The new Tata Marcopolo buses join the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) fleet under Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation (KURTC). They were flagged-off from Thevara Bus Station, from Ernakulam.
New Tata Marcopolo buses are part of an order of 97 buses KSRTC has placed with Tata Motors under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) phase II. Tata will supply Tata Starbus Urban 9/12 BS III from Marcopolo with upto 40 seats and a capacity to accommodate standing passengers.
Alongwith easy entry and exit, they have a floor height of 900 mm and stand 12 meters in length. Wide passage way facilitates easy movement and entry and exit. Seats are in 2X2 config. Double overhead grab rods, long sliding glass windows, a smart new age front fascia strengthen it as a modern offering.
Power comes from a Tata Cummins ISBe 5.9 BS III engine and 6-SPEED gear box for max performance and efficiency. The new buses meet Urban Bus Specifications – II for faster acceleration of 0.8 minutes per second. New Tata Marcopolo buses are roll-over tested, feature rear air-suspension, and come with lower NVH levels in the cabin.
Being better lit enhances visibility. Safety comes from an emergency rear exit and a fire extinguisher. On-Bus Intelligent Transport System (ITS) includes video cameras for surveillance. Twin on-board LED destination boards are in use. A GPS system features alongside a public announcement system. On board diagnostics feature. Driver cabin space is designed for comfortable operations with a 4-way adjustable seat, and wide angle wind shield for max driver visibility.
Tata Motors has received an order for over 3500 buses nationally under JnNURM II. An order of over 900 buses comes from the Southern region (Karnataka, Pondicherry, Kerala and North-East Karnataka).
Tata Motors domestic market commercial vehicle sales in March 2015 stood at 32,005 units, down by 4 pct. LCV sales were reported at 17,127 units, down 18 pct from March 2014. M&HCV sales at 14,878 units were up by 20 pct. Cumulative commercial vehicle sales in the domestic market for FY 14-15 were 318,268 units, down 16 pct over last year. Cumulative LCV sales was 191,210 units, down 29 pct. M&HCV sales at 127,058 units was up 15 pct.
M&HCV and Exports grew 20 and 5 pct, respectively YoY. Total commercial and passenger vehicles sales (including exports) in March 2015 stood at 52,479 vehicles (PY 51,184 vehicles) equating to 3 pct growth. Domestic sales of Tata commercial and passenger vehicles for March 2015 were 47,044 units (PY 45,996 vehicles), equating to 2 pct growth.