Ashok Leyland introduces homegrown Neptune family of engines
As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I’m, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
Commercial vehicle major Ashok Leyland has launched a new family of heavy duty engines called Neptune.
Designed and developed completely in-house from a clean sheet, the engine family starts its journey with the company’s new multi-axle truck, the Sankagiri Express 3120. The Sankagiri Express is so named to pay tribute to the long standing bond the company shares with the lorry operators of Sankagiri, Tamil Nadu.
According to the company, the Neptune family of engines are globally benchmarked for greater fuel efficiency, durability, lower maintenance, greater reliability and superior NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) characteristics.
The new engines will be available in BS3 and BS4 configurations and are ready to adopt BS5 and BS6 standards as well. The Neptune engines have power outputs ranging from 160bhp to 380bhp and will be deployed in a range of trucks and buses in a phased manner.
Mr. Vinod K Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland –
We are proud to offer a truly world-class engine platform that has come through over 2 million kms of trials in the most demanding of operating conditions with flying colours. With NEPTUNE, we are confident of strengthening our position in the medium and heavy commercial vehicle space.
Head to page 2 to view the press release.