12 of 25 vehicles are now delivered to the Bangalore based travel operator. RTT will offer the Isuzu MU-7 fleet to JW Marriott to ferry guests keeping in mind high level of comfort and a spaciousness in demand. Shigeru Wakabayashi, Deputy Managing Director, Isuzu Motors India says Isuzu MU-7 is gaining popularity in the market owing to its space and comfort offering. Isuzu says there’s been exceptional response for the premium SUV from individuals and business owners. Those looking for space and comfort are recognising MU-7’s other capabilities.
Ramesh Babu, Managing Director, Ramesh Tours and Travels is glad to add Isuzu MU-7 SUVs to the fleet. Isuzu MU-7 offers excellent space and comfort to its passenger and there’s increased demand for such vehicles from customers, and the premium SUV is able to offer both, and more.
Isuzu Motors India targeted 5,000 unit sales a year in India for the initial period. By 2016, Isuzu’s plant here will be ready with production capacity of 50,000 units pa. The contract manufacturing agreement was signed with Hindustan Motors (HML). HML assembles CKD kits of Isuzu MUV-7 and D-Max pick-up at its Thiruvallur plant in Chennai.The Hyderabad manufacturing plant is being set up at an investment of Rs 3000 crore, and will be capable of 1-1.2 lakh units production. It’s deemed to be operational in April 2016. Once local production begins, Isuzu vehicles will increasingly be localised.
Last year, Isuzu Motors India said the company looked to sell 300 D-Max pick up truck units a month in India at an annual target of 3,600 units. With increased focus on infrastructure and road development in India, demand for bigger pickups looks to increase as small commercial vehicles are underpowered for longer trips on highways. In FY2013, pick up truck segment grew at 72 pct to 1.9 lakh units, and was not affected by commercial vehicles sales decline. In the current backdrop of infra growth, commercial vehicle segment is expected to post growth.