Ashok Leyland Rolls Out the First SCR BS IV - OBD-II Compliant Commercial Vehicle in the Country


Ashok Leyland rolled out the country’s first On Board Diagnostic (OBD-II) compliant vehicle powered by a BSIV engine and equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology. Ashok Leyland was the first OEM to receive the OBD-II certification for BS IV-compliant commercial vehicle engines in SCR, EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) and CNG technologies. This is as per the legislation that came into effect from April 1, 2013 on all BSIV commercial vehicles above 3.5 tonnes GVW.

Speaking about the development, Vinod K Dasari, MD, Ashok Leyland, said, “This is a remarkable achievement of having completed the entire process of certification to final product rollout in record time and credit is due not only to our team but to our suppliers as well, who partnered us. With the introduction of stricter emission norms, there is a greater need for sophisticated emission control systems and technologies and OBD II will go a long way in improving the overall life and productivity of the vehicle and, at the end of the day, enhance our customers’ profitability.”

OBD detects failures that adversely affect emissions and illuminates a dashboard light known as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) to warn the driver of faults. It aids diagnosis and repair of complex electronic engine controls, helps keep emissions low by early identification of controls that needs repair, is a life-long solution for the vehicle while from an industry perspective, it encourages the design of durable emission control systems.

Ashok Leyland ‘Dost’ completes one full year of operations 

‘Dost’, the 2.5T LCV from Ashok Leyland, completed one full year of successful operations clocking a sales volume of 34,917 units garnered from the 12 States it is presently sold in. Riding on this success, the company has bagged healthy export orders for ‘Dost’ from the SAARC markets. 

“We set out to create a vehicle to meet the requirements of an evolving LCV customer in India and we are deeply appreciative of the overwhelming customer response to ‘Dost’,” said Dr V Sumantran, Vice-Chairman, Ashok Leyland.

‘Dost’ has already emerged as the market leader with a market share of 19% (all India) in its 2-3.5T category. With the help of an entirely new dealership network equipped with modern infrastructure that is already 100 strong, the company plans to progressively offer ‘Dost’ pan India as well as feed the overseas markets. At the same time, plans are afoot to enhance its LCV portfolio with the introduction of variants both in the goods and passenger segments. 

‘Dost’, which has a payload capacity of 1.25T, is available in three versions with the top-end version featuring air-conditioning, powersteering and a palette of four colours to choose from: White, Beige, Blue and Aqua Green. Ashok Leyland also offers Ready-to-Use Vehicles (RUVs) on the ‘Dost’ platform for various applications such as Refrigerated containers, Steel containers, Ambulance, Aluminium Fixed Side Decks and Service-At-Site vehicles.

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