New models have to be compliant to Euro VI norms on April 1, 2020. For old models, the international practice is to allow a phase –in period during which old models conform to the new standards.
“We have not been given a phase-in and we are also going to be burdened with downgraded fuel,” fumes SIAM’s Mathur. The auto companies are insisting on a phase-in for old models. The task can be enormous indeed. Maruti Suzuki alone has 15 models of cars and around 60 variants.
“The issue also is of the cost of vehicles,” points out Malhotra. Conforming to the new standards is expected to lead to increased cost of vehicles which may adversely impact sales. Gasoline vehicles may be costlier by ₹ 20,000 or so and diesel ones by ₹ 1 lakh to customers.
Mathur insists that they have never used commercial grounds to shore up their stand, not now, not in the past. As stated by Raman of Maruti Suzuki, their only grouse is the lack of time to validate their products with the new norms being rushed in like this and, of course, fuel issues; its non- availability before the deadline so that validation can happen on commercially available fuel and not with