Maruti Suzuki to cease production of BS-IV cars by December 2019
In light of the government decision to enforce BS-VI emission norms by April 2020, Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest carmaker will stop making BS-IV cars by the last week of December 2019.
The company also stated that prices of diesel BS-VI vehicles will be substantially higher than their petrol counterparts. The difference could be as much as Rs 2.5 lakhs. This makes the company expect less demand for diesel vehicles once the switch is made. It is possible that the company will provide hybrids/EVs to cater to the gap left in the market as a result of this, given that its partnership with Toyota will show results by then.
The company will continue to make BS IV cars after this date only if it sees sufficient demand and if it is actually possible to register these cars so close to the deadline.
In its bid to control pollution, the government has decided to skip BSV norms altogether.
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