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Mercedes Benz India ready to pay environmental cess of 1%

 
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The Supreme Court is set to hear Mercedes Benz plea against diesel vehicle ban on August 12.

Mercedes Benz India, the No 1 luxury car maker in the country has sought Supreme Court intervention into the diesel vehicle ban issue. The German car brand has stated that they are ready to pay environment cess of 1 percent on each of their diesel cars being sold in the banned region.

This move comes from the German automaker on Monday while hearing is scheduled for August 12 2016. NGT has banned the sale of diesel cars with engine larger than 2,000 cc in some Indian cities. This has affected Mercedes Benz India to a large extent as a majority of their cars are powered by diesel engine larger than 2,000 cc.

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In order to be future ready, Mercedes Benz has also indicated that the company will be launching more petrol versions of all its models sold in India.

Diesel ban has affected Mercedes Benz and Toyota the most in India. The ban was introduced in December 2015 and was initially for a period of three months but was subsequently extended with no deadline announced.

Various automakers have sought legal recourse to relax this ban. The Supreme Court is yet to decide on this appeal. In the meantime, the Environment Pollution Authority for the National Capital Region has recommended a steep cess of 20-22 percent on diesel vehicles which the automakers are also appealing against.

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