Force Motors rolls out mini bus
Pune-based automotive major Force Motors Ltd Monday rolled out its 26-seater mini bus with novel features.
Powered by common rail engine, manufactured under licence from Daimler AG of Germany, the 'Traveller 26' has highest power to weight ratio in the 18 kilowatts (kw) per tonne category as against 12 kw per tonne of comparable models.
"We have used dual mass fly wheel technology, which is first time in India on a light commercial vehicle to absorb vibrations and ensure smooth ride even at low speeds," Force president Naresh Rattan told reporters at a launch preview here.
The vehicle's five-speed synchromesh gearbox has low friction and smooth transmission, while its clutch lining has been designed for frequent start-stop operations, which is common in short distance operations.
"The mini bus offers best in class fuel efficiency, which is 15 percent more fuel efficient than other models," Rattan asserted.
With lowest floor height for entry and exit, lowest centre of gravity for stability, lowest NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels for a car like ambience, the van-shaped bus offers seating comfort with a wide aisle, full standing height and ample leg room.
The mini bus is also equipped with ventilated disk brakes on all wheels for ensuring safety.
The mini bus is priced at Rs.11,07,673 (Rs.1.1 million) in Karnataka market.