Commercial Vehicle|January 2020

Regulations and market requirements are driving modularisation in CVs.
Bhushan Mhapralkar

By showcasing BSVI CVs on a new modular platform, Ashok Leyland has highlighted a significant shift taking place in the CV landscape in India. By highlighting its efforts to drive modularisation, which primarily pertains to the chassis and the creation of common interfaces in connection, the CV maker has pointed at how regulations like BSVI are influencing the shift. Choosing to migrate one modular platform rather than three platforms and the many variants, Ashok Leyland has highlighted the way it has sought its BSVI journey in a low volume, high mix market. Empowering its customers to configure a medium or heavy-duty CV to his requirement, the company, according to Dr. N Saravanan, Chief Technology Officer, Ashok Leyland, has made it easier to customize products. Packaging the innovative BSVI Mid-NOx technology that combines iEGR and SCR technology, the new modular platform, will enable the company to further accelerate its export strategies by building CVs with different drive orientation (left and right). The new modular platform is also claimed to help the CV major nurture an ability to apply new technologies at a competitive cost; to incorporate higher manufacturing efficiency, and streamline various processes.

Successfully streamlining processes and supply chain management, CV manufacturers the world over have used modularisation to their benefit. Elevating the reliability, efficiency, and productivity of their vehicles, they have been able drive agility. Leveraging modularisation to enhance profitability and to achieve superior sustainability, CV makers in India are leaving no stone unturned to catch up with the rest of the world, by complying to BSVI. Keen to risk-averse against slowdowns, CV manufacturers in India, apart from keeping costs under control are looking at an opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint by practicing TQM. Leveraging megatrends like the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), modularisation is helping them to look at new ways to eliminate Muda, Mura, and Muri.

Touted as the first European CV manufacturer to offer Euro6 CVs to its customers, Scania has been well-acknowledged for its efforts to modularise. Behind its strategy to modularise is said to be the need to attain flexibility, speed to market, and cost-efficiency. Claimed to nurture an ability to provide individual product configurations for each customer with a limited number of parts by having common interfaces, the Swedish CV maker planned the engine compartment and the cab to accommodate the cooling need and equipment for Euro6 such that it could fit the space available without any need for design changes on the cab structure. Claimed an industry source, that Scania leveraged modularisation to stay competitive in an industrial space that is regarded as the most competitive of them all. It continues to do so even today, he added.

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January 2020