10 Apr 2017


After having bagged an order for 500 new next-generation low-floor Urban city buses from the Ivory Coast, Tata Motors today handed over the first lot of 117 buses to SOTRA in Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital, Abidjan. The buses are being financed under the EXIM Bank of India for operation by SOTRA – Abidjan Transport Company.

Built on Tata Motors next-generation HCV (Heavy Commercial Vehicle) bus platform, the Tata LPO 1924 RESLF Abidjan’s next-generation bus has been developed with inputs from SOTRA, with a high degree of customization based on feedback gathered through city trails, over the last couple of months.

With aggregates from Cummins, Allison, Meritor, built by Tata Motors and draped by the world-renowned body from Tata Marcopolo, the Tata LPO 1924 RESLF bus is changing urban transportation in Africa & Middle East. A pneumatic driver seat, automatic transmission, lower NVH, tilt & telescopic integral power steering are feature inbuilt into the bus to better driver comfort. Wide inswing doors at the front and outswing doors at the rear, a wo step entry to the bus, six bellows air suspension, a wider gangway and comfortable seating are new features being introduced to SOTRA’s bus service.

Tata Motors Limited claims to be India’s largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues of INR 2,75,561 crores (USD 41.6 billion) in 2015-16. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has an industrial joint venture with Fiat in India.  With over 9 million Tata vehicles on the road in India, Tata Motors is the country’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS and Russia.

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