Pinnacle will design, develop, and manufacture the seating and interior of Cityflo’s new proprietary bus. Cityflo aims to add 1,500 such new buses which will service 1 Lakh customers in the next 2 years.
Pinnacle Industries, an automotive seating, interiors, and speciality vehicles company, has announced partnering with Mumbai-based app-based shuttle service – Cityflo, for the latter’s new bus. Under this collaboration, Pinnacle will design, develop, and manufacture the seating and interior of Cityflo’s new proprietary bus. The company claims that this new bus will be the first of its kind in the country, built specifically for urban Indian commuters. Cityflo aims to add 1,500 such new buses which will service 1 Lakh customers in the next 2 years.
Talking about the partnership, Arihant Mehta, President, Pinnacle Industries Limited, said, “This collaboration strengthens our goal of positioning Pinnacle Industries as the leader in the commercial mobility space. I am confident that both Pinnacle and Cityflo will provide much more enhanced transportation for Indian roads.”
Pinnacle Industries worked on the design, development and manufacturing of seats, interior trims panels, luggage racks, driver partitions/magazine holders, umbrella holders, roof, flooring and ambience lighting for the new, proprietary bus. The company says that the entire process of designing and manufacturing the cabin for the Cityflo bus took almost 2 years to complete. The company used a Bharat Benz chassis as a base for the new bus, and completely redesigned and converted the cabin to suit the requirements of Cityflo customers.
Speaking on the collaboration, Vipin Joe, Creative Head, Cityflo said, “Our partnership with Pinnacle Industries was instrumental in designing a customer experience that was truly unique to the Cityflo customer. With their expertise in developing automotive interiors and seating systems, Pinnacle provided us with the best resources in designing, prototyping, and manufacturing based on our brief. Our collaboration with them carries on as we continue to test and improve our interiors.”
While the company is yet to reveal this new bus, Pinnacle says that it has worked on several aspects before arriving at the final seat form. These include new ergonomic seats with adjustable neck rest with memory foam cushions, stiff lumbar support, individual charging ports per passenger, a centre armrest between seats and an intuitive reclining and seat sliding mechanism for better comfort. The overhead luggage rack has also been redesigned to increase headroom and enhance the perceived volume in the bus, while a premium colour palette, sturdier materials, and ambient lighting have been added for better touch and feel.