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Cooper Corporation to launch LCV in India

     Pune based engine and component supplier Cooper Corporation is planning to launch an indigenously developed light commercial truck in India next year to rival the market leader ‘Tata Ace’. The company is spending Rs. 130-140 Crores in the development of the LCV which is primarily aimed at rural and semi urban markets.

     The LCV will have payload capacity from 0.5-1.5 tonne. It will be powered by an in house diesel engine developed in association with Ricardo of the UK. However, the vehicle design and engineering will be outsourced.

     The LCV will come with 6 variants with a passenger variant being one of them. Powering the LCV will be 1.5 liter naturally aspirated twin cylinder diesel engine with 55 Bhp of power. 

     The manufacturing plant will be set up at Satara, Maharashtra and will have initial capacity of 20,000 units per annum. The vehicle will be priced between Rs. 2.5-3.5 lakh. 

Press Release:

Farrokh N Cooper, chairman and managing director, Cooper Corporation -
"We have completed the work on engine and work on the LCV is on. We are trying to meet the deadline of the Auto Expo (2012), but the vehicle will be launched only next year."
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