Producing only the ‘Traditional Indian Limo’ for our fat politicians since long time, Hindustan Motors too had got that lazy just like them. Snarling at the pace of snail at the present times of Jets and its likes; since after a long tenure the Indian carmaker just now had launched BS4 compliant of Ambassador.
The BS4 complaint Ambassador, which is dubbed as Ambassador Encore, is intentionally meant for the “No Refusal” taxi segment of Kolkata, where those fleets are not allowed to refuse ay customers at any given point of time.
Though, a bold blue strip running across the coach line and a stamp of ‘No Refusal’ on the rear doors of vehicle marks the new segment of taxi in Kolkata.
We guess the given below technical specifications may prove sufficient for the Taxi Unions in the capital of West Bengal to do their jobs blissfully, even at the times of bandh, rallies or even floods.
Launched at a price of INR 4,97,996 (ex-Showroom, Kolkata) for the ‘No Refusal’ taxi segment, BS4 Ambassador Encore prowess a 1.5 liter overhead valve engine has a maximum power of 50 BHP and a peak torque of 112.5 Nm. Meanwhile to make a one more informed, the earlier version used to produce considerably more than the 36 bhp and 73 Nm of torque.
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Mitsubishi has not seen much of a success in India. The sales were so poor that the company stopped selling its sedans in the country. All the sedans were dropped off from its line-up a few months back. The company is now focusing only on SUV’s which is a speedily rising segment in India. Mitsubishi has the Pajero Sport and Montero in its SUV line up in the country. Now it has been revealed that the Outlander will soon join this line up. The company terminated Outlander as there was no diesel variant available. Almost all the manufacturers have diesel versions in their line up as they are very popular in India. But now Mitsubishi will be bringing back the Outlander with the help of its Indian partner, Hindustan Motors.
It has been revealed that the Hindustan motors will bring the Mitsubishi Outlander’s diesel version next year. The Outlander which did not succeed in the Indian market was a 2nd gen model although the company was already selling the 3rd gen model in the other markets. The new Outlander was first presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 2012. This 3rd gen car is bigger in size and is available both as 5-seater as well 7-seater versions. The new Outlander is also offering 2 engine options of petrol and a turbocharged diesel engine.
It is expected that this turbo charged diesel variant will be launched in India by Hindustan Motors. The engine will the same with 2.2 liter fuel capacity offering a maximum power output of 147 bhp and a peak torque of 380 Nm. The car will offer a 6 speed manual as well as automatic transmission. We still do not know about the transmission that the Indian Outlander will offer. The Outlander also has a choice between an all wheel drive system and a 2 wheel drive system. Other than the new diesel engine, the new Outlander will also enjoy some new features.
Another prominent reason that led to the failure of Outlander in the country was its steep pricing. The car was brought into the nation via the CBU route and therefore was priced heavily. There are many other cars offering similar performance but priced more competitively. So it is expected that the company might go for a different route this time to cut down on the costs. With the help of HM, Mitsubishi might assemble the new Outlander through the CKD units. If this happens then the assembly will take place at HM’s manufacturing facility in Tiruvallur around Chennai.
COO of Hindustan Motors, Mr. P Vijayan, while briefing about the company’s future prospects said that “The company is working on the new model of the diesel version and will launch it in early 2014. It will be a more rejuvenated model and will be placed in the UV 4 segment (premium). As Mitsubishi’s partner in India, we want to focus only on the utility vehicle segment and one can see more variants/models of Mitsubishi Pajero and Outlander going forward in India.
The company’s only successful car, Pajero Sport is a off roader and it is expected that the new Outlander will be an equally great soft roader. The company will be focusing on the corporate officials, urban professionals as well as celebrities, with its new Outlander.
Recently made to the title of “best taxi in the world” by TopGear, Hindustan Motors now officially landed the BSIV variants too for Ambassador in repertoire for metro customers, who had been deprived of using the BSIII since April 2010.
Will also make debut of some boot trimmed metal (i.e. sub four meter sedan) in the coming years; the HM is expecting more of the sales to be conceived by this Ambassador. As using the 1.5L diesel engine, Ambassador wasn’t able to enter the taxi fleet of metro cities because of aforementioned BSIII reason, but now after passing the painful ARAI test in BSIV, further vision of India based carmaker now looks bright in the broad daylight. Hence, this will also give more hopes to Hindustan Motors in the city of ‘Kolkata’, which the brand had considered as one its largest regional market.
