Ashok Leyland, the second largest commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturer in India after Tata Motors, has bagged an order worth Rs 650 crore from the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). Under the order, the company will make a total a 3,019 buses available for Karnataka's state transport. The order, which is the largest to be placed with a single OEM, is likely to be executed in this financial year. With a large order such as this, Ashok Leyland hopes to strengthen its positioning even further in the Indian CV market. This order will fulfil requirements from KSRTC, North-Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC), Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC).
Speaking about the order, Vinod K Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland, said, “We are very happy to receive the confirmation of this order from KSRTC. Our ability to bring value to customers like KSRTC is a testament to our superior technology and innovation, combined with low costs.”
“Our buses are durable, robust, and employ the latest in technology. The cost of ownership and the product experience which we can deliver is the best in the industry. Our in-depth understanding of what works for our markets and customers is what differentiates us and has helped us win this order from KSRTC," T Venkataraman, Senior Vice President, Global Buses, Ashok Leyland, said.
The order will include 210” WB, fully built Karnataka Saarige Bus on 210" WB chassis, fully built Rajahamsa Bus on 222” WB, fully built non-AC sleeper coaches on 222” WB chassis and fully built Midi bus on 205” WB chassis.