Ashok Leyland is the leading manufacturer of trucks, buses, special application vehicles and engines in India. The products of Ashok Leyland are at par with the best in the world. Ashok Leyland is the leaders in the Indian bus market, offering unique models such as CNG, Double Decker and Vestibule bus. More than 80% of the State Transport Undertaking (STU) buses come from Ashok Leyland. The company is a pioneer in multi axle trucks and tractor-trailers. Ashok Leyland is the largest provider of logistic vehicles to the Indian army. It also manufactures diesel engines for Industrial, Genset and Marine applications, in collaboration with technology leaders.
The birth of Ashok Leyland can be attributed to the quest for
self-reliance in the aftermath of independence. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
persuaded Mr. Raghunandan Saran, an industrialist, to enter automotive
manufacture. In 1948, Ashok Motors was set up in Madras (Chennai) for
the assembly of Austin Cars. Soon, British Leyland acquired an equity
stake in the company and the name of the company was changed from Ashok
Motors to Ashok Leyland. In 1955, Ashok Leyland commenced of commercial
vehicles. Since then Ashok Leyland has maintained its technological
leadership in the India's commercial vehicle industry. Tie-ups with
international technology leaders and through vigorous in-house R&D
enabled Ashok Leyland to introduce latest technological breakthroughs in
the Indian market. Ashok Leyland was the first to introduce full air
brakes, power steering and rear engine busses in India.
In 1987, the overseas holding by Land Rover Leyland International
Holdings Limited (LRLIH) was taken over by a joint venture between the
Hinduja Group and IVECO. Since July 2006, the Hinduja Group is 100%
holder of LRLIH.
Associate Companies of Ashok Leyland
Automotive Coaches & Components Ltd (ACCL): ACCL was
promoted by Ashok Leyland and the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development
Corporation (TIDCO) in the 1980s. The company has two Divisions: ACCL
Division and PL Haulwel Trailers (PLHT). ACCL is the largest Tipper Body
manufacturer in the organised sector in India. Apart from the tippers,
it also manufactures bus bodies, front-end structures (FES), tankers,
aluminum containers, OB vans, energy vans and the like. PLHT
manufactures a wide variety of after-chassis products. These include
Fifth Wheel Couplers and Hoists, Semi Trailers, Container trailers,
Ladle Carriers, for foundries (Steel / Aluminum), Running gears for LPG
tankers, Car / Truck / Tractor Carriers, Bottom dumpers, and all types
of user-specific custom-designed trailers for niche applications.
Lanka Ashok Leyland: The Company was established in 1982. It is
a joint venture between Ashok Leyland and the Government of Sri Lanka.
Ashok Leyland supplies chassis in both completely built-up and knocked
down conditions to Lanka Ashok Leyland, which in turn assembles the
chassis and builds bodies.
Ennore Foundries: Ennore Foundries was established in 1959. It
is India's largest automotive jobbing foundry and caters to different
segment like automobiles, tractors, industrial engines and power
IRIZAR-TVS: IRIZAR-TVS is a joint venture between Ashok Leyland,
TVS & Sons Ltd and IRIZAR, the internationally reputed bus body
builder from Spain. The company was started in 2001 and it manufactures
Ashok Leyland Project Services Limited: Ashok Leyland Project
Services Limited (ALPS) looks after the project development activities
of the Hinduja Group in India. It assists the investment entities of the
Group and provides professional services to help international companies
interested in projects in India.
Major Achievements of Hinduja Group