Indian emission norms adopt European standards but lag behind by several years. Save for the top 14 cities which have a slightly stricter emission norms, rest of the country is employing BS-III, an emission standard which is equivalent to the European standard back in 2005.
In other words, the current emission standard in India is far less stringent than what is adopted in the US and Europe, but still, the Indian government found VW to be violating the standards. The fact that VW diesel cars failed to meet decade old norms indicate how badly the German automaker has neglected its responsibility to safeguard the environment.
The NOx limit in India is 0.5 g/km (0.18 g/km in top 14 cities that adopt BS-IV norms) which is equivalent to Europe’s limit 10 years ago. Currently, EU enforces a strict NOx limit of 0.08 g/km. So the dieselgate recall in India comes as a surprise for developed markets and it amplifies the level of wrong doing on VW’s part.
Over 3.2 lakh cars belonging to VW, Skoda and Audi brands are affected in country and VW India has proposed a technical solution to ARAI. Once ARAI approves the solution, the affected cars with EA189 series diesel engines will be fixed in a phased manner without any cost to the customers.
Volkswagen Tiguan (India-bound) – Photos
Via – Roadandtrack.com