In India the Small Commercial Vehicle (SCV) segment was created by the launch of Tata Ace in May 2005. This category can roughly be characterized as sub 1000cc engine and less than 3.5 tonnes of weight. This segment competes in the prevailing three-wheeler segment on the basis of cost, durability and new pollution control laws.

Mini trucks are suitable for short intra-city deliveries, plying on narrow village roads, long highway hauls carrying small bulky loads or even heavy cargo. Before the coming of mini trucks to India, this segment was being catered by three-wheelers. With the Supreme Court of India‘s ban of overloading of cargo vehicles and restrictions on the entry of heavy commercial vehicles into city, the necessity of an intermediate segment was observed. Tata became the frontrunner to fill the gap by launching the first mini truck of India Tata Ace.

With the immense popularity of Tata Ace, many other manufacturers from three-wheeler segment or from Light Commercial Vehicle segment jumped into the SCV segment.

Small Commercial Vehicle Industry

In India, the small commercial vehicle is divided into two segments, one segment competes in the prevailing three-wheeler segment on the basis of cost, durability and new pollution control laws and other  are larger vehicles which can tackle a wide range of applications. They typically allow easy conversion between multiple combinations of passenger and luggage capacity.

  1. Mini Trucks
  2. Multi Utility Vehicles

Mini trucks : Tata Ace Series, Leyland Dost, Mahindra Maxximo , Ape and many more are coming.

Multi Utility Vehicles : Mahindra & Mahindra have the major share in this segment followed by Tata with its Sumo , Spacio, 207 Di range.

Tata group have presence in both multi utility & mini truck segment.

Tata Multi Utility Vehicles :

  1. Tata Sumo
  2. Tata Sumo Victa
  3. Spacio
  4. 207 Di
  5. 207 Di Rx

Tata Mini Truck Range :

  1. Tata Ace
  2. Tata Magic
  3. Tata Ace Super
  4. Tata Ace Zip/ Iris
  5. Ace Dicor

The 2nd most prominent player of Indian CV industry, Ashok Leyland’s only offering in the SCV segment is Dost.

Mahindra’s small commercial vehicles offer the widest range from Pick-ups to 3 wheelers with multiple load carrying capacities suitable for varied consumer needs across urban and rural India. The range includes people movers in the commercial space comprising of 3 wheeler auto rickshaws to small vans,suitable for school vans and stage carriages to meet public transportation needs across the country. Each product offers a unique value proposition and is targeted at different customer segments to match their specific needs, with minimal overlap.

Multi Utility Vehicle Range :


  1. Jeep Diesel
  2. Jeep Single Belt & Commander
  3. Jeep S4
  4. Jeep Peugeot 540, O/M & N/M
  5. Mahindra Armada
  6. Mahindra Marshal, Pik-up & Utility
  7. Mahindra Bolero Turbo / Sawari
  8. Mahindra Bolero
  9. Mahindra Scorpio & Scorpio Crdi
  10. Mahindra Tourister
  11. Mahindra Xylo
  12. Mahindra Thar

Mahindra Mini Truck :

  1. Maxximo
  2. Maxximo Plus ( Hoses under process)
  3. Jeeto
  4. Supro

Toyota have only two models targeting at this segment, mainly

  1. Qualis
  2. Innova

Chevrolet main segment is passenger vehicles, but with only one model targeting this segment, they have made quite an impact in the industry, their approach of targeting the Indian BPO industry initially actually paid off quite well, and today, Tavera have actually made a name for itself in the industrial cab industry.

Force Motors started production of the Hanseat three-wheeler in collaboration with German Vidal & Sohn Tempo Werke and went on to establish a presence in the light commercial vehicles field with the Matador, the proverbial LCV (light commercial vehicle) in India. Bajaj Tempo was associated with Mercedes-Benz since 1976 and in 1982 they began building the Mercedes-Benz OM616 diesel engine. Through the 1980s and 1990s, and especially in the last five years with a major product development effort, Force Motors has introduced new light commercial vehicles, a facelifted series of Tempo Trax utility vehicles, new tractors, and a new range of three-wheelers.

  1. Trax Cruiser
  2. Matador F-307
  3. Tempo Traveller
  4. Trax Zudo & Toofan