Stallion Motors, Nigeria’s exclusive representative and assembler of Ashok Leyland brand, has reassured the nation’s logistics and trucking sector of its commitment towards rolling out tough, dependable and durable vehicles for logistics use in the country.
Reacting to the recent lift of inter-state travel ban by the Nigerian government, the company’s Group CEO, Anant Badjatya, who acknowledged the difficulties and volume of losses the nation’s logistics and trucking sector would have experienced during the lock down, opined that, at a time like this, what operators in the sector deserve are durable and more affordable vehicles.
He stated: “It is, understandable that, as businesses swing into action across the country, corporate bodies and operators in the logistics sector would seek after nothing less than reliable commercial vehicles with easy maintenance facility for their payload transits. Good news is this: being internationally reputed for quality, ruggedness and reliability, our locally assembled Ashok Leyland range of commercial vehicles are your best choice.
“Moreover, aside investing in state –of –the- art central auto parts and service centre at Orile, Lagos to support the distribution of genuine parts across the country for the upkeep of these vehicles, we have sales and service outlets in Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan and Portharcourt.”
In addition to other existing quality vehicles on sale in the country, the company, late last year, launched into the Nigerian market Ashok Leyland BOSS and PARTNER, a new range of trucks with contemporary design, new-generation platform and best-in-class efficiency, performance and comfort.
Ashok Leyland BOSS
A revolutionary truck designed for enhanced axle-load, Ashok Leyland BOSS, which, according to its manufacturer, seamlessly combines the strength and ruggedness of a truck with the comfort of a car, was designed and made “for people to be their own boss and, by having it, they have their own investment and means of livelihood.”
Tested and designed for Nigeria, the BOSS is powered by 4-cylinder, direct injection, turbocharged diesel engine, which, according to its maker, delivers the best-in-class mileage and pickup, helping owners to maintain precious uptime and turnaround time.
Apart from in-line engine with lowest maintenance cost, longer service intervals and Lifetime Lubricated bearings, the BOSS comes with Tubeless Radial Tyres and Organic clutch for longer-life .
For the Ashok Leyland Boss, you do not have to carry out oil change until after 40,000 km. The idea is to make the vehicles efficient and affordable for users so that they can do their businesses without incurring much cost and save a lot of money.
With contemporary styling, aesthetically designed trim lines as well as powerful and strong aggregates, the Boss delivers superior performance, reliability and durability at the lowest operating costs, making businesses more profitable. It offers superior payload and needs fewer maintenance brakes.
Aside gross weight of 9000 kg, wheelbase measuring 3940 mm and ground clearance of 178 mm, the Boss’ overall length (with body) equals 7325mm. While its overall cab width and height (cab chassis) equal 2200mm and 2484mm respectively.
Ashok Leyland PARTNER
Powered by the advanced ZD30 common Rail diesel engine, the PARTNER offers more power and pick-up advantage, allowing navigation with full load through any tough terrain with ease.
Its power steering with tilt-able adjustment and a cable-operated gear shift mechanism with a 5 speed overdrive synchromesh gear box (OSGB) make gear shifting effortless and driving stress free.
Equipped with heavy-duty parabolic leaf springs in the front, superior braking system and frontal crash protection, the Partner offers the driver and passenger a safe and smooth ride. And it comes with modern ergonomic cab with spacious car-like interiors, putting the driver comfortably in command.
With Euro 3 compliance, best-in-class aggregate life and longer service maintenance intervals, the Partner keeps the business profitable and competitive with low fuel and maintenance costs.
Ashok Leyland 1718
Powered by Euro 3 compliant turbocharged intercool diesel engine with a 5759-litre capacity mated to a synchromesh ZF S6-36 (OD) gearbox, Ashok Leyland 1718 truck is also designed with safety in mind. For instance, its braking system is fully air pressure diaphragm on all wheels, just as its parking brake is pneumatically controlled on rear wheels only.
Aside from coming with front and rear anti-roll bar, exhaust brake and clutch booster, the truck’s double-acting telescopic type shock absorber works with the semi-elliptic multi-leaf shackle ended system to improve the vehicle’s standard suspension system.
With a maximum speed of 199 kilometre per hour, which checks drivers from over speeding, it offers an easy to read electronic speedometer and load sensing valve.
Customized versions of the 1718 trucks come as Garbage Compactors with automatic operations suitable for city garbage collection.
Interestingly, the Garbage Compactor comes with a hose burst valve to prevent tailgate descending in the event of hydraulic failure. The Emergency stop switch feature stops all the operation instantaneously in case of an emergency.
According to the Brand Manager of Ashok Leyland in Nigeria, Mr. Anjan Aditya, Ashok Leyland commercial vehicles have been tested and trusted in different parts of Nigeria, because they are very reliable.
“Major class-leading qualities of Ashok Leyland vehicles in Nigeria include fuel efficiency, affordability and the fact that they are adapted for the Nigeria conditions and indeed tropical regions of the world,” Aditya stated further, “Interestingly, while they come with European styling and are powered by Japanese engines, we have the technical competence to maintain and service them in any part of the country.”
Ashok Leyland is the 4th largest manufacturer of buses and 12th largest manufacturer of trucks in the world.