New axle load regulations: first upgraded BharatBenz models handed over to customers
Chennai/ Jaipur: BharatBenz handed over its first trucks upgraded
according to the new axle load regulations. The milestone was celebrated at
customer events in Chennai and Jaipur. The first two upgraded BharatBenz
models – a 55-tonne tractor and a 28-tonne rigid truck, are now
commercially available at dealerships across India. The brand will upgrade
its entire portfolio according to the new axle load regulations in a staggered approach.
Mr. Rajaram Krishnamurthy, Vice President Marketing and Sales, Daimler
India Commercial Vehicles, said: “At BharatBenz, we are proud to be the
first in our industry to hand over a 55-tonne truck with best-in-class gross
vehicle weight. Rajasthan is India’s largest tractor-trailer market, so we see
great potential for this powerful workhorse. Our 28-tonne rigid is our
second new model under the new axle load norms; we will upgrade all our
truck models step by step.”
The Bharat Benz 5528T tractor is the successor of the popular BharatBenz
4928T tractor, offering an additional permissible capacity of 6 tonnes under
the new axle load regulations. With a best-in-class GWV (gross vehicle
weight) of 55 tonnes, it is targeted at applications like cement bags,
bulkers, steel coils, tankers and other heavy load transportation. The
BharatBenz 2823R rigid truck is targeted at long-haulage and comes with
two loading span options (24ft, 32ft), catering to a wide range of applications like parcel & logistics, petroleum tanker, auto components, or fisheries.
Like every vehicle in the BharatBenz medium and heavy-duty truck portfolio,
the upgraded models promise low fuel consumption, best-in-class reliability,
fast turnaround time and unmatched comfort.
The BharatBenz brand is tailored for the Indian market and its demanding customer
requirements by Daimler AG, the world’s leading CV manufacturer with a global
reach. First unveiled in February 2011, the brand was launched in September 2012
with the introduction of its heavy-duty haulage trucks. The portfolio was
continuously expanded with the launch of medium-duty haulage trucks (2013),
construction & mining trucks and tractors (2014), and buses (2015). The panIndian BharatBenz sales and service network of more than 180 touchpoints is
continuously expanded. Within six years after the market launch, BharatBenz has
already handed over more than 80,000 vehicles to customers – an unprecedented
ramp-up in the world's toughest commercial vehicle market.