Hinduja group company Ashok Leyland Ltd today launched a new truck, 3120 MAV, which will be powered by the Neptune family of engines.

The commercial vehicles major is planning a series of new models over the next few months, significantly adding to its existing range in different segments.

These include Jan Bus, Boss range and Dost family of vehicles.

The Neptune family of engines have been developed with an investment of over Rs 500 crore. These engines have been globally benchmarked for higher fuel efficiency, lower maintenance cost, longer life, reliability and low noise and vibration levels.

The Neptune engine will be available in BS-III and BS-IV versions and is also a package protected for BS-V and BS-VI.

Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, said: “This is perhaps the most significant development in our roadmap to being future ready. This engine range is inspired by our customers.”

The company stated the engine is being offered on the new truck after a thorough two million km of trials in most demanding of operating conditions.

“We are confident of strengthening our position in the medium and heavy commercial vehicle space,” said Venkat Srinivas, Special Director, Product Development.

The new truck, assuring at least 10 per cent higher fuel efficiency, comes with Neptune 205 HP engine.

This engine lasts nearly twice that of the existing family of engines.

The engine oil drain can be done after 80,000 km as against 40,000 km earlier, he said.

rishikumar.vundi@thehindu.co.in

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