Tata Motors Wins 2,700 Unit Bus Order in India

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Pictured: Tata Marcopolo bus.

Tata Motors, the world’s fourth largest bus manufacturer has received an order for 2,700 of its Tata Marcopolo built buses, as per the Urban Bus Specifications, under the nation’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme.

The ‘URBAN’ buses have been designed for safety, comfort and convenience for passengers and improved operating efficiency for State Transport Authorities.

They are fitted with interior CCT cameras that record every journey and feature a wide centre aisle, larger windows and lower, wider doors making it safer and easier to alight and egress.

Tata’s URBAN buses incorporate ITS (Intelligence Transport Systems) linked via the vehicle’s GPS and can display public information on the electronic destination boards. Information includes expected time of arrival at bus stops and route announcements within the bus.

Bucket type seats, softer suspension, tubeless tyres and lower NVH ensure a more comfortable ride for passengers.

Operational efficiency is improved for the STU’s (State Transport Units), as the buses are able to connect with a central control room server, through which an operator monitors the performance of each bus in terms of number of trips, position, adherence to pre-scheduled maintenance by monitoring real-time health of the bus, through the URBAN’s on-board diagnostics. Through this feature operators can also monitor and reschedule the frequency of buses on every route.

Powering the Tata URBAN is a new generation; fuel-efficient Cummins engine coupled to either a 6-speed manual or auto gearbox.

Mr. Ravi Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors. "With these orders, Tata Motors reinforces its position as a leading partner to state transportation corporations, in providing them with the right product and service solutions, enabling them to create and maintain a sus¬tainable public transportation system.

"Balancing affordability for passengers, along with a world-class ‘Metro’ like experience and long-term eco¬nomic viability is a need of every transport undertaking and we at Tata Motors are committed to that need. We will shortly commence delivery of our ‘URBAN’ buses.”

Mr. Pisharody added “These buses are manufactured at the Tata Marcopolo Motors Limited (TMML) world-class facility in Dharwad and Lucknow, with state-of-the-art technologies and expertise in systems for bodybuilding and bus body design, conforming to international standards in quality and safety as well as ‘roll-over tests’ as mandated by the Urban Development Ministry.

With over 60,000 Marcopolo buses plying across the length and breadth of the country, these buses are also marketed in all Tata Motors focused markets globally.”

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