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Eicher trucks demonstrate fuel efficiency

19 July 2017

Volvo Group & Eicher Motors'(VECV) joint venture saw the launch of the new Eicher trucks at the TruckX Expo, held at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Johannesburg on 12 July 2017.

Eicher showcased its Pro series range of trucks including the Pro 6000 heavy duty freight carrier and construction tipper range.

Globally, the trucks are known for their fuel efficiency – an attribute, which was experienced by visitors and fleet company CEOs at the event through live tracking of fuel consumption. This was in collaboration with Ctrack, at the Dynamic Handling track of the circuit.

The VECV joint venture has already set up its base in the country in the form of a 100% wholly owned subsidiary known as VECV South Africa, with the vision of integrating global technology with local commercial transportation ecosystems.

VECV brings together, the Volvo Group’s global expertise and world-class technology along with the innovative engineering and proven DNA of fuel efficiency from Eicher.

The approach resulted in the development of Eicher Pro series, a range of next generation trucks, which together with a growing service network in South Africa, is ushering in a Pro League of Trucking.

At the launch, the Vice President and Country Head at VECV South Africa, Surender Singh Rajpurohit said “It is indeed a proud moment for us to launch the Eicher Pro Series range of trucks in South Africa.

“This is a strategic market and it will play a critical role in Eicher Trucks & Buses international business. The company plans to continuously invest in the introduction of country specific products and aftermarket infrastructure.”

The massive product development initiative for the entire Pro series range involved an investment of 3 million hours of engineering effort, 7.7 million kilometres of testing and 50 000 hours of engine development.

The new trucks will meet the needs of discerning customers, who demand vehicles with greater fuel efficiency, durability, greater comfort and safety, as well as intelligent features. These new generation Eicher trucks are designed to improve transportation efficiency through superior uptime, thereby reducing logistics costs leading to better profitability for the operators.

Further commenting on the aftersales Rajpurohit said “The local team has been proactively ensuring parts availability and technical training to technicians before start of sales as its primary focus area.

“To further enhance a high level of professionalism and quality of support for Eicher trucks, we have joined hands with Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL) as its 3PL partner. A huge investment has already been made to ensure parts availability. Currently the warehouse has a parts availability of over 2600 line items.”

Eicher trucks will be available across the country at 14 strategic locations in South Africa, which are expanding rapidly, ensuring a high level of sales and aftersales support for best uptime of the vehicle.

VECV has joined hands with country’s well-established dealership groups such as AAD Group, BB Motor group, Billson Trucks, CMH Group, Fleet Dynamics, Imperial Group & Premier Truck and Bus.

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