With the Bharat Stage Six (BS-VI) emission norms to be implemented from April 1, 2020, Maruti Suzuki has confirmed that they will roll out BS-VI compliant models, starting January 2020.
RC Bhargava, chairman, Maruti Suzuki, said that, the company is ready to comply with the upcoming stringent emission norms. He further stated that Maruti Suzuki will roll out BS-VI compliant models in the country, three to four months ahead of the given deadline.
Bhargava also said that the company is confident that they would be able to exhaust their BS-IV inventory, well ahead of the deadline. This translates to the company selling BS-VI compliant vehicles from the start of 2020.
In a move to place the public health higher than the profit of automobile manufactures, the Supreme Court of India recently upheld the decision to stop the sale of BS-IV vehicles by 31st March 2020. They also announced the sales of the BS-VI vehicles will start from April 1st 2020. Apart from the emission norms, all vehicles will also come with new safety regulations. This will include car companies reworking their entire lineup, to make their vehicles structurally more safer.
Apart from Maruti Suzuki, Honda Cars India has also confirmed that the company will roll out BS-VI vehicles four months ahead of the deadline as well. The introduction of the stringent emission norms will have a bigger effect on the diesel engines. The diesel cars will have to be fitted with a particulate filter, a catalyst reductor and an exhaust treatment system as well.
The move from BS-IV to BS-VI was first proposed by the government in 2016. The court thoughhas allowed a grace period until June 30th and September 30th for four-wheelers and heavy-transport vehicles, respectively to make the move towards the more ‘cleaner and efficient’ engines.
The rapid shift from BS-IV to BS-VI emission norms will prove to be quite a challenge for both automobile companies as well as petroleum industries. With car companies shifting towards theproduction of more efficient engines, petroleum industries will also have to work towards introducing cleaner fuels. Drivespark