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More comfortable ride ahead for bus travellers

Sumant Banerji

autos Updated: Jan 06, 2012 22:48 IST
Sumant Banerji

It is the turn of buses to reinvent themselves and there is heightened activity towards the end of this year's Auto Expo.

For the need among consumers for a more comfortable ride, the humble bus is on a makeover spree. Replacing the age-old noisy vehicles are state of the art low floor buses that are easier to drive and offer a better ride. While the change was visible in big cities for sometime, this time it promises to change the way smaller towns travel as well.

Volvo, the harbinger of luxury buses in India, is planning a range of cheaper but more efficient people movers for Asia, starting with India.

Ashok Leyland, India's number 2 maker of trucks and buses, is also planning to expand its range of luxury buses and bring back its intercentury Luxura.

Tata Motors, the leader in commercial vehicles in India, has also launched its range of luxury buses -- the Tata Divo and Starbus Ultra that unlike other Tata buses cost a jaw dropping Rs 66 lakh.

"These buses are sure to migrate the world of passenger transportation to a completely new level," said Ravi Pisharody, president, commercial vehicles business unit, Tata Motors.

Bus sales are likely to rise beyond 1 lakh units/year by 2015.