Force Motors drives in new range of made-in-India Monobuses

Force Motors, the commercial vehicle manufacturer, last week showcased India’s first new mid-level 33- and 41-seater Monobuses at the Bus World 2018 Exhibition in Bangalore.

The Pune-based automobile major, which sells its inter and intra city buses under the brand name of Traveller, plans to launch the 33-seater and 41-seater options in standard and school bus variants during the upcoming festive season in October-November.

The new Monobus has been developed at the company's R&D team and is made by pressed steel panels using automated and robotic arms.

The monocoque construction has allowed the buses to be lightweight and delivering a better power to weight ratio. The new Monobus is also about 800 kgs lighter than other models and high fuel efficiency.

The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox and the special clutch lining is

designed for frequent start-stops common in short distance tour and bus operations.

The company is targeting sales at corporates, fleet owners, tour and travel operators, hospitality industry and school bus operators.

Force Motors Traveller brand in the 9- and 26-seater minibus category is quite popular in the country. The made-in-India Monobuses by Force Motors is powered by Mercedes derived 3.2-litre common rail engine that has a maximum power of 115 Hp and 350 Nm of torque.

“The Traveller Monbus is a fully in-house effort

of our R&D team and I

am confident it will set new benchmarks in performance, comfort, reliability, durability and safety,” Prasan Firodia, managing director at Force Motors said.

The monocoque construction is possible due to extensive use of large pressed panels, which are fully designed, tooled and produced in house, he said.

“Force Motors has applied for a number of patents on this product and process technology,” Firodia said.

The new Traveller Monobus is equipped with an advanced 5-speed synchromesh gearbox with double-cone synchroniser rings and offers low friction and smooth transmission.

The special clutch lining is designed for frequent start-stops, common in short-distance tour and bus operations.

On the safety front, the Traveller-Monobus is the only vehicle in its category with disc brakes on all wheels with new uni-booster hydraulic braking technology, ABS, EBD and latest engine drag torque control ensuring efficient braking.

Other product highlights include a low floor height for easy entry and exit, lowest centre of gravity for good ride stability, lowest NVH levels and tight turning radius.

The Traveller-Monobus, which has high quality seating comfort, has 2.35m- wide body interiors, a wide gangway, full standing height and ample legroom for passengers.

Michael Gonsalves