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MG Group unveils its first ‘Made in India’ tarmac coach ‘COLUMBUS’ for aviation industry

Ø  Celebrates record milestone of having produced 100,000 buses in 20 years of bus building
Ø   Launches company’s flagship premium luxury coach ‘Mammoth’ in India

Bangalore, November 10, 2016: MG Group, one of India’s largest Bus Building Companies today unveiled the company’s first special application coach (tarmac coach) – ‘Columbus’ at Busworld India 2016. The coach was unveiled at the hands of Shri R. V. Deshpande, Hon’ble Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industries, Infrastructure Development, Government of Karnataka along with Mr. Mohan V. Kamat, Founder & Chairman - MG Group and Mr. Anil M. Kamat, Managing Director – MG Group.

Hon'ble minister Shri R. V. Deshpande along with Mr. Anil Kamat, MD, MG Group and Mr. Mohan Kamat, Founder & Chairman, MG Group at the launch of Columbus Bus at Bus World India 2016
 Hon'ble minister Shri R. V. Deshpande along with Mr. Anil Kamat, MD, MG Group and Mr. Mohan Kamat, Founder & Chairman, MG Group at the launch of Columbus Bus at Bus World India 2016

Mr. Anil Kamat, Managing Director, MG Group at the launch of Mammoth Premium Luxury Coach at the Bus World India 2016
Mr. Anil Kamat, Managing Director, MG Group at the launch of Mammoth Premium Luxury Coach at the Bus World India 2016

'Columbus' is the first-of-its-kind, fully Monocoque Ultra-low Flat-floor Tarmac coach developed currently for international markets with a passenger entry floor height at as low as 290 mm (after kneeling). With its smartly designed cabin space, the coach offers swift passenger entry and exit with five passenger doors (3 at LH side & 2 at RH side). With reliable drive line aggregates like ZF and Cummins, a fully composite and leak-proof roof panel and soothing interiors beautifully lit with LEDs, making it a product of Global Standards. The 12 metre-long coaches can accommodate 70 passengers (8 seated & 62 standees). Equipped with the latest technologies such as ECAS, ABS, & CAN bus systems, the coach is fully complied with Airport Handling Manual regulations.

On the unveiling of 'Columbus', Mr. Anil Kamat, Managing Director, MG Group said, “Over the past two decades, we at MG Group have played a significant role in the Indian Bus Building landscape, recognizing customer needs and introducing game-changing and innovative products and solutions for the Bus & Coach Industry. The 'Columbus', currently diesel powered, is envisioned to be offered with CNG as well as Electric Drive lines in the short term. In India, the air passenger traffic has been increasing at approximately 20% year-on-year and hence the demand for Tarmac Coaches is also increasing. The total park volume is currently 800 Coaches, being a highly niche segment.”

A good Tarmac Coach further enhances the image of the airline. The Indian market currently demands about 50 Coaches per year, which is expected to grow as aged Tarmac Coach fleets are also due for replacement. Leading airlines have also placed record order sizes for aircrafts, which in turn, will increase the demand for Tarmac Coaches. Tier-2 City Airports under focus will also boost the demand of Tarmac Coaches. Keeping in mind the urgent need for spacious & high technology coaches by the airline industry, the 'Columbus' has been positioned as a revolutionizing product and a technology demonstrator. The coach will be initially introduced for the export markets and will use the Bus World 2016 platform to take critical feedback from Indian customers with a goal to introduce it in the domestic market in the near future.

The Group also launched its Flagship Premium Luxury Coach ‘Mammoth’ for the Indian market. The coach is already being produced for International Markets since its unveiling last year at Busworld 2015 held in Mumbai, and MG Group is now introducing this product in the Domestic Market. The ‘Mammoth’ has also been fully designed and developed by MG Group.

Built on the state-of-the-art MAN chassis, and certified by MAN Germany, the ‘Mammoth’ has been built with the focus of being one of the safest and most comfortable premium luxury coaches in India. It’s ‘Made in India & Built to International Standards’. The chassis from MAN, Europe’s leading OEM Commercial Vehicle Manufacturers, is rugged and robust, which caters aptly to the Indian operating conditions with increased driving safety, while significantly reducing body movements for best ride comforts. With a total of eight emergency exits, the bus also includes various safety measures such as no sharp corners, seat belts for every passenger and the 'EM – Secure' Rear Emergency Exit, which is patented by MG as a world's first!

