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Old 4th November 2008, 11:33   #691
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Red face Tata Marcopolo in BMTC, Bangalore

Wonder how no one covered this as yet. Was expecting it to be already posted by the time I got to work yesterday! Anyway here's the news.

Tata has "gifted" two ("to be made in Karnataka") Marcopolos to BMTC (I guess like Volvo did to KSRTC several years ago) to try them out. Expecting fat orders in the near future, I suppose. But it is a good move.

They supposedly have features which even the Volvos (currently in Bangalore) lack like:

1. Air curtains that activate when the door opens disallowing the loss of cool air and reducing AC load. Nice feature I say. Have seen them on Volvos and Scanias in Sweden. They hold in the hot air there

2. Disabled Ramp and Wheel Chair lock: It is high time such features become mandatory in Public transport! Has anyone seen how much space the disabled cabins have on the Bombay Locals? Even a normal person would feel claustrophobic! Bangalore footpaths are the least wheelchair/pram friendly roads I have ever seen :( with those granite slabs thrown haphazardly! It is like a punishment to walk.

The full article and a picture here: Here’s another option for luxury bus ride (cancel the print command)

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Why is AL not launching anything its sitting silent with 2 products Luxura and i10.....the market is so competitive its starnge they r not doing anything visible tohit the market
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Why is AL not launching anything its sitting silent with 2 products Luxura and i10.....the market is so competitive its starnge they r not doing anything visible tohit the market
I heard from a senior Al source that Luxura faced lots of problems relating to tyre wear and suspension during its initial trials. The launch is already long delayed.

Any reviews on the new low-floor AL coach which is apparently doing the rounds in Bangalore Airport? Is it their own bus, or in collaboration with a Chinese company?
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Also when I was in school/college there was a decent body builder called Yathra. Do you know whether they are still around?
There's a Yathra builder at Thodupuzha, if that's what you might've seen....they been around for quite some years now. Dunno if there're others too.
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Along with the Luxura, what happened to the AL 4026 tractor which was powered by an 8 litre engine ? Was it ever launched ?
On AL's website, all I can see is the 4921 (how much does the engine displace?) available with their 'newgen' cab.

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Tata has "gifted" two ("to be made in Karnataka") Marcopolos to BMTC (I guess like Volvo did to KSRTC several years ago) to try them out. Expecting fat orders in the near future, I suppose. But it is a good move.
Is the Dharwad plant not operational yet? Is says these buses were made in Lucknow plant. Price=??? (I only see estimated that its half the cost of Volvo) and 35 seater with more features than Volvo like you said. Here are more features

Equipped with a host of commuter friendly features, the new A/C bus has a ramp for the disabled, a button on each seat, where the commuter has to just press it to ensure the driver stops the vehicle and seat-belts.

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everything is true mpower but the seat quality nowhere near the volvo,i dont know why tata neglected this part, this makes volvo more comfortable
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everything is true mpower but the seat quality nowhere near the volvo,i dont know why tata neglected this part, this makes volvo more comfortable
Have you been in this bus? How was it?
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i saw the pics on another sight of the buses being flagged off in the city they posted the interior pics and the interiors are not very impressive
infact the seats are a little different than the latest ordinary citibuses
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saw some FIAT/P buses in front of the GRAND HOTEL. they were all identical with the old fiat logo on the grille & P written at the front & the back. i think its the UNO grille fitted there.
don't know what actually it is.
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Very unfortunate. India is also facing the crisis . AL and TATA plants for CV will be closed half of the week due to reducing demands of CV
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In addition, i have heard that AL is currently laying off people.
One TM guy i spoke to was saying that apart from the ACE platform,nothing seems to be selling.
Most CV manufacturers state that their order book is still more or less healthy, but invoicing / delivery is not happening because of dearth of financing in the market.
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saw some FIAT/P buses in front of the GRAND HOTEL. they were all identical with the old fiat logo on the grille & P written at the front & the back. i think its the UNO grille fitted there.
don't know what actually it is.
This definitely is a bus body builder using parts from the car bin (as they usually do with head/tail lamps) if they have used the Uno grill.

If not they must have just put some design concepts to fill the space. Am sure it would have nothing to do with FIAT.

The P could might as well be Prakash, a body builder (guess from Bangalore) who is good at copying Sutlej designs!
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The P could might as well be Prakash, a body builder (guess from Bangalore) who is good at copying Sutlej designs!
The "P" logo is surely not of Prakash. This company badges their buses with their name as such.

Probably Prakash used to copy Sutlej - but not anymore. They copy Volvo these days
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Nice Addon of that Fiat Grill there, i even saw some buses with Scorpio grills in front.
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