Tata-Marcopolo bus plant on stream in Karnataka

Thursday, 29 January 2009, 03:22 Hrs   |    11 Comments
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Bangalore: Tata-Marcopolo Motors has begun commercial production of high-tech buses at its Dharwad plant in north Karnataka, the auto major said Wednesday.

The joint venture between Pune-based Tata Motors and Marcopolo of Brazil was formed to roll out a range of world-class intra-city and inter-city buses from the 2-billion (200 crore) plant, with an installed capacity of 30,000 units per annum, the company said in a statement from Mumbai.

The 123-acre plant at Dharwad, about 400 km from here, will meet India's growing need for fully built buses for intra-city and inter-city transportation with international standard comfort, quality and safety, it noted.

The range, to be marketed under 'Starbus' and 'Globus' brands, includes 16- to 54-seater standard buses, 18- and 45-seater luxury buses, luxury coaches and low-floor city buses.

In fiscal 2009-10, the first full year of operation, production will be up to 15,000 units. The plant, at full capacity, will generate about 6,500 direct jobs. It will be supported by a vendor park.
Source: IANS
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