Vijaykumar Viswanathan

Head of Suspensions and Steering 
Ashok Leyland

V Vijaykumar is the Head of Suspensions and Steering at Ashok Leyland. As the leader of these aggregates, he conceives, designs and delivers state-of-art suspensions and steering systems for all AL buses and trucks, including electric vehicles. Currently, he has been entrusted with a more enhanced portfolio that adds commercial vehicle chassis systems to his existing responsibilities. For over two decades, Vijaykumar has served in the CV industry, starting as a graduate engineering trainee at TVS Wheels India, where he mastered the underpinnings of automotive suspension systems. Vijay is currently pursuing master’s degree in mechanical engineering with focus on suspension kinematics. Previously, he completed bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore. He did Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at Thiagarajar Polytechnic Salem, where he topped at the Tamil Nadu state level. Vijay is an authority on conceptual design and processes such as TQM, IATF16949, etc.  He is a much sought-after speaker in technical forums, mostly on topics related to fundamentals of automotive engineering, with in-depth focus on steering and suspension systems. At a personal level, Vijay is a fitness freak who regularly goes for long and brisk walks slightly before the crack of dawn when the sun is just about to wake-up to the shrill chirps and tweets of colorful birds.