DICV to step up its bus building

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INDIA Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) is hoping to compete with Tata and Ashok Leyland with a new range of buses.

The new range will complement the firm’s existing high-end Mercedes-Benz luxury buses already sold in India.

“A strategic discussion on [the] launch of these buses is going on. India is seen as too huge a market to be overseen,” said Marc Llistosella, DICV’s MD and CEO. “Research on the bus platform is already on in Europe. We have the platforms, but just need to modify them for local conditions.”

DCIV will shift its focus towards its new bus range after the launch of its BharatBenz truck range, which is planned to go ahead between July and September 2012.