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Old 1st March 2010, 21:47   #91
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These are low floor chassis,I think its being carried in trucks to avoid damages due to bad road conditions.

Generally Low floor buses are meant for city driving conditions hence getting them to distant cities from plant may be one more reason for carrying in trucks.
Actually I have seen several panthers been driven as chassis and this is the first time I have seen been carried by a truck.
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i had seen this parked on the nashik mumbai highway close to kalwa. Ideally who would be the owner i mean which STU
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On Friday i got an opportunity to travel in the new the Sea Bird Isuzu bus which was launched few days back between Bangalore and Manipal.

The first impression of the bus was good. Its Interior was excellent and it had 2 LCD TV's. Seats are comfortable like any other luxury bus. The bus was clean, drivers were looking decent. Isuzu has a rear engine and the ground clearance is pretty good.

I had low expectations for the Isuzu bus since it was Swaraj Mazda tie up, but the bus exceeded my expectations. Based on my earlier travel experience in most of the Luxury coaches like Mercedes, Volvo , Kinglong, Volvo multi axel and Luxury Tata and AL buses. Isuzu was on par with Volvo & Mercedes on many aspects.

I was surprised to see the speed it was doing. The bus was easily going more than 100 KMS. It has a amazing suspension which came as a surprise. Even Volvo doesn’t have such good suspension. The bus proved itself in the horrible Shiradi ghat road.

The bus looks strong and the noise level and vibration level inside the bus is much lower. The bus was so comfortable that many people inside the bus were snoring. Pickup is a bit lower compared to Volvo and Merc. But Braking and power steering were also excellent. Don’t know how much it is priced but a real worth buy for bus owners.

The bus left at 11.15PM and reached Mangalore at 7.15 AM with more than 1 hour break due to block and some tea time. It covered the distance in just 7 Hours. It also overtook 2 Volvo's. I was really surprised to see the power since I thought it would more compete with Tata Hispano, Corona and AL models, but it can easily compete with Volvo and Mercedes.

Hats off to Isuzu. Pics are here in my web album.

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Well ahead of April2010, AL has started selling its BS3 Viking in the Kerala Market. Here is the first chassis - Viking BS3 procured by a leading a/c coach operator in cochin. It has OE fitted option (pully & bracket) for mounting a/c compressor which can be driven directly by the engine. The body is being built at Saxs Coaches.

Model - Viking 4/83
Engine - Hino 6DTI 3N (166PS) BS3 , EDC
Suspension - Front: Weveller / Rear: Air
Also notice the potentionmetric sensor acclerator pedal !!
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Govt seeks report on labour unrest in ACGL - Goa - City - The Times of India
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company has to fulfill the commitment of supplying 1,100 to various clients, including Middle East countries and the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation. "We have an order for 500 buses for MSRTC pending. If it is not honoured on time we will be fined Rs 20,000 per bus per day
Right time for the employees to ask for a major hike. Is the issue resolved?
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I am quite sure the grill could have been much much better.
Windscreen is the coomon one which we find with the Conventional Irizar Coaches.
Head lamp cluster is not that bad either.
But I am loosing hope...
Though I too not in favour of this grill, which could've been much meaner, this is miles ahead of those on the MAHINDRAs
AL could've ponked the headlamp cluster from the newgen cabs which is very neat and way better than the competition
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Well ahead of April2010, AL has started selling its BS3 Viking in the Kerala Market.
I just heard that BSIV norms are being postponed for few months.
Is this true?
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Spoted a batch of new Ashok Leyland Cheetah buses (6 nos) enroute to Trivandrum. As per one of the driver, its for the Kerala Police. AFAIK after procuring about 50 Stag buses from AL in 2007, they had opted for nearly 30 Tata Lp1510 buses in 2008. And those tata buses were painted white in colour.
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Here is some info about Tata Marcopolo new bus LPO1624RE.
This bus is comparable with Volvo LE buses in terms of its features.

Model: LPO1624RE
Body: Tata Marcopolo
Type: LowFloor390mm, integral.
Engine: REAR fitted CumminsISBe 240Hp Diesel with CRDI FuelSystem
Gearbox: Auto Transmission
Others: Fully pneumatic suspension with kneeling facility, multiplex wiring system etc.
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Engine: REAR fitted CumminsISBe 240Hp Diesel with CRDI FuelSystem
They should atleast offer the ISC as an option..if they want to truly compete with Volvo. The B is simply not powerful enough.

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Here is some info about Tata Marcopolo new bus LPO1624RE.
This bus is comparable with Volvo LE buses in terms of its features.

Model: LPO1624RE
Body: Tata Marcopolo
Type: LowFloor390mm, integral.
Engine: REAR fitted CumminsISBe 240Hp Diesel with CRDI FuelSystem
Gearbox: Auto Transmission
Others: Fully pneumatic suspension with kneeling facility, multiplex wiring system etc.
Will be more expensive than current models i guess, who will buy is the question. Anyway good to see TM is catching up with Volvo in every aspect. is it for CW Games?
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is it for CW Games?
It cannot be for the commonwealth games as it has a diesel engine. AFAIK DTC buys only CNG buses now.
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I dont know whether posting it here is right or wrong. And if it is going to make any difference to the manufacturers. But if volvo is listening: "Please make the horn on your city buses louder. Much Much Louder."

The problem is that the bus itself is very quiet, being rear engined only reduces the sound further. Add to that a feeble maruti 800 horn. You never know when one sneaks up behind you, especially in night. And treating a Volvo like you treat a Maruti 800 on highway in terms of giving way etc can be quite risky.

I had these buses sneak up to me and it was not very comforting.
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I had these buses sneak up to me and it was not very comforting.
You need to start using your rear-view mirrors more often.
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AFAIK DTC buys only CNG buses now.
Its not "buys only CNG buses now" - read it as "can buy only CNG buses".
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