India’s first Tarmac Coach ' Columbus' unveiled

Friday, November 11, 2016

Bangalore: India’s first Tarmac coach ‘Columbus’ built by MG Group, one of India’s largest Bus Building Companies was unveiled at Busworld India 2016 held in Bengaluru. The coach was unveiled by Shri.R. V. Deshpande, Hon’ble Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industries, Infrastructure Development, Government of Karnataka along with Mr. Mohan V. Kamat, Founder & Chairman – MG Group and Mr. Anil M. Kamat, Managing Director, MG Group.

‘Columbus’ is the first-of-its-kind, fully Monocoque Ultra-low Flat-floor Tarmac coach developed currently for international markets with a passenger entry floor height at as low as 290 mm (after kneeling). With its smartly designed cabin space, the coach offers swift passenger entry and exit with five passenger doors 3 at left hand side and 2 at right hadn side. With reliable drive line aggregates like ZF and Cummins, a fully composite and leak-proof roof panel and soothing interiors beautifully lit with LEDs, making it a product of Global Standards. The 12 metre-long coaches can accommodate 70 passengers - 8 seated and 62 standees. Equipped with the latest technologies such as ECAS, ABS, & CAN bus systems, the coach is fully complied with Airport Handling Manual regulations.

On the unveiling of ‘Columbus’, Mr. Anil Kamat, Managing Director, MG Group said, “Over the past two decades, we at MG Group have played a significant role in the Indian Bus Building landscape, recognizing customer needs and introducing game-changing and innovative products and solutions for the Bus & Coach Industry. The ‘Columbus’, currently diesel powered, is envisioned to be offered with CNG as well as Electric Drive lines in the short term. In India, the air passenger traffic has been increasing at approximately 20% year-on-year and hence the demand for tarmac coaches is also increasing. The total park volume is currently 800 coaches, being a highly niche segment.”

With its esteemed customers and partners such as Mahindra & Mahindra, Ashok Leyland, VECV, Tata Motors and MAN, the company, since inception, has manufactured over 8000 buses across 25 markets globally for export markets, alone. MG Group has an annual installed capacity of 16,500 buses across two plants in Zaheerabad, Telangana and Belgaum, Karnataka. This year, the company crosses a major milestone of having produced 100,000 buses since inception in its 20th Year.