TVS and Sons have planned to inaugurate 12 new commercial vehicles sales, service and spares outlets across the country within the next year, according to its President, dealership business, N.Krishnamoorthy. He was speaking at the inaugural of the 42nd TVS Ashok Leyland sales and service outlet for commercial vehicles at Pavithram near here on Wednesday.

Mr.Krishnamoorthy said that the Karur facility was the company's 18th outlet in the State. The rest were spread over Kerala, Puducherry, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarkhand apart from Tamil Nadu, he said. By catering to varied customer groups to meet their specific requirements in the transport sector, the company have been able to stay afloat even during economic slow down that had hurt the automobile sector. Last year when the industry grew by 32 per cent our sales had peaked to reach 40 per cent, reflecting the confidence our customers had in us, he said. For the current year, Mr.Krishnamoorthy expected his company to sell more than 17,000 units of trucks and vehicles across various categories.

``We are the service providers while Ashok Leyland is repositioning itself also as solution provider to meet the diversified demand of the transport and motor industry,'' Mr. Krishnamoorthy said. He expressed happiness that the Karur facility was being opened on the centenary year of the flagship company of the TVS group, the TVS and Sons.

In Tamil Nadu and Kerala we plan to have a sales, service and spares outlet for every 50 to 75 kilometre, while we plan to have one such facility for every 200 km in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarkhand, he added. Delivering the keynote address the Ashok Leyland Executive Director, Rajive Saharia, said that Karur facility was his company's 379th workshop of which at least 100 have been opened during the last year. With admirable support from satisfied customers, the network was getting expanded every year, he said. Ashok Leyland's promise was to improve service delivery to transporters and clients, supply quality products and contribute to furthering the business prospects of customers, he said.

Stating that his company was focused on product innovation, Mr.Saharia said that domestic consumption was poised to grow and Ashok Leyland was well placed to harness the benefits. Growth in construction and mining sectors were providing the impetus for automobile sector. Mr.Rajive Saharia and Mr.Krishnamoorthy handed over 51 new vehicles to customers. Some of the advantages in the new facility at Karur are two bay services for faster servicing, computerised wheel alignment system and preparedness to overhaul BS III engines.