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Ashok Leyland secures higher power engine technology from Hino

Monday, April 28, 2003: Hino Motors, the premier Japanese commercial vehicle manufacturer and the Hinduja Group flagship Ashok Leyland, have signed a technical collaboration agreement today, for Hino’s J series diesel engines. The agreement provides for the transfer of technology to Ashok Leyland for the manufacture of these higher power (260 HP), 8 litre, Euro II (equivalent to Bharat Stage II emission norms) and Euro III engines, which will enable Ashok Leyland to extend its product range in the high-end heavy-duty vehicle segment. Hino will provide the technology for higher power CNG engines also.

Currently produced exclusively by Hino, these state-of-the-art engines are fitted in vehicles, exported to thirty-five countries. These highly fuel-efficient engines have been developed to meet Euro III and Euro IV emission norms. Capable of meeting emission standards even beyond Euro IV, J series is Hino’s engine platform for the future.

This is the second technical collaboration between Hino and Ashok Leyland. The first agreement in the mid-80s covered the technology transfer of 4 and 6- cylinder diesel engines, which Ashok Leyland has developed, to Euro II compliance levels. Prompted by their popularity in the passenger segment, Ashok Leyland has since positioned them as the primary engine platform for the medium duty range of vehicles.

Pilot production of vehicles fitted with the J series engines is planned within the current financial year. They will be offered initially in articulated tractors, buses and tippers. The phased manufacturing programme envisages rapid indigenisation with the assistance of Hino.

Commenting on the agreement, Mr. T. Iida, Senior Managing Director of Hino, said, “I am happy that this agreement further strengthens our business association of nearly two decades. The fact that this is the only exception we have made to our policy of not parting with the J engine technology is ample testimony to the quality of this association”. He further added that his Company was closely examining sourcing of components including engines from Ashok Leyland, to support its international operations.

Mr. R.Seshasayee, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland, emphasized the significance of this agreement for Ashok Leyland by describing it as ¿most timely¿. “This technology will enable us respond to the current market evolution, by offering higher power high capacity vehicles as the dramatic improvements in road infrastructure allow customers to actualize the potential high productivity of such vehicles.”

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