Ashok Leyland, flagship of the Hinduja Group and one of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturers in the country, hosted the national launch of the first Captain 40iT tractor, from its popular Captain series of trucks in Jaipur today.
Co-created with drivers and users through an extensive study of their lifestyle, the new Captain 40iT has been designed specifically for Indian requirements. The Captain 40iT is powered by a turbocharged diesel engine that churns out 180 horsepower and generates maximum torque of 660Nm. The tractor has undergone more than 2.3 million kilometers of on-road testing and extensive internal testing on pave tracks and 6 posters, this new series of Captain Tractors offers a world class cab and innovative fuel efficient new drive train in the 40T/49T range. It features an intelligent engine management system ‘The dual data switch’ that ensures optimal fuel consumption on empty and full loads at the flick of a switch.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rajive Saharia, President, Trucks, Ashok Leyland, said, “Captain 40iT reflects the same comfort, reliability, efficiency and versatility that the Captain series of trucks is renowned for and comes to the market after extensive testing and proven reliability. It offers versatility and adaptability not experienced in the segment before. I am confident, the new Captain 40iT will maximise productivity and enhance returns on our customers businesses.” The cabin has been designed to offer best ergonomic and styling standards, with spacious interiors, roof hatch and leg vent for ventilation and comfort in all weather conditions, lockers that can be opened from the outside for items required when the truck is parked, safe locker storage for valuables, a sleeper berth, mobile charger, music player with a USB port, among others.
The tractor segment has seen very good growth over the last few years and constitutes almost 12 perccent of TIV. Rajasthan alone contributes nearly 21 percent of the Tractor TIV, with tractors constituting nearly 50 percent of all MDV vehicles sold in Rajasthan.