Mumbai, India (PressExposure) January 12, 2010 -- Mahindra Navistar Automotives Ltd. (MNAL), the commercial vehicle JV between Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) and Navistar Inc. of USA today unveiled the MN 49 and MN 40 trucks for the Indian market at the 10th Auto Expo. The 25 tonne and 31 tonne trucks were earlier unveiled in Delhi recently. These trucks have been designed, developed and tested for Indian roads and usage conditions and are capable of negotiating the toughest terrain. Made for India, made in India and made utilizing the world renowned trucking expertise of Navistar Inc of over 175 years.
"With the addition of the MN 49 and MN 40 to its product portfolio, Mahindra Navistar is now well poised to cater to a wide spectrum of requirements in the Indian HCV industry. This product line up makes us a credible player in the commercial vehicle industry," said Mr. Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra Group.
"I am delighted to witness the launch of the MN 49 and MN 40 at the India Auto Expo. India is an important market for us and the Mahindra Navistar JV will redefine the trucking industry in India," said Mr. Daniel C. Ustian, Navistar Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.
The MN 49 and MN 40 have been developed keeping the unique requirements of the Indian market in mind. They incorporate Navistar's MaxxForceÂ® engine which has been proven across the world for power and fuel efficiency. Their spacious and ergonomic design coupled with a better power to weight ratio and a high load carrying capacity makes them ideal for quick delivery of goods.
In 2005, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. and International Truck and Engine Corporation - the operating company of Navistar - entered into a JV to manufacture light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles for India as well as export markets. The joint venture is in the process of addressing every segment of the commercial vehicle market from 3.5 tonne GVW to 49 tonne GVW with variants of passenger transport, cargo and specialized load applications. Mahindra Navistar aims to expand its product line over the next two years to emerge as a full range commercial vehicle player.
The Mahindra Navistar range of medium and heavy commercial vehicles is being manufactured at M&M's new Greenfield Plant at Chakan, near Pune. The plant, which spans over 700 acres, has been set up with investments of over Rs. 4,000 crore and will produce other M&M products as well.
Mahindra Navistar has put in place an extensive sales and service network to cater to its customers. In addition to the existing network of dealers, MNAL is adding 50 new dealers across the country. Besides this, MNAL will also draw on the vast pool of M&M auto and tractor channel partners to use as an extended network for servicing customers needs.
At the heart of the 49 tonne and 40 tonne trucks is the world renowned MaxxForceÂ® 7.2 litre CRDI engine is the most modern engine in its class in terms of product configuration as well as components technology for the HCV segment in India. With the 4-valve per cylinder technology, the engine has been designed for better performance, higher power, better fuel efficiency and stricter adherence to emission standards.
The vehicles' transmission consists of 9 forward syncromesh gears and 1 reverse. Tilt and telescopic power steering make driving these beasts a breeze, while the GPS vehicle tracking system allows you to keep abreast of the truck's progress along its route.
Both trucks have been rigorously tested and meet stringent international safety standards. The spacious and ergonomically designed cabin with various sleeper options also makes them suitable for continuous long hauls.
Technical Specifications - MN 49 Models
GCW - 49,000 kg Engine - MaxxForce 7.2 lit, CRDI, TCIC BS III Transmission - 9 Forward synchromesh, 1 Reverse Max. Power - 194 kw (260 hp) @ 2200 rpm Max. Speed - 74 Kmph Gradeability - 22.4% Chassis Frame - Ladder type, Uniform C - section Steering - Tilt & Telescopic power steering Rear Suspension - Inverted Bogie Type Brakes - Full air S-Cam, 10 bar system Fuel Tank - 350 Litres ( Optional: 600 litres) Wheels & Tyres - 11X20 - 16PR (Optional : Radial) System Voltage - 24 V Wheel base - 4040 mm Cabin - Single Sleeper, Double Sleeper Options Cabin Tilting - Hydraulically Assisted Manual Vehicle Tracking System - GPS - Optional Air Conditioning - Optional
Technical Specifications - MN 40 Models
GCW - 40,200 kg Engine - MaxxForce 7.2 lit, CRDI, TCIC BS III Transmission - 9 Forward synchromesh, 1 Reverse Max. Power - 194 kw (260 hp) @ 2200 rpm Max. Speed - 86 Kmph Gradeability - 25.3% Chassis Frame - Ladder type, Uniform C - section Steering - Tilt & Telescopic power steering Brakes - Full air S-Cam, 10 bar system Fuel Tank - 350 Litres Wheels & Tyres - 11X20 - 16PR (Optional : Radial) System Voltage - 24 V Wheel base - 3600 mm Cabin - Single Sleeper, Double Sleeper, Cowl Cabin Tilting - Manually operated hydraulic Vehicle Tracking System - GPS - Optional Air Conditioning - Optional