Ashok Leyland, the Indian flagship of the Hinduja Group and the country’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer, announced on Friday that it has secured an order for 1,666 buses from Tamil Nadu State Transport Undertakings (TN STUs).
This is the single largest BS-VI order received from State Transport Undertakings and will further contribute to strengthening Ashok Leyland’s dominant position in the bus industry, the company said in a statement.
Ashok Leyland has been the most preferred brand by TN STUs, with more than 18,000 Ashok Leyland buses operational in its fleet, comprising over 90 per cent of the total fleet. These buses will be specially designed to ensure outstanding passenger comfort and will be equipped with advanced iGen6 BS-VI technology, featuring a robust 147 kW (197 hp) H-series engine. This engine is expected to enhance safety, comfort, and reduce the overall total cost of ownership (TCO).
Shenu Agarwal, managing director and chief executive officer of Ashok Leyland, said, “We are delighted to have received the single largest BS-VI order from Tamil Nadu State Transport Undertakings. Our ability to deliver value, coupled with our cutting-edge technology and innovative solutions, will not only help us uphold our top position in the Indian bus market, particularly with STUs, but also empower us to explore new frontiers as we work towards meeting the rapidly expanding public mobility needs of our country. Our deep understanding of our markets and customers sets us apart and has been instrumental in our success in winning these orders.”
Sanjeev Kumar, President of M&HCV at Ashok Leyland, said, “We are thrilled to have received the single largest order for BS-VI buses from TN STUs, with whom we have a long-standing association and decades-old relationship. With this order, we are bound to cross the prestigious milestone of over 20,000 of our buses operating with TN STUs. This is a testament to the reliability, durability, and robustness of our buses. The total cost of ownership and the product experience that we deliver are the best in the industry.”
Ashok Leyland is the fourth-largest manufacturer of buses in the world and India’s largest bus manufacturer.