(L–R): Vijitha Bandara, Chief Operating Officer of TATA Division – DIMO, Rudrarup Maitra, Head – Sales (CV International Business) of TATA Motors Limited, Ranjith Pandithage, Chairman and Managing Director of DIMO, Gahanath Pandithage, Chief Executive Officer of DIMO and Rohit Srivastava, Chief Executive Officer of TATA Marcopolo Motors Limited | Pics by Chandana Wijesinghe

Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC together with TATA Motors last week announced the launch of the ‘ULTRA Standard Bus’, ‘ULTRA School Bus’ and the ‘ULTRA Luxury AC Bus’ in Sri Lanka. The 34 seater ‘ULTRA Standard Bus’, ‘ULTRA School Bus’ and the 29 seater ‘ULTRA Luxury AC Bus’ showcase superior technology and design along with superior aggregates, ensuring lowest cost of ownership and higher uptime with enhanced driver and passenger comfort.

The ‘ULTRA Standard Bus, ULTRA School Bus’ and the ‘ULTRA Luxury AC Bus’ have been built on the sturdy and versatile LPO 7.5 T platform and are powered by the reliable TATA 497 engine along with a viscous fan, resulting in higher fuel efficiency and lowest NVH levels in its category. The 6-speed gearbox with overdrive and cable shift mechanism ensures higher mileage, more speed selection options and higher maximum speed, besides providing 30% more life. The high strength chassis and stronger rear axle enhance the life of the vehicle, while the wider tubeless radial tyres give a longer running life. The service interval has also been doubled for more on-road availability and to significantly reduce maintenance cost for the operators.

The ULTRA luxury variant comes with engine-driven individual AC vents, integrated in the modular hat-rack along with reading lamps for easy access. To make travel more comfortable, push-back seats with up to 135 degree recline, wide arm and foot rests are provided in the bus without compromising on the rear and side luggage boot space. Additionally the bus also comes with LCD screen fitment and a CD / DVD player on request. The School variant on the other hand is equipped with 25 safety features along with various comfort features for children.

With wider track axle and lowest in class turning radius, the vehicle is stable at turns and easy to maneuver. The power steering is both telescopic and tiltable and the sub-assembly comes with a high capacity power steering pump and dashboard mounted gear lever to reduce driver fatigue.