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Maruti Suzuki: Over 70 per cent petrol vehicles sales from BSVI versions

Team OD  | Published: September 13, 2019, 12:30 PM IST

Maruti Suzuki's decision to introduce BSVI-compliant cars ahead of the April 2020 deadline has meant that over 70 per cent of all the petrol cars it sells currently meet the newest emission norms. The firm has been launching BSVI versions of its most popular models since April 2019.

It started with the launch of the BSVI compliant Baleno and Alto 800 in April 2019, followed by the launch of the BSVI WagonR (1.2L), Swift and Dzire. The Ertiga followed in July followed by its more upmarket twin, the XL6 in August. The firm currently has seven BSVI models on sale right now.

These models have greater significance for the carmaker given that it has said that it will concentrate only on petrol models, at least initially, in the BSVI era. There will be no diesel BSVI Marutis unless a viable business case can be made for them post-April 2020.

Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said, "As a responsible and environment-conscious brand, Maruti Suzuki is aligned with Government of India's vision to introduce BS6 compliant vehicles before April 2020. Seven of our top-selling models are BS6 compliant much before the deadline. We are committed to progressively upgrade our entire range of petrol cars to BS6 technology before stipulated timelines. The BS6 vehicles use Suzuki's proven technology that helps to substantially reduce the emissions thus contributing to a cleaner and greener environment." He added, "We extend our gratitude to our customers who are early adopters of environment-friendly BS6 technology in our vehicles."

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