Truck manufacturing companies of India

The trucking sector of any country is the backbone of the economy as they act as a lifeline of the country, providing essential goods and supplies on time. Without a robust trucking industry, the economy of a country can go red in inflation. In India, there are certain brands or truck manufacturers that have maintained a solid pillar of the trucking industry in our country since independence. Many foreign players like Mercedes-Benz, AMW, or MAN trucks have also entered our market, but local brands like Tata and Ashok Leyland still have the maximum market share in the sector. The trust and after-sale support of these brands is unmatched, and this is the reason that they have garnered such a huge fan following. Let us have a look at the top truck companies in India.  

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Tata Motors

The top brand in the list of the top truck manufacturing companies in India is the great Tata Motors. Initially debuted as the Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company (TELCO), it was founded in 1945 as a locomotive manufacturer. In 1945, the brand rolled out its first commercial vehicle, which was in a collaboration with Daimler-Benz AG. The partnership ended in 1969 after which, it was licensed to produce trucks. Tata Motors has about 53 percent of shares right now in the truck market. Notable trucks from Tata Motors are Tata 1412 LPT, Tata LPT 4225, Tata 1512 LPT Truck, and others. The main appealing factor for the brand is the vast and unmatched service network and the legendary reliability of their products. The trucks are known to give good fuel economy and long life over rough conditions. 

Ashok Leyland

Second, on the list is equally legendary Ashok Leyland. Ashok Leyland is an Indian commercial automotive manufacturer, with its headquarters in Chennai and one of the top truck companies in India. The brand is owned by the Hinduja groups and was founded in 1948 as Ashok Motors, which later became Ashok Leyland in the year 1955. Ashok Leyland is the second-largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in India, the third-largest manufacturer of buses in the world. Initially, the trucks were manufactured in a joint venture, in collaboration with the Leyland motors of the UK, but the collaboration ended in 1975. The top trucks from this brand are Ecomet 1015 HE, Ashok Leyland 1920 Tipper, and Ashok Leyland 4220. The brand has a tight fight with the top manufacturer Tata and both these brands have a separate fan base in India. The main thing going on for this brand is easy technology and cheap running cost.

Eicher Motors

The company was founded back in 1948 when Good earth Company was established for the distribution and service of imported tractors. Later in 1959, the Eicher Tractor Corporation of India Private Ltd was established, in a joint venture with the Eicher tractor company, a German tractor manufacturer. After 1965, Eicher in India was completely owned by Indian shareholders. The company has the broadest range of trucks, which are sold at different price levels. They offer superior value and fulfill all Indian commercial vehicle market segments. The truck brand has made a niche for itself in the light truck segment with models like Eicher Pro 2049 and Eicher Pro 2095XP selling like hotcakes. The brand is mostly used in intercity trucking requirements. 

Swaraj Mazda Group

The Swaraj Mazda or SML Isuzu Limited (SMLI) is a commercial vehicle manufacturing group that was established in 1983. It is a joint venture between Sumitomo Corporation and Isuzu Motors, having a 44% and 15% of the stake respectively. SML Isuzu Limited (SMLI) is a trusted and reliable light commercial vehicle manufacturer in India and has had a strong market share since its inception. Some important and popular trucks being sold in the market are SML Isuzu Sartaj 5252 XM, SML Isuzu Cosmo and SML Isuzu Sartaj HG 72. Right now, the brand has made quick progress towards the implementation of the BS6 emission requirements. The brand provides some of the best utility vehicles for the light trucking demands. The low initial investment is the major selling point of this brand.


So these were the top truck companies in India. The history of these brands dates almost as long as the independence of our country and since then, they have been strong pillars of our trucking industry. Without them, the whole trucking industry would come crashing down. No doubt the foreign players have entered our market, but they cannot match the trust factor that these brands have in the Indian market.