Pune-based Force Motors Ltd has signed a technology licence agreement with a German auto major, Daimler AG for a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV). It earlier licensed to a 2.2-litre common rail engine used by the company in the Traveller range of light commercial vehicles.
Daimler AG and Force Motors Limited have been together since 4 decades that had continues business relationship. Now the company has used upgraded versions of this engine in its upcoming sports utility vehicle (SUV), Force One, which is to be introduced shortly. Other variants of the engine will be adapted for its MPV.
Force is the contract manufacturers to assemble engine and axles for the requirement of Mercedes Benz that produces a wide range of luxury passenger cars in India.
Force Motors also said it is scouting for a new location in Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh, to set up a new plant for producing the MPV, likely to commence by the end of 2012. The factory will have an initial capacity to make 24,000 vehicles a year.
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