The birth of Ashok Motors

Founded by Raghunandan Saran, Ashok Motors was set up in collaboration with Austin Motor Company, England and incorporated on September 7th for the assembly of Austin cars.

1948 The birth of Ashok Motors The first A40 assembled

Production began in September at the factory situated at Ennore, south of Madras, and soon the first indigenously assembled A40 Austin car was rolled out.

1949 Production began in September at the factory situated at Ennore, south of Madras Ashok Motors and Leyland, UK agree to collaborate

An agreement was reached between the two companies and Ashok Motors got sole rights to import, assemble and progressively manufacture Leyland trucks for seven years.

1950 Assembly and distribution of Leyland commercial vehicles started Assembly of Leyland chassis commences

The first Leyland chassis assembled by Ashok Motors at Ennore were four Comet 350-engines tippers sold to the Mangalore Tile Factory.

1951 Assembly of Leyland chassis commences Government approval for manufacture of commercial vehicles

The Government approved the progressive manufacture of Leyland commercial vehicles and a license for the manufacture of 1,000 Comets a year was granted.

1954 After obtaining license for manufacturing 1000 Comet range of commercial vehicle Ashok Motors becomes Ashok Leyland

Named after Raghunandan’s son, Ashok, the company was renamed ‘Ashok Leyland’ with equity participation from Leyland Motors, Ltd.

1955 Named after Raghunandan’s son, Ashok, the company was renamed ‘Ashok Leyland’ wi India’s first double-decker arrives

‘Titan’ - The first Indian-made double decker with 50% indigenous components was launched.

1967 ‘Titan’ - The first Indian-made double decker with 50% indigenous components was A revolution in steering

For the first time, power steering was featured on commercial vehicles.

1969 A revolution in steering A specially designed vehicle for the Indian Army

1,000 numbers of the 6x4 ‘Hippo’ Tipper was designed and delivered to the Indian Army based on its specific requirements.

1970 1,000 numbers of the 6x4 ‘Hippo’ Tipper was designed and delivered to the Indian Production target upped to 10,000 vehicles a year

The license to manufacture 10,000 vehicles a year was granted

1972 The license to manufacture 10,000 vehicles a year was granted Turnover tops Rs. 1,000 million

Ashok Leyland’s turnover for the first time crossed Rs. 1,000 million

1974 Ashok Leyland’s turnover for the first time crossed Rs. 1,000 million The Viking appears

The ‘Viking’, the first ever bus with an alternator and a unique front overhang that facilitated front entry hit the Indian roads.

1976 The ‘Viking’, the first ever bus with an alternator and a unique front overhang A Cheetah bounds into the frame

India’s first rear-engine bus – ‘Cheetah’ was introduced with mixed reactions from drivers. While it cut off much of the heat, their complaint was that they “could not hear the engine!”

1978 India’s first rear-engine bus – ‘Cheetah’ was introduced with mixed reactions fr Hosur plant starts operations

The Company’s second plant – Hosur 1 – was inaugurated by M. G. Ramachandran, the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

1980 Hosur plant starts operations Two major new truck introductions

India’s first 13-ton truck – ‘Tusker’ with a 125 hp engine was launched followed by the country’s first multi-axle truck – ‘Taurus’.

1980 India’s first 13-ton truck – ‘Tusker’ with a 125 hp engine was launched followed India’s first Vestibule bus introduced

India’s first vestibule or the articulated bus was introduced ushering in a whole new concept in urban travel.

1982 India’s first Vestibule bus introduced Manufacturing footprint expands northwards

Two new manufacturing facilities at Bhandara (Maharashtra) and Alwar (Rajasthan) were inaugurated in March and August respectively.

1982 Manufacturing footprint expands northwards Technical Centre ready

The Company’s Technical Centre at Vellivoyalchavadi, on the outskirts of Madras was ready equipped with much-needed testing tracks.

1990 The Company’s Technical Centre at Vellivoyalchavadi, on the outskirts of Madras First Indian auto company to receive ISO 9002 certification

This was followed two years later with the ISO 9001 Certification.

1993 First driver training facility set up

The most comprehensive driver training facility in India’s private sector was set up at Namakkal, right in the heart of Tamil Nadu’s trucking community.

1995 The most comprehensive driver training facility in India’s private sector was se Hosur Plant II inaugurated

The second plant at Hosur was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister, Deve Gowda, in December.

