Suzuki will have to abandon diesel engines in IndiaMay 6, 2019
Due to new environmental regulations in the Indian market (similar to Euro-6), many manufacturers will have to abandon diesel engines. The local budget segment will not allow companies to use modern technology to reduce emissions.
The adoption in India of new rules for the environmental performance of cars similar to European standards will lead to the fact that the local market leader Suzuki will be forced to abandon diesel engines from 2020. Top manager Maruti Suzuki confirmed that sales of cars with diesel engines will stop from April 2020.
“If we find that there is a market for diesel cars [after the new emission rules take effect], we will release a new engine within a reasonable time.” – said a company representative.
In order for India to fulfill its obligations under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and improve air quality in its major cities, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2016 decided to switch from the current emission regulations in Bharat from Stage IV directly to Stage VI.
The new standards provide for a reduction in particulate emissions by 80%, and a reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by almost 70%. Gasoline engines will receive minor improvements and a small increase in prices.
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