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HM rolls out HM-Shifeng Winner after a decade

At a time when rival auto companies are trying to launch at least one vehicle every year, C K Birla-controlled Hindustan Motors has rolled out a new vehicle after nearly a decade.

The latest machine from the HM stable is a mini-truck co-branded with Chinese auto company Shandong Shefing.

Christened HM-Shifeng Winner, the vehicle will roll out of HM’s Uttarpara plant.

The 2.3-tonne Winner, priced at Rs3.9 lakh (ex-showroom), can carry up to one-tonne payload and will compete with Tata Motors’ Ace.

Ravi Santhanam, managing director of HM, said: “The Uttarpara plant will manufacture 1,000 mini-trucks a month.”

On the company’s future plans, Santhanam said Hindustan Motors will henceforth focus on commercial vehicles and supply ancillary parts to auto manufacturers.

By March 2009, the company hopes to introduce two more variants of the Winner, including the CNG model.

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