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27.2.15

BUSMAKERS NEWS * India

* Karnakata - Tata Marcopolo Magna luxury bus to rival Volvo and Scania from 2016


 -- Tata Motors brought around a change in the Commercial Vehicle segment with their all new Magna bus series... Keen to retain its market share and upgrade its existing portfolio, Tata Motors, along with their Brazilian partner, MarcoPolo plans to launch new luxury buses under a new nameplate called Magna. The first bus will roll out by mid 2016... These buses will be produced from the company plant in Dharwad, Karnataka which was set up by Tata Motors and Brazilian bus makers, Marcopolo. The Dharwad facility has an annual capacity of 15,000 units plant but utilization as on date is of 12,000-13,000 units per year. These buses will be in a price bracket which will be very competitive and will sport larger dimensions and plenty of on board comforts... Tata Marcopolo Magna luxury buses will possess 44 seater bus, push back seating with a 2×2 layout and wide aisle with its emergency door situated at the rear... (Image: Tata Marcopolo Magna luxury bus) - Dharwad, Karnataka, India - Rush Lane, by Pearl Daniels - February 17, 2015 


* India - Original equipment manufacturers' bus market share likely to double on safety norms, GST


 -- Introduction of more safety parameters in manufacturing of buses and implementation of GST are likely to double the market share of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland, Mahindra & Mahindra, Swaraj and Eicher Motors in the bus manufacturing segment in the next four-five years. These companies expect a two-fold jump in their bus volumes, which is expected to put their market share in the range of 40/45% in the next four-five years from 20% now... The total annual bus sales volumes in India are between 70,000 and 76,000 units... Among the various segments in the bus manufacturing industry, OEMs' market share is expected to show exponential growth in the high tonnage bus since the present market share is at 10%. This is likely to boost margins for OEMs once the proportion of fullybuilt buses increases in comparison with the chassis sold to the unorganised private fabricators for bus building... (Photo: Tata Marcopolo is among the top five bus manufacturers in the world. It can produce up to 18,000 buses per annum) - Mumbai, India - The Economic Times, by Ashutosh Shyam -18 Feb, 2015 


* Karnakata - Tata builds safest bus at Hubli plant 


  -- As of now, there are no regulations on bus manufacturers resulting in cramped journey, extreme heat, intolerable vibration, noise and poor safety standards... Tata Motors has started the manufacturing of new buses complying to the stringent norms on “uniform bus code” related to safety, design and comfort. The bus code, which aims to regulate the bus manfacturing, will come into force from April 1, 2015... Tata Motors is giving utmost priority to safety and comfort of bus passengers by strictly complying to ‘uniform bus code’ norms. The Centre and the state governments have recognised this and placed orders for 3,465 buses with us under JNNURM-2. Of the total 8,000 buses, the tenders for which were finalised across the country, nearly half of them were awarded to Tata Motors,” said Ravi Pisharody, ED, Tata Motors, during an interaction with media at its Dharwad plant in Karnataka on Wednesday.. .(Photo: World-class buses and trucks from Tata Motors on display at Dubai) - Dharwad, Karnataka, India -The Asian Age, by L. Venkat Ram Reddy -Feb 14, 2015

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