Ashok Leyland, the Hinduja Group flagship, introduced a range of Haulage trucks fitted with Twin Speed Rear Axles and many other modifications that promises enhanced fuel efficiency of up to 10%. Deployed on 25 and 31 Tonne trucks in both 6×2 and 8×2 configurations, the new set of technologies are custom designed for the Ashok Leyland driveline, with the Twin Speed Axle being the primary change.
Ideal for an open highway condition, the technology allows the driver to shift to fuel-economy mode, while cruising, just by pressing the ‘Twin-Speed’ button. The ‘Twin-Speed’ technology also offers benefits of faster turnaround, improved driveability and reduced Noise levels.
On the introduction of this new technology, Mr. Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland said, “It is our constant endeavor to seek ways to improve our customers’ profitability and what better way than to reduce their burden on fuel cost. After all, fuel cost is the highest component in the cost of operating a vehicle. We are confident that our customers will find in this new technology an excellent value proposition.”
The Twin-Speed technology will be on offer on some of the Company’s flagship models, in the multi-axle range, like the 2516IL, 2516XL, 3116IL and 3118IL, which are best suited for applications like market load, cement, tankers and general cargo and are already top performers in their class. These vehicles equipped with twin-speed axles will be launched across the country in a phased manner. The package of such technology improvements will be extended to 4×2 Haulage and Buses as well.
Customer care will be on offer through Ashok Leyland’s robust network of 428 full service outlets that are positioned at every 75 kms on all major highways across the country. A rich bouquet of services including the unique TatkaAL promise, first launched by Ashok Leyland, that ensures service within 4 hours on any major highway and restoration of vehicle within 48 hours. In the rarest instance of causing any delay, the Company will pay a penalty of Rs. 1,000 a day to the customer. Besides this, the Company offers Annual Maintenance Contracts, 3 years’ extended warranty and 2 years’ extended service packages on its range of MAVs.