Naren Karunakaran

The Economic Times - - Deep Dive -

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

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