Tata Ace

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Tata Motors with their Ace
Based on EMPI-Indian Express Indian Innovation Award Wining Entry by Tata Motors Registered Office: Bombay House, 24, Homi Modi Street, Mumbai Abstract: Tata Motors, India's largest integrated automobile manufacturer today, designed the country's first indigenously developed mini-truck for both rural and urban use. The versatile, high performance and efficient mini-truck, ACE. Key words: Indigaeanous Development, Innovative Organsiation, Mini Trck, Rural Transport

1. Introduction Development of road infrastructure has led to an increase in the distribution of goods across the country, based on the hub and spoke model. The ACE is powered by a unique twin cylinder 16bhp IDI 700cc diesel engine and with its launch the Company introduces a new category in the commercial vehicle segment. Tata Motors recognized the growing trend as well as the need for a last mile distribution vehicle. Keeping that in mind they developed a pick-up vehicle designed to carry larger and heavier payloads in the sub-2 ton category. Simultaneously, anticipated an opportunity in the sub-1 ton payload segment Tata Motors has indigenously developed a reliable and cost effective 4-wheeler for this segment with a water-cooled, twin cylinder diesel engine, making the ACE among the few mini-trucks in the world to be powered by a diesel engine. The Ace is ideal for short, narrow village roads as well as long highway hauls; for small bulky loads as well as large heavy ones. The small exterior belies the power-packed technologically superior engine that gives the Ace high power and high loading capacity. Tata Ace is the small, big machine that is set to change the competitive landscape of the small commercial vehicle segment. A record loss of Rs 500 crore in the year 2000 (2000,Tata Annual Report), set Ravi Kant, the then Executive Director (current Managing Director),…...

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