However, the production of BSIV start will from August 2013 in the Uttarpara plant of Hooghly, the deliveries may commence later this year.
“We are happy that our efforts have borne fruit and we have received certification from ARAI after passing rigorous tests. This has demolished the myth that Hindustan Motors cannot upgrade its existing engines,” said Uttam Bose, Managing Director and CEO of HM. “We expect our sales to grow significantly within a few months.”
Apart from just getting upgraded, Amby is also said to be done with more numbers of torque and power, improved gradient negotiating capacity, better cooling, and lastly the enhanced drivability, all that given for the cost of same astonishing fuel-efficiency.
Hindustan Motors is our home based carmaker and is doing things since long back, owned by the Ck Birla Group, it too was seen dwindling on some downwards pointing sales figure note, but as of now the organization has claimed a growth of 90% in the April 2013 sales report.
Moreover, the Ambassador tagged carmaker had sold 534 units in April 2013 as compared to 280 units sold in the same period of last year, concluding out to be precise at derivations with 90.71% growth witnessed in the last month. The increment of near to 100 per cent in this April is not such overwhelming when one will see the results of previous months that are stated in the following table below:
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*on comparison with the same period of last year
Commenting on achievement, HM’s Managing Director & CEO, Mr. Uttam Bose, said, “Operational excellence, improvement in quality based on customer feedback and foraying into remote markets, which were hitherto untapped, are some of the measures which have contributed to continuous rise in HM’s sales during the past four months. The growth is all the more encouraging as it is happening despite a general downturn in the passenger car segment across the country. We know that challenges like general economic slowdown, high interest rates and low buyer sentiment are quite formidable for the entire automobile industry, especially the passenger car segment. However, Hindustan Motors is all set to introduce its BS IV-compliant Ambassador by June-end.”
That is not the end, Hindustan Motors is also planning to launch a compact Ambassador based sedan in Indian market, which we expect may roll-out until December 2013, helping it to gain some concession in the tax structure of government for making lucrative business in the Rs. 4-5 lakh pricing band. To an extent, we too also speculate another newbie acting as replacement for ongoing Ambassador sedan and that will be a facelift or the cosmetic overlapped version of the present generation bespoken model plate, because we seem the officials and workers of the company may also got tired seeing the same face over a long era of years, where present modernization is touching sky as its limit in every aspect, which for this Indian automotive brand would take a couple of years to happen, hopefully near to 2015 or so, or maybe later on as well, can’t say.
Hindustan Motors ltd and Raaj Unocal Lubricants Ltd. Has signed a MoU for the manufacturing and marketing of co-branded oils exclusively for HM vehicles. The companies have signed a three year deal to manufacturer a co-branded product that will be known as UNO HIM GUARDOL (for diesel vehicles), UNO AMBI DSL+ and UNO HIM GAS-O-DUO+ (for all non-diesel vehicles). The UNO AMBI DSL+ will be available only with the replacement market while the other two products can be obtained from all HIM service centers across 13 Indian states. The partnership is mainly aimed to provide better service to the customers.
Speaking on the event, MD and CEO of Hindustan Motors, Mr. Uttam Bose said that lubricant and oils are the life of the machine. The efficiency and longevity of the vehicle depend upon the proper use of these elements. He further said that he is confident that the tie up between HIM and Raaj Uncol Lubricants ltd will help to tackle this issue effectively. He also said that the tie up is the evidence of HIM’s commitment towards the customers. The partnership will offer three grades of genuine oil for use in petrol, diesel and CNG variant of the HIM vehicle.
Along with the genuine oil, taxi drivers will also get an opportunity to obtain special discount such as cash back, discounted labors and free checkups. These oils will be the most affordable oil in the market. The product has been developed jointly by the R&D team of both Hindustan Motors and Raaj Unocol after a deep market survey and consumer requirement study. The production cost and profit margin have been kept at minimum to give max advantage to users.
As part of the project Raaj Unocol has also developed a mobile testing kit, 76, mobile lab. This lit can be used to detect timing to oil change. The kit result can also give insight into the functioning of the engine so, even minor problems can be detected early. The kit is user friendly and can be used by anyone with just an hour of training. The lab is currently available with service points and mass service camps. It has been successfully tested over several taxis in Kolkata. Taxi owners with proper oils and lubricants were awarded.