India’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer Tata Motors launched the Tata Signa 3118.T – India’s first 3-axle 6×2 (10 wheeler) truck with 31 tonnes Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW).
The Tata Signa 3118.T offers a unique blend of value proposition in terms of both, revenue and operating cost, for its customers.
With a 3,500kg higher certified payload than the corresponding 28-tonne GVW rigid truck and equivalent cost of operations with similar fuel, tyre and maintenance cost as a 28-tonne truck, this vehicle is conceived to significantly enhance the net operating profit for its customers by ~45% as compared to 28-tonne truck.
The incremental investment on the Signa 3118.T as compared to 28-tonne truck, can be recovered within an year of operations and followed by years of incremental earnings.
Rajesh Kaul, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motorssaid, “The Signa 3118.T is a landmark in Tata Motors’ journey towards customer excellence. Value features like fuel economy switch, gear shift advisor, ICGT brakes, Fleet Edge telematics system with inbuilt anti-fuel theft, reverse parking assistance perfectly complement the pioneering vehicle design exceeding the expectations of the new-age customer”.
The Tata Signa 3118.T, with its 12.5-tonne dual tyre lift axle configuration, marks the value discovery of white space in M&HCV segment.
The vehicle can operate at 31-tonne GVW with the lift axle down and at 18.5-tonne GVW with the lift axle up. Hence offering a large band of operating payload for various application needs.
Applications & Features
Operating with lift axle up is beneficial for the tanker customers yielding higher fuel economy in empty returns. Ideally it is suitable for all types of tanker applications – petroleum, oil and lubricants (POL), chemicals, bitumen, edible oil, milk and water, as well industrial good such as packed LPG cylinders, lubricants, agricultural products etc. The Signa 3118.T is certified by Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organization (PESO) for 25KL POL tanker, which is 2KL higher than the highest allowed capacity on a 10-wheeler, 28-tonne GVW truck.
The Tata 3118.T is available in 24-feet and 32-feet load spans in Signa avatar with Lx, Cx versions, and a cowl variant.
Backed by the Cummins BS6 engine, developing 186hp of power and 850Nm of torque, the Tata Signa 3118.T is mated to the G950 6 speed transmission and heavy-duty axles.
It is an outcome of Tata Motors’ Product Attribute Leadership strategy, under the ‘Power of 6 Value’ philosophy.
The Tata Signa 3118.T will be launched in phases across states and markets. Tata Motors, in its continuous pursuit of launching breakthrough products for Indian road transport with customer-centricity at its core, has once again shown the commercial vehicle fraternity what it takes to be an industry leader in the true sense.
(With inputs from Automotive Lead Research Team)
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