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Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland to Manufacture Fully Built Commercial Vehicles

Traditional commercial vehicle manufacturers, such as Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland, are increasingly switching to providing vehicles fully built by them, rather than supplying only the chassis.

The advantage is that customers of trucks and buses can buy the final product directly from vehicle manufacturers, instead of approaching a body builder with a chassis, as has been the case in the past.

Mumbai-based Tata Motors, India’s biggest commercial vehicle manufacturer, has invited vendors (body builders) to set up a facility closer to its chassis manufacturing plant.

Ashok Leyland, the third-largest commercial vehicle maker in the country, is offering fabricated designs on its products to meet consumer requirements.

Customers of a fully-built vehicle bought directly from the manufacturer benefit from the desired performance expected from the vehicle, compared to an uncertified body mounted on a chassis, which does not come with much guarantee.

Ravindra Pisharody, executive director (commercial vehicles) at Tata Motors, said: “Customers go to specialized tin-shed body makers, which in many cases are not (built) as per regulations. Quality is never guaranteed.”

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