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Mercedes-Benz India worst hit luxury automaker in SC diesel ban – Full list of luxury cars banned

Mercedes-Benz affected by SC diesel ban in Delhi

Land Rover too is facing a sticky situation.

Mercedes-Benz India’s delight on becoming the no. 1 luxury car maker in the country for the 2015 calendar year may be short lived as the company is facing an interim ban on all of its diesel models from being sold in Delhi from January 2016 to next three months. On studying the effects of the ban on pollution in the region, the restriction could be extended beyond the three month period.

The Supreme Court decision on imposing a temporary ban on registration of new diesel vehicles with engines larger than 2.0-litre has been announced today. As far as the luxury brands are concerned, Mercedes-Benz India would be the worst affected due to this move since the smallest diesel engine it currently offers displaces 2.2-litre. Land Rover, with its entire lineup powered by diesel engines above 2.0-litre, is also in a sticky situation now.

2015 Volvo XC90 Photos

The SC diesel ban in Delhi doesn’t affect Volvo Cars India at all since all of its diesel cars are powered by diesel engines smaller than 2,000 cc.

While BMW and Audi will also feel the pinch, they have sizable number of diesel variants in their respective portfolios with engines displacing just under 2.0-litre. The two brands could use this situation to catch up with Mercedes Benz, who has come out on top in the sale race.

Interestingly, Volvo which is relatively a smaller market share holder in the segment could use this situation to leap ahead since none of its diesel vehicles is be caught up by the ban.

Also read – Mahindra worst affected automaker in SC diesel ban

It’s to be noted that almost all luxury automakers have viable compact diesel engines at their disposal but spending time and money on homologating them just for a specific region of the country (and that too for a temporary time period) doesn’t make sense financially.

List of diesel luxury cars banned in Delhi

Audi Q5 3.0L TDI
Audi Q7
Audi A8L

BMW 5 Series 3.0L 530d
BMW X3 xDrive 30d M Sport 3.0L
BMW 6 Series
BMW 7 Series

Jaguar XF
Jaguar XJ L

Land Rover Freelander 2
Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Land Rover Discovery
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Land Rover Range Rover LWB

Maserati Ghibli
Maserati Quattroporte

Mercedes Benz A Class
Mercedes Benz B Class
Mercedes Benz CLA Class
Mercedes Benz GLA Class
Mercedes Benz C Class
Mercedes Benz E Class
Mercedes Benz GLE Class
Mercedes Benz CLS Class
Mercedes Benz GL Class
Mercedes Benz S Class

Porsche Macan
Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Panamera

Supreme Court Judgement – 16/12/2015

2016 Mercedes A Class – Photos


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Nithyanandh Karuppaswamy

Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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