New Truck Test Track Unveiled by Daimler in India

German carmaker Daimler today pulled the wraps off a new test track for truck in preparation for the launch of production at the Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) division in Oragadam, India.

The DICV track, whose construction began in April last year, is already putting trucks through hell, as testing here has commenced. The trucks now being put through their paces will be launched in mid-2012.

The track spreads for 19 hectares and is actually made of two separate tracks. The outer, three-lane one has a total length of 1.55 kilometer and will be used to test power train and driving noise.

The smaller, two lane inner one is 1.16 kilometers long and will be used to test the tracks in "a variety of India-specific poor road features": a water trough, a dusty road and poor road surface.

Daimler India will build light, medium, and heavy duty trucks at the 160 hectare facility and plans to invest an additional 700 million euros over the next five years to upgrade it.

“The Indian truck industry has been steadily progressing toward modern generation products in line with the requirements of the market,” Marc Llistosella, CEO of DICV said in a release.

“Keeping in mind the Indian customers’ need for high-quality and reliable trucks, we are confident that we will fully meet their expectations with our products. Our trucks offer high quality and an outstanding price:performance ratio. Our new test track, which is one-of-a-kind in South Asia, is an important step towards ensuring this commitment."
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