After the Supreme court`s order that no BS-IV cars can be sold in the country after 2020, April 1, India`s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki said that it needs to plan well in advance to discontinue and stop production of existing BS-IV engines.
Auto manufacturers as well as OEMs are trying to figure out how they can meet the deadline as India is shifting towards BS-VI emission norms by 2020.
Speaking to a media gathering in New Delhi, RC Bhargava, chairman, Maruti Suzuki India, said, “The production of our BS-IV vehicles will largely culminate by end of December 2019. These will be models which will by-and-large get converted to BS-VI by December 2019. As a result, we will only manufacture BS-VI cars from January 2020 but will produce BS-IV models only if there is a strong demand for any particular model, but that number will be very less.”
“There will be just one model which we will not be able to be convert to BS-VI by December 2019 and it will be spilled over to the next calendar; but we are trying to expedite that as well,” Bhargava added.
Chairman of Maruti Suzuki. Bhargava said that BS-VI will pose a problem for diesel vehicles as a BS-VI diesel vehicle will cost approximately 2,50,000 more than its petrol counterpart. He also explained that it is the end customer who must decide if he wants to purchase a petrol car or go for a diesel variant.
“Also, by that time, we will start equipping the BS-VI petrol cars with strong-hybrid systems by leveraging our Suzuki-Toyota agreement, which will serve to improve the fuel-efficiency performance of a vehicle by up to 30 percent, and will help us meet our CAFE targets,” Bhargava said.
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