Ashok Leyland Gets BS-VI Certification For Its Heavy-Duty Truck Range
An Ashok Leyland mechanic services a truck in Manesar, Haryana. (Photographer: Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg)

Ashok Leyland Gets BS-VI Certification For Its Heavy-Duty Truck Range

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Ashok Leyland Ltd. said its entire range of heavy-duty trucks has been upgraded to meet Bharat Stage-VI emission norms, which come into effect from April 1, 2020.

The company has become the first Indian original equipment manufacturer to meet BS-VI emission norms across its full range of heavy-duty trucks—vehicles that have a gross weight of 16.2 tonne and above, the Hinduja group flagship said in a statement.

On Aug. 29, Ashok Leyland Chief Technology Officer N Saravanan received certificates from Automotive Research Association of India confirming compliance with BS-VI emission standards, it added.

ARAI is an autonomous body affiliated to the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, which offers comprehensive certification and homologation services for all kinds of vehicles.

"The company has always been a pioneer in the introduction of new technology in the commercial vehicle industry and this achievement of meeting the BS-VI emission standard across our heavy vehicle range further reinforces our position as technology leaders," said Ashok Leyland Chairman Dheeraj Hinduja in the statement.

BS-VI compliance for Ashok Leyland’s light commercial vehicles and intermediate commercial vehicles will be completed shortly, and the company will offer a comprehensive range from 70 BHP to 360 BHP in BS-VI application, he added.

"We were the first Indian OEM to showcase a Euro-VI Truck during the Auto Expo 2016, Delhi, and we are the first to be ready with BS-VI vehicles across our heavy-duty truck range, well ahead of the deadline," Saravanan said.

Additionally, the company has developed an entire new modular vehicle platform for this range and is confident of meeting the increasingly dynamic customer needs, with multiple options of loading spans, cabins, suspensions, and, drivetrains, he added.

"These combinations would be offered to customers through a custom built product configurator," said Saravanan.

On Tuesday, Ashok Leyland shares rose 1.40 percent to Rs 65.35 apiece on the BSE while the benchmark Sensex shed 2.06 percent to end the day at 36,562.91 points.

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