Maruti Suzuki India Ltd – the country’s largest passenger vehicle manufacture – has managed to dispatch 2 lakh vehicles with Bharat Stage 6 emission norms compliant engines, six months before the new emission norms are expected to come into effect, a company press release said today. As of now, Maruti boasts of eight products in its portfolio which adhere to the new standards. India will adopt the Bharat Stage 6 norms on April 1, 2020.
Maruti’s first product to get the BS 6 compliant engine was the popular premium hatchback Baleno, followed by an upgraded version of Alto, India’s most popular hatchback. The company’s two new products – XL 6 and S-Presso – have also been launched with the upgraded petrol engine.
“We thank customers who have opted for our BS 6 range of vehicles. We believe that mass adoption is one of the most important factors for success of any new technology. Offering eight BS 6 compliant petrol vehicles in the mass segment, much ahead of timeline, has helped us to reach this technology to a larger customer base," Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director and chief executive, Maruti Suzuki.
“Early introduction of the BS6 range represents our commitment to government of India’s vision for clean and green environment," added Ayukawa.
As the New Delhi-based company has to upgrade almost 11 models to the new emission standards, it began to launch vehicles with upgraded engines from June onwards. Barring Hyundai – country’s second largest vehicles manufacturer -- none of the manufacturers boasts of more than two offerings that has been upgraded to the new emission standards.
“The BS6 compliant petrol vehicles will lead to a substantial reduction of nearly 25% in Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions. The BS 6 compliant petrol vehicles can run on BS 4 petrol also. The BS6 petrol cars from Maruti Suzuki have been extensively tested with BS 4 fuel and there is no operational concern," the company said in the release.