The Delhi diesel ban imposed by the Supreme Court has left several car makers including Mahindra & Mahindra shocked. According to the court order, sale of diesel vehicles with engine displacement of over 2.0-litre is banned in Delhi for a period of three months starting from January 2016.
The SC’s move has prompted Mahindra & Mahindra to refund the booking amounts paid by its prospective customers for the banned vehicles (XUV500, Scorpio and Xylo). In addition to it, the automaker is expected to give its unaffected models a marketing push in the region by introducing attractive offers. The Mahindra e2o, Verito/ Vibe and TUV300 will continue to be sold in Delhi. Mahindra will also launch the KUV100 mini crossover with a petrol engine option on January 15.
The Indian UV specialist would be arranging to clear the inventory of banned models from its Delhi dealerships. Apart from banning the bigger engined diesel cars, the SC ruling also proposed a one-time pollution tax on smaller engined diesel vehicles (less then 2.0-litre engine displacement). The movement of commercial vehicles within Delhi would also be heavily restricted or taxed.
Around 2% Mahindra’s overall sales come from Delhi. We expect more automakers to follow Mahindra in refunding the bookings amounts for the banned models.
Mahindra XUV500 facelift – Photos
Via – Overdrive.in