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Hinduja Group flagship firm Ashok Leyland said it has introduced a range of haulage trucks fitted with twin speed rear axles and other modifications for enhanced fuel efficiency of up to 10 per cent.
Deployed on 25 and 31 tonne trucks in both 6x2 and 8x2 configurations, the new set of technologies are custom designed for the Ashok Leyland driveline, with the twin speed axle being the primary change.
Company officials say that this change is ideal for an open highway condition, and it allows the driver to shift to fuel-economy mode, while on the go, at the press of a button. This technology apparently also offers benefits of faster turnaround, improved driving and reduced noise levels.
Vinod K. Dasari, managing director, Ashok Leyland said, "It is our constant endeavour to seek ways to improve our customers' profitability and hence this improved fuel efficiency. We are confident that our customers will find this new technology an excellent value proposition."
The twin-speed technology will be on offer on models in the multi-axle range, like the 2516IL, 2516XL, 3116IL and 3118IL, which are best suited for applications like market load, cement, tankers and general cargo and are already top performers in their class. These vehicles equipped with twin-speed axles will be launched across the country in a phased manner.
Customer care will be on offer through Ashok Leyland's network of 428 full service outlets that are positioned at a distance of every 75 kilo meter on all major highways across the country.