Tata Motors, India’s market leader in commercial vehicles and the world’s fourth largest truck manufacturer, has launched the new TATA Prima 3138.K 8X4 tipper equipped with an Allison 4430R transmission at the 6th International Construction Equipment and Construction Technology Trade Fair (EXCON) 2011 in Bengaluru, which is organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry. The company states that the tipper model is ideal for carrying overburden in coal, iron ore, limestone and other applications involved in the heavy mining industry.Tata’s Prima 3138.K is a four-axle, 31 t GVW tipper with an Allison 4430R automatic transmission. Powered by a Cummins ISLe (CRDi) engine, the tipper has a maximum rating of 370 hp and features new generation brakes, ABS and a hub reduction axle, specially designed for off-road applications. The tipper also comes with a 19 m3 rock body for better payload volume and faster tipping time. According to Allison, customers will also benefit from the proven characteristics of the Allison 4430R transmission, including “outstanding reliability and durability.” The company adds: “Allison fully automatics allow faster acceleration resulting in shorter trip times and provide more torque to the wheels. Built in prognostics extend oil change intervals and with two hands on the wheel, safety is increased.” The new Tata tipper also includes a spacious, air-conditioned cabin with a pneumatic-suspension driver’s seat and adjustable steering wheel. Tata states that these amenities, along with the smooth shifting of the Allison fully automatic transmission, afford drivers the level of comfort necessary to achieve long hours of daily operation, while also increasing productivity.