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The transition to BS-VI emission norms is going to

The transition to BS-VI emission norms is going to impact light and small commercial vehicles the most in terms cost increase and this is where we have to come up with innovations that will make products good business proposals for the customers, says Girish Wagh, President, Commercial Vehicle, Tata Motors.

The transition to BS-VI emission norms is going to
We have been the leader in the mini truck segment with the ACE: Wagh The transition to BS-VI emission norms is going to impact light and small commercial vehicles the most in terms cost increase and this is where we have to come up with innovations that will make products good business proposals for the customers, says Girish Wagh, President, Commercial Vehicle, Tata Motors. In an interview with ETAuto, he informed that the company will launch a new mini truck called ‘Intra’ during this quarter. Edited Excerpts:

Q. You have had significant exposure to the passenger vehicles space. Are you using some of the learning in your new assignment as head of CV business?

We are embedding the learnings from the passenger vehicle segment to bring improvements in commercial vehicles. There will be a big role of industrial design to get implemented in commercial vehicles which will be something the customers will see subsequently.

In addition to that, the level of refinement that one has seen in passenger vehicles, part of it can certainly come into commercial vehicles and can add to the comfort and convenience of the drivers and the passengers. We are also planning to use this learning to reduce the total cost of operation.
M&HCV will continue to reel under the after-effects of the new axle-load norms.Girish Wagh, President, Commercial Vehicle, Tata Motors
Q. During the last fiscal, there was an uptake in commercial vehicles demand in H1 but the sales fell miserably in H2. How do you see the future?

We entered 2018 almost one year after the transition to BS-IV emission norms. In terms of sales, the first half of FY'19 went very well and we saw good growth over the same period in the previous fiscal. After that, the industry faced headwinds from four sides. Starting with issues with GST implementation, to the introduction of new axle load norms for medium and heavy commercial vehicles (M&HCV), to credit issues after IL&FS debacle and then high oil prices put some breaks in the growth rate from November 2018.

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