The origin of Ashok Leyland can be traced to the urge for self-reliance, felt by independentIndia. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister persuaded Mr. Raghunandan Saran,an industrialist, to enter automotive manufacture. In 1948, Ashok Motors was set up in what wasthen Madras, for the assembly of Austin Cars. The Company's destiny and name changed soonwith equity participation by British Leyland and Ashok Leyland commenced manufacture ofcommercial vehicles in 1955.The mother plant,in Chennai was set up in 1948. It has nearly ten huge shop floors.
Ashok Leyland has seven manufacturing plants - the mother plant at Ennore near Chennai,three plants at Hosur (called Hosur I and Hosur II, along with a Press shop), the assemblyplants at Alwar, Bhandara and state-of-the-art facility at Pantnagar. The total covered space atthese seven plants exceeds 6,50,000 sq m and together employ over 11,500 personnel.
Products are supplied to both governmental and non governmental sectors.
Products include Buses, Trucks, Engines, Defence and special vehicles.
The Ennore plant manufactures on an average close to 10,000 vehicles per month.
80% of the MTC buses are supplied by Ashok Leyland.