apps). Roll-over and crash tests,and over 2 million kms of on-road equivalent trials and reliability testing ascertain maxsafety and lower NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) levels.
CAPTAIN 2523 Tipper is designed to meet high-productivity norms in mines. High-torque and fuel-efficient H-series common rail fuel injection system (CRS) engine and 9-speed gearbox driveline is augmented with hub-reduction tech in the rear axle for extra wheel traction when climbing steep gradients. They will be available in 3 GVW nodes – 16 T, 25 T and 31 T for surface transportation and deep mining. CAPTAIN service intervals will be in multiple of ‘000 kms so scheduled maintenance time and costs are much lower.
Ashok Leyland’s cab repair facilities and 475 full service outlets across dealerships sees clients benefit from a 3-year full vehicle warranty and a 4-year warranty for driveline on the product. Genuine Leyparts ensure complete service support. Overall aftermarket service package and time-bound accident repair assurance enhance tehir value added service experience.