Maruti is the leading car manufacturer in India. Earlier this year, they started with updating their petrol cars to BS6 emission norms. Now in record time of just 6 months, their BS6 car sales have crossed 2 lakh units – highest for any car brand in the country.
Maruti Suzuki cars on offer are – Alto 800, Baleno, WagonR (1.2 L), Swift, Dzire, Ertiga and the recently launched XL6 and S-Presso. All of these are petrol engine powered cars. Maruti is not going to update their diesel engine cars to BS6, as it will be increasing cost.
Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said, “We thank customers who have opted for our BS6 range of vehicles. We believe that mass adoption is one of the most important factors for success of any new technology.”
“Offering eight BS6 compliant petrol vehicles in the mass segment, much ahead of timeline, has helped us to reach this technology to a larger customer base. Early introduction of the BS6 range represents our commitment to Government of India’s vision for clean and green environment.”
By end of Dec 2019, Maruti has said that they will stop manufacturing BS4 vehicles. This includes petrol as well as diesel cars. This is being done so as to not have extra stock of BS4 cars once the deadline arrives on 31st March 2019.
Govt will not register a single BS4 vehicle from 1st April 2020. Be it scooter, truck, motorcycle, car, bus, etc. Any vehicle with BS4 engine will not be registered by the RTO.
Other car brands are also launching BS6 engines. Just yesterday Hyundai launched the Elantra facelift with only petrol BS6 engine. They had also launched Grand i10 NIOS with BS6 petrol engine few weeks ago. Toyota has the Glanza BS6 on offer, Kia has Seltos diesel and petrol BS6 options while Jeep Compass Trailhawk is BS6 as well.
BS6 engines are far superior and refined when compared to BS4 engines. When comparing emission of harmful pollutants emitted by BS4 engine, with that of BS6 engine, there is a sharp reduction. Govt of India aims to reduce pollution levels in India’s major cities with the implementation of BS6 engine norms.