Tata Motors launches 31-tonne 3-axle 6x2 truck, Signa 3118.T

Tata Motors, India’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, on Tuesday launched its latest offering in M&HCV segment – the Tata Signa 3118.T – the country’s first 3-axle 6×2 (10 wheeler) rigid truck with 31 tonnes Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). 

With a 3,500 kg higher certified payload than the corresponding 28-tonne GVW rigid truck and equivalent cost of operations with similar fuel, tyre and maintenance cost of a 28-tonne truck, this product is conceived to significantly enhance the net operating profit for its customers by nearly 45 per cent over a 28-tonne truck. 
The Tata Signa 3118.T offers a unique blend of value proposition in terms of both, revenue and operating cost, for its customers, says Tata Motors. 
“The incremental investment on the Signa 3118.T, over the corresponding 28-tonne truck, can be recovered in less than one year of operations and followed by years of incremental earnings,” it adds.
“The Signa 3118.T is a landmark in Tata Motors’ journey towards customer excellence. The model is evidence of unmatched customer-focused engineering and unique value positioning by Tata Motors. Value features like fuel economy switch, gear shift advisor, ICGT brakes, Fleet Edge telematics system with inbuilt anti-fuel theft, reverse parking assistance perfectly complement the pioneering vehicle design exceeding the expectations of the new-age customer,” Rajesh Kaul, vice president, sales and marketing, commercial vehicle business unit, Tata Motors, said.
“The Lx version also comes with air conditioning and unitised wheel bearings. This model expands the array of choice for customers seeking to enhance their profitability through revenue growth model,” he adds.
The Tata Signa 3118.T, with its 12.5-tonne dual tyre lift axle configuration, can operate at 31-tonne GVW with the lift axle down and at 18.5-tonne GVW with the lift axle up, offering a large band of operating payload for various application needs. The lift axle is beneficial for tanker customers yielding higher fuel economy in empty returns. 
It is ideally suitable for all types of tanker applications – petroleum, oil and lubricants (POL), chemicals, bitumen, edible oil, milk and water, as well industrial good such as packed LPG cylinders, lubricants, agricultural products etc. The Signa 3118.T is certified by Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) for 25KL POL tanker, which is 2KL higher than the highest allowed capacity on a 10-wheeler, 28-tonne GVW truck, says Tata Motors.
The Tata 3118.T comes in 24-feet and 32-feet load spans in Signa avatar with Lx, Cx versions, and a cowl variant. Powered by the Cummins BS6 engine, developing 186hp of power and 850Nm of torque, the Tata Signa 3118.T is mated to the G950 6 speed transmission and heavy-duty axles. 
Under Tata Motors’ Sampoorna Seva 2.0 a bouquet of value added services and standard driveline warranty of 6 years/6-lakh kilometres, the Tata Signa 3118.T will be launched in phases across states and markets.