Official Tata Motors distributor DRB-Hicom Commercial Vehicles (DHCV) has expanded its lineup with the launch of the Tata Super Ace and Ultra. The mini and light trucks join the Xenon pick-up trucks and Prima prime movers, and will be locally assembled (CKD) in Pekan in the third quarter of the year.

According to Berita Harian, preparing the facility for local assembly of these models represented an initial investment of RM10 million. “We have already received approval from Tata Motors and we are now in the process of creating the production network at the Pekan plant, where I believe production will begin in the third quarter of this year.

“The plan for CKD is important as we believe that the light commercial vehicle market in Malaysia will see increased growth in the years to come,” said DRB-Hicom’s chief operating officer of automotive distribution, defence and manufacturing and engineering, Datuk Abdul Harith Abdullah.

Onwards to the vehicles themselves, and their prices. The one-tonne Super Ace is priced at RM46,990, while the Ultra is priced at RM86,990 for the eight-tonne Ultra 814 and RM97,990 for the Ultra 1014. Both prices are without GST and on-the-road costs, and can be customised with different body options to suit the customer’s needs.

The Super Ace is powered by a 1.4 litre turbodiesel producing 70 hp at 4,500 rpm and 135 Nm of torque at 2,500 rpm, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Meanwhile, the Ultra 814 – with a 4.5-tonne payload and a highest body option of 5.5 metres – and Ultra 1014 both come with a 3.0 litre turbodiesel making 140 hp at 2,600 rpm and 390 Nm from 1,400 to 2,000 rpm, paired to a six-speed manual gearbox.

“With our partner Tata Motors, we are confident about making a significant impact in the selected commercial vehicle categories and thus grabbing market share incrementally in what is a very competitive niche market,” said Abdul Harith. “The economy is poised to grow this year which bodes well for our joint venture.”