The Dost Story

Ever since the beginning of human civilization, men have felt the need for a trustworthy companion for their journeys and to take care of their transportation requirements. This need led to the growth, spread and prosperity of civilization. For years, men experimented with various means to transport their goods and travel. Each time they came up with better and innovative results. From first cart on wheels to bullock carts and horse carriages, to bicycles and rickshaws, men have come a long way in making both transportation and life easier. In India, new entrepreneurs are setting out to build their businesses. Their search for independence, their quest for economic growth demands a trusted and reliable partner who will bravely travel the distance with them.

Presenting Ashok Leyland’s DOST :

DOST is a brand new offering which in comparison to the products presently available in the SCV (Small Commercial Vehicle) segment, promises a new experience and technology at an increased payload of 1.25 Tons. It is equipped with a state-of-the-art 55 hp, 3 cylinder, 1.5 litre TDCR engine that is tuned for fuel economy as well as the driveability and gradeability required for Indian roads thanks to the Common Rail technology and a substantial torque of 150Nm. Completing the powertrain package is a five-speed manual gear box. DOST’s practicality is further increased by its tight turning circle radius of just 4.8 m, designed to easily negotiate both congested city roads and narrow rural lanes. The Euro-look cab is roomy, comfortable with superior ergonomics and an in-built safety structure. The unique Front Transverse leaf suspension matches ride quality with high durability. The Load Sensing Proportioning Valve (LSPV) technology measures the weight on the load body and applies the brake force accordingly to ensure stable braking irrespective of whether the vehicle is fully loaded or empty. DOST will be available in three versions with the top-end version featuring air-conditioning, power steering and fabric seats. The customer will also have a palette of three colours to choose from: white, beige and blue. Dost is envisaged as ‘the’ next-generation product in the Indian LCV industry, rapidly evolving on the lines of the passenger car segment. It is meant for discerning customers who want to exert their economic and social status. It is a contemporary, powerful and highly efficient product, bringing forth to its users, “Japanese Quality at Indian Cost”.  

lcv cargo carrier of the year award to dost by apollo-cv awards 2012

Dr. V. Sumantran, Executive Vice Chairman, Hinduja Automotive and Chairman, Nissan Ashok Leyland Powertrain Ltd., receiving “LCV Cargo Carrier of the Year Award” for DOST from Mr. Ramakrishnan, VP South Asia and MENA Automotive, Frost and Sullivan. Also seen is Mr. Nitin Seth, Executive Director, Defence and LCV Business and Mr. E. Balasubramoniam, Executive Director, Ashok Leyland Nissan JV. The award was presented on 30th Apr ’12 in Mumbai.



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