Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) is usually a term used in Europe, and some other countries for commercial purpose automobiles with a GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) below 3.5 tonnes. However, in India, this term refers to compact trucks or busses. These include pickup trucks, vans, mini busses, and three-wheelers which help in transporting goods or passengers. These automobiles are usually ruggedly built, are fuel-efficient, have low operating costs, and are used for intra-city operations.
Ashok Leyland (a unit of the Hinduja Group) in joint collaboration with Nissan Motor Company produces a range of LCVs. We explore some of the best automobiles of this segment manufactured by these companies:
Dost: Dost is a 1.25-tonne payload vehicle, available in 3 versions – LE, LS, and LX. Equipped with a 1.5L TDCR (Turbocharged Diesel Common Rail) (BS-3 & BS-4) mill, it yields a maximum power of 58 hp at 3,300 rpm and a peak torque of 157.5 Nm at 1,600 – 2,400 rpm. It comes with a 215 mm diameter, diaphragm, single dry plate, pot type clutch and is equipped with a fully synchromesh 5-speed gearbox with overdrive. The other significant features include double wishbone & transverse leaf spring front suspension, parabolic leaf spring, 2 stages, & overslung back suspension, hydraulic vacuum assisted booster brakes with LSPV, and ventilated disc type & drum type front & rear brakes.
Stile: This LCV is also available in three variants – LE, LS, and LX. Powered by a 1461 cc turbo-intercooled Common Rail Diesel Engine, it yields 75 bhp of power and 185Nm torque at 1750-2750 rpm. The other notable specifications include 5-speed manual gearbox, McPherson Strut Type Coil Spring front suspension, Multi-leaf Rigid rear suspension, 50-litre fuel tank capacity, and much more.
Partner: Built on Nissan’s F24 platform, the Partner comes with a GVW capacity of 6.6 tonnes and a payload capacity of 4 tonnes. It offers a range of facilities for the convenience of the driver, including air conditioning, sports car-like interiors, and more. Equipped with Nissan’s ZD30 engine, it produces 116 hp of power 320 Nm of torque.
Mitr: Similar to Partner, the Mitr is built on the Nissan’s F24 platform. It is an ergonomically designed fuel-efficient bus that is equipped with a ZD30 Common Rail Diesel engine. It is available in two variants – a standard bus and a school bus. With a wheelbase of 3,700 mm it has a top speed of 100 kmph, and competes with the likes of Tata Starbus, Eicher Starline, and more.
Undoubtedly, the above mentioned LCVs have made transportation simpler, comfortable, and economical too.