Mr. Anil Kamat, Managing Director, MG Group said, “Celebrating our journey of 20 years in the Bus Building Industry, the launch of 'Mammoth' will enhance our position in the market. We will be launching the ‘Mammoth’ in the Domestic Market in both seater and sleeper variants. With this new future ready product, MG Group is set to transform the Bus Building industry in India, and I am convinced that we’re setting new benchmarks for the entire industry.”

He further added, “Mammoth coaches will be available in four variants in the market. The price range will be between Rs. 60 lakh to Rs. 65 lakh depending on the type of variant and technical specifications.”

With our esteemed customers and partners such as Mahindra & Mahindra, Ashok Leyland, VECV, Tata Motors & MAN, the company, since inception, has manufactured over 8000 buses across 25 markets globally for export markets, alone. MG Group has an annual installed capacity of 16,500 buses across two plants in Zaheerabad, Telangana and Belgaum, Karnataka.
This year, the company crosses a major milestone of having produced 100,000 buses since inception in its 20th Year.


About MG Group’s Bus Business


MG Automotives Pvt. Ltd.

MG Group made a foray into bus building in 1996 with MG Automotives Pvt. Ltd. in Zaheerabad, Telangana, spread over 21,000 sq. metres with an annual installed capacity of 12,000 buses. The company employs over 1100 people and its esteemed clients are Mahindra & Mahindra (Truck and Bus Division) Ltd., Ashok Leyland Ltd., Tata Motors, APSRTC, TSRTC and other institutional clients and today are one of the leading privately owned Bus Building group of companies in India.


Alma Motors Pvt. Ltd.

To further the Vision and Mission of MG Group, Alma Motors Pvt. Ltd. was established in 2004, at Belgaum, Karnataka. It is spread over 18,000 sq. metres having an annual capacity of 4,500 buses. The company employs 800 people and its esteemed clients and partners are Ashok Leyland Ltd. (Domestic and Export), Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles Ltd., Tata Motors and MAN apart from various leading Fleet Operators, Schools and Institutional clients.The group has produced 100,000 buses since its inception.

Vision: ’To be the largest Bus Building Company in India’

Mission: To be highly competent and recognized as the most viable TOTAL SOLUTIONS PROVIDER encompassing all activities involving Concept, Design & Development of contemporary vehicles and further Engineering of the same for efficient, high quality and cost effective Mass Production primarily to cater to OEMs, STUs and Fleet Operators’.

Design & Engineering Services: West & Deccan

West & Deccan is an MG Group Enterprise that provides complete Design & Engineering Services. It has a strong and experienced team of 50 Artists, Industrial Design Professionals, Structural Design Engineers and Finite Element Analysts. In addition to the design aesthetics, the team also takes particular care in analyzing and styling vehicles keeping viability and efficiency in mind with the help of state-of-the-art hardware and software packages.


Bus Seating Systems Manufacturing: Alcom Products

Seats form a very critical component for buses and to ensure ergonomically comfortable and cost-effective seating solutions, Alcom Products was established in 2004 to manufacture seats and various sub-assemblies required for the Company’s built buses encompassing school buses, staff buses, sleeper coaches etc. The company has since grown and is currently developing high end luxury seating for introduction in the domestic and export markets.


Composites Manufacturing: MG Composites LLP

With the increasing needs of composites in the Indian Bus Industry, MG Group established MG Composites in 2014 to further its mission to be a ‘Total Bus Solutions Provider’. The company manufactures Fibre Glass parts required for its Group’s bus building companies and is an end-to-end solutions provider from concept to mass manufacturing with a fully equipped pattern and mould making shop and a full-fledged tool room which designs and manufactures tooling required for bus body manufacturing. The company has a panel of International Experts as its Technical Partners and prides itself of the exclusive VPI Technology for the Bus Industry in India. MG Composites, spread over 6,000 sq. metres and an annual production capacity of 3000 tonnes, is setting up a state-of-the-art ‘Centre of Excellence’ with a focus on R&D in composites with highly sophisticated equipments for pattern and mould making, testing and design. 

Bus Electronics Solutions: MG Grey Engine LLP

Understanding the emerging need in the Indian Bus industry for cutting edge technology and quality to match the global standards in the domain of bus electronics and the business opportunities associated with it, MG Group strategically planned to add this vertical into its fold under the name MG Grey Engine LLP. Products include bus wiring harnesses, LED Destination boards and its patented products such as Back-lit destination boards and public address systems. Bus audio and video systems are also very much in the pipeline at MG Grey Engine.