Ashok Leyland Dost, the first product to come out of the Indo-Japanese partnership, started off strongly and managed to sustain a good momentum in the Indian light commercial vehicle market. Ashok Leyland Nissan Vehicles Ltd. has just rolled out its 1,00,000th unit of Dost from its Hosur plant. The feat was achieved in less than 4 years from the launch.
Dost which has a payload rating of 1.25 tonnes is sold not only in the domestic market but is also exported to international markets like Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Male, and UAE. The company says that it sells a Dost every 6 working minutes. In India, the cargo carrier is sold through 350 Ashok Leyland Light Vehicles outlets.
Dost is also available in Ready To Use (RUV) variants such as Ambulance, Refrigerator Van, Steel container, Service-at-Site Van and so on. The LCV is offered with 3 years/1.5 lakh km warranty.
Dost is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel engine which is tuned to deliver 58 hp and 157.5 Nm of torque. Transmission is a 5-speed manual unit.
Unfortunately for Ashok Leyland and Nissan, Dost LCV is the only brisk selling product in the portfolio. Production of Stile had to be halted due to lack of demand and sales of Partner (cargo) and Mitr (passenger) models are also not very encouraging.