Nissan Ashok Leyland Technologies Ltd, a JV between Ashok Leyland and Nissan Motors that launched LCVs for cargo transportation this September, has said it will make a foray into the passenger transport vehicle segment in the next couple of years.
In its second phase of expansion, the company will launch passenger segment vehicles and goods light commercial vehicles powered by diesel and CNG fuel, Hinduja Automotive Ltd Executive Vice Chairman and Nissan Ashok Leyland Technologies Chairman V Sumantran said.
The LCV for goods transportation will be of 12.5 GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight), with a pay load capacity of 5-6.5 tonnes. In the passenger segment, the seating capacity would be for eight to 24 passengers. Commencing 2012-13, one new variant would be launched every year for the next 4-5 years, he said.
“We launched the vehicle in September, 2011. The reaction and response from the market has been very positive. The booking had surpassed 3,000 units,” he said at the inauguration of the company’s 21st dealer outlet in Thiruchirapalli.