Tata Motors has just gotten the taste of Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). First in Zest compact sedan, which will be followed by Bolt hatchback and Nano in micro segment in early 2015. AMT technology is just gaining popularity in passenger car segment, while in mass transit community, the facility is not new.
Volvo offers I-Shift automated gear changing system in B9R chassis and PX platform. 9400PX, India’s first 14.5 Multi-axle coach, has steerable tag-axle for enhanced manoeuvrability and sports Volvo I-shift automated transmission as standard, which is used by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). Volvo I-Shift is offered with choice of gearchanging programs and functions, enabling precise gearchanges and low internal frictional losses, contributing to economical driving.
Automated Manual Transmission has seen tremendous success in both bus and truck worlds. Scania too has AMT equipped busses in India. It delivered first intercity bus in South India, Metrolink HD 48-seater bus with Scania Opticruise 8-speed automated gear changing, to KPN Travels India Limited headquartered at Salem (Tamil Nadu).
Hinduja Group’s Ashok Leyland too has launched buses with AMT, latest is JanBus sporting LeyMatic Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). It was launched in Kolkata on 1st August 2014.
Even in truck market, all above manufacturers offer products with AMT in India.
Tata showcased Marcopolo Parallel Hybrid City bus at 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, which features AMT made by WABCO. The company has started testing clutch less transmission on mid-size trucks and ultra range of busses, to launch sometime next year, to keep up pace in commercial vehicle market. Tata ACE light commercial vehicle could also get this feature at later stage.
Via – Economic Times