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Addressing a press conference at the factory, Alan Durante, President and executive director of the automotive sector, said the indigenously designed body was being made by `M G Auto' (located in Zaheerabad), while the fuel efficient DI engine (displacement of 2523 cm 3) was designed by an Austrian company but manufactured in India.
The Tourister 15 was intended to gradually replace the FJ bus, a 30 year old model of Mahindra which, he claimed, commanded a 80 per cent of the market share in the segment. To begin with the Zaheerabad factory would roll out 200 Touristers a month, which will go up to 400. The model will cater to the specialised needs of segments such as maxi cabs, schools, and hotels. They are selling 185 FJs per month now.
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