1996 The second plant at Hosur was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister, Deve Gowda The Stallion rides for the Indian Army

The Stallion, an all-terrain logistic vehicle, was inducted into the Indian Army.

1997 The Stallion rides for the Indian Army India’s first CNG bus launched

As a major step in developing alternate fuel for mass transportation, India’s first CNG-powered bus was handed over to the BEST (Brihan Mumbai Electricity Supply and Transport), Mumbai

1997 India’s first CNG bus launched Another innovation in alternate fuel technology

The country’s first Hybrid Electric Vehicle was developed and showcased at Auto Expo 2002.

2002 The country’s first Hybrid Electric Vehicle was developed and showcased at Auto First Indian auto company to receive BS 7799 certification

For Information Security Management System

2005 For Information Security Management System A Stag crosses the border

When the Srinagar – Muzzafarabad road route was open for traffic, the first vehicle to cross from the Indian side was a Stag bus, flagged off by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi.

2005 A Stag crosses the border Acquisition of AVIA

The truck business of Czech Republic-based AVIA came into the Company’s fold

2006 The truck business of Czech Republic-based AVIA came into the Company’s fold Agreement inked with Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority

For the setting up of a bus assembly plant in the UAE, which was later inaugurated by Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah in 2010.

2006 For the setting up of a bus assembly plant in the UAE, which was later inaugurat Joint Venture forged with Nissan Motor Company, Japan

For manufacture and marketing of Light Commercial Vehicles

2007 For manufacture and marketing of Light Commercial Vehicles Joint venture with Continental AG, Germany

The JV was with then Siemens VDO, for the development of automotive Infotronics.

2007 The JV was with then Siemens VDO, for the development of automotive Infotronics. Carrying the dreams of a nation

An Ashok Leyland double decker bus carried the victorious World T20 cricket team, under the leadership of M S Dhoni, on their lap of honour through the streets of Mumbai.

2007 An Ashok Leyland double decker bus carried the victorious World T20 cricket team Joint Venture with the Alteams Group, Finland

For the production of HPDC (High Pressure Die Casting) extruded aluminum components.

2007 For the production of HPDC (High Pressure Die Casting) extruded aluminum compone Joint Venture inked with John Deere, USA

For the manufacture of construction equipment products.

2008 For the manufacture of construction equipment products. Albonair, GmbH established

For the development of clean and green technologies.

2008 Albonair GmbH established in Germany to focus on advanced emission control syste India’s first Hybrid CNG Plug-in Bus

Showcased at Auto Expo 2010 and later did service during the Commonwealth Games moving VIPs and media at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

2010 Showcased at Auto Expo 2010 and later did service during the Commonwealth Games Pantnagar plant inaugurated

The Company’s modern, technologically world-class and largest plant went on stream with a capacity to touch 75,000 vehicles.

2010 The Company’s modern, technologically world-class and largest plant went on stre The U-Truck platform launch

The new, future-ready U-Truck platform entered the market with the promise of a holistically superior level of trucking.

2010 New and innovative U-Truck platform launched Stake in Optare plc.

As part of its global bus strategy, the Company bought 26% stake in Optare plc, a well-known bus maker in the UK. Subsequently, the stake was increased to 75.1% in January, 2012.

2010 A full range player with DOST

Entry into the LCV segment.

2011 Entry into the LCV segment. Enters the construction equipment space

October 2011 saw the launch of a new brand – LEYLAND DEERE – and the unveil of the first product from the Ashok Leyland – John Deere joint venture – the 435 Backhoe Loader.

2011 Jan Bus

World’s first single step entry, front engine, fully flat floor bus unveiled by Union Minister Shri Kamal Nath

2012 U-3723

Introduced India’s first 37-tonne haulage truck with the highest payload of up to 27 tonnes

2012 Neptune Engine

Launched the future-ready electronic fuel efficient Engine with CRS with is protected upto BS-VI.

2013 Neptune Engine BOSS

Launched the next generation intermediate commercial vehicle.

2013 BOSS STILE

A stylish Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) based on a contemporary, award-winning vehicle platform and the most fuel efficient vehicle in its category.

2013 STILE CAPTAIN

CAPTAIN truck series launched 

2014 CAPTAIN truck Series launched