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Supreme Court extends Delhi diesel ban until next hearing

 
Delhi Diesel ban extended

The extension prompts car makers to either come up with petrol hybrid variants or downsized diesel engines.

Going against the hopes of Indian auto industry, especially the ones who have big engined diesel models in their portfolio, the Supreme Court has extended the Delhi diesel ban until the next hearing. The ban prevents registration of diesel vehicles with engine displacement of over 2,000 cc in the NCR.

The interim ruling initially had a validity of 90 days which ended yesterday but based on the results, the SC was to decide on whether to extend it or not. The extension of the ban would affect sales of several automakers, especially Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar Land Rover, etc., whose top sellers have big displacement diesel engines.

Mahindra XUV500 front

Mahindra introduced a 1.99L mHawk diesel engine in the Scorpio and XUV500 models for the NCR region.

Within the few weeks of the ban, Mahindra & Mahindra came up with a 1.99L mHawk diesel engine for its Scorpio and XUV500 to circumvent the SC ruling. Now that the ban is still on, we expect more affected car makers to resort to this route.

Not all automakers are disappointed with the apex court’s move. Volvo Cars India whose portfolio is full of sub-2.0L diesel cars has nothing to complain about. Reacting to the extension, Tom von Bonsdorff, Managing Director, Volvo Auto India said:

At Volvo Cars, we always aim to provide the most efficient and environment-friendly cars across the world. All our models, including ones available in India, comply with the most stringent global emission norms which is the EURO 6 standard. From the entry-level V40 to the latest 7-seater Luxury SUV XC90 is available in India under 2L engines, In fact, the XC90 is the only full-sized Luxury SUV that is available in sub 2L engine.

Volvo XC90 Excellence T8 petrol hybrid India launch

The extension is good for Volvo as all cars in its portfolio, including the XC90, have sub-2.0L diesel engines.

When the SC came up with the ban in December 2015, Automakers argued that diesel cars are not the leading pollutants but apparently the argument was not convincing enough.

Volvo XC90 – Photos

 

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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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