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Lockdown: More than 40 diesel vehicles to discontinue from April 1, Dealers worry about BS4

New Delhi: New emission standards are going in India from 1 April 2020, due to which more than 40 diesel models will be removed from the market. Because companies are focusing more on petrol, CNG and electric models these days. However, India is currently in the grip of a coronovirus epidemic. At the same time, some experts told the Times of India that there is an atmosphere of lockdown across the country and in such a situation it is impossible to eliminate BS4 stock before the deadline of 31 March.

Companies and dealers have already filed a petition to extend the deadline to sell the BS4 model. At the same time, SC allowed companies and dealers to sell only 10 percent of the stock.

Many automobile companies had decided to phaseout diesel variants from their line-up. These include the diesel model of Maruti’s mini SUV Brezza, the entry-level sedan Dzire, Reno’s Duster, Skoda’s Octavia, Maruti’s Swift, Volkswagen’s Polo and Audi’s Q3 and Q5 SUV.

Shashank Srivastava, marketing and sales director at Maruti, said, “A total of 86 diesel models are currently available in the country for sale, out of which 42 will be discontinued. These 42 include a total of seven models of Maruti. It is said that the demand for the diesel model has reduced in the market now, as the price difference between petrol and diesel has decreased considerably in the last few years. Talking to a Hindi website Tee companies also reported that diesel cars generally have a life span of 10 years while petrol cars have a life span of 15 years in markets such as Delhi NCR, leading customers to choose petrol models.

Maruti chairman RC Bhargava said, ‘Upgrading diesel engines to BS6 standards in small cars costs a lot. Due to which, there will be a significant impact on their price. Let me tell you, Maruti is the first company to announce the exit from the diesel segment. It is only after this that Reno Nissan, Volkswagen, Skoda and Audi have all announced. However currently Hyundai, Kia Motors, Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, Toyota, Ford and Mercedes-Benz are still involved with the diesel models.

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