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Maruti Suzuki will stop selling diesel cars in India from 1 April 2020

Maruti Suzuki will stop selling diesel cars in India from 1 April 2020

Maruti made a big announcement on Thursday. Maruti says that it is shutting down production of diesel cars from next year. New BS-6 standards are to be implemented from next year, but before that, Maruti will stop production of diesel cars.

Maruti Suzuki announced the results of the fourth quarter of 2018-19 on Thursday said that it will stop manufacturing diesel cars from April 1, 2020, next year. Maruti's chairperson RC Bhargava told the news agency PTI that it will not provide diesel engines in cars below 1500 cc. He said that there is no future of diesel engine in cars below 1500 cc engine.

Although Bhargava definitely said that if there is a demand in this segment, then Maruti will continue to produce diesel engines. Maruti sells 450,000 diesel cars every year, which is 30 per cent of its annual sales. It is believed that Maruti will focus on petrol and CNG cars instead of diesel cars. Maruti will launch some new models with CNG variant.

Maruti has sold 17.35 lakh cars by March 31 this year with a growth of 6.1 per cent. Out of this 17.29 lakh, were passenger vehicles. At the same time, Maruti has recently launched its entry-level hatchback car Alto and premium hatchback Baleno with the BS-6 engine. Although the Indian emission standard for vehicles is to be implemented from April next year, before that, Maruti wants to launch its cars with the BS-6 engine. In addition, soon Maruti Swift and DZire will be launched with BS-6 engines.

Earlier it was reported in January that after the implementation of BS-6 norms, the diesel engine prices will also increase by Rs 1 to 2 lakh rupees. Which will have a direct impact on car prices. Maruti has been known to give Value for Money to its customers since the beginning. At the same time, the company does not want to compromise with its quality due to the introduction of BS-6. Earlier, there was news that Maruti had asked its dealers to take the license of CNG dispensing stations under their phase-out plan.

At the same time, Tata Motors can take big steps soon with diesel locomotives. Tata Motors can shut diesel engines in some of its cars. Tata's move comes after the announcement of Maruti and Mahindra, in which both car companies had said that in the coming day's diesel engines can be shut down in small cars. But unlike Maruti Suzuki, India's second largest SUV manufacturer, Mahindra & Mahindra, will continue to offer diesel engines because the company believes that the demand for diesel engines in large SUV models is still intact.

One reason for shutting down the engine is that car companies are considering this strategy due to the way the prices of petrol and diesel are decreasing. Earlier, on January 1, 2018, petrol was 17.2% more expensive than diesel, but now the gap reduced to only 7.1%.

One of the reasons for the shutting down of Maruti's diesel engine in small cars is that Fiat, which supplies 1.3 litres of diesel engines to Maruti, has already informed Maruti that after the implementation of BS-6 after March 31, 2020, It will not be able to supply the 1.3-litre diesel engine. Fiat says that it will cost a lot of upkeep. This engine is given in many models of Maruti Swift, Artiga, Baleno, S-Cross and Ciaz. At the same time, Maruti is now bringing its 1.5-litre diesel engine, which will be according to BA-6 standards.   

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