Supreme Court of India made it clear that no BS-IV cars can be made or sold in India after April 1, 2020. This announcement was made in October 2017, since then, India’s own Maruti Suzuki India has said that it will require proper production planning well in advance to flush out existing BS-IV technology.
This is generation shift in the engine from using fuels of BS 4 stage to BS 6. It has been done to progress towards a greener future, by having stricter emission norms.
Maruti Suzuki will commence production of BS VI complaint cars from Jan 2020. This will be done post their scheduled plant maintenance which happens in the last week of December annually.
RC Bhargava, chairman, Maruti Suzuki India, has said that the production of BS-IV vehicles will largely culminate by end of December 2019. These will be models which will by-and-large get converted to BS-VI by December 2019. As a result, Maruti will only manufacture BS-VI cars from January 2020, but will produce BS-IV models only if there is a strong demand for any particular model, but that number will be very less.
He also mentioned that a BS 6 petrol engine can run on BS 4 fuel but the same is not applicable or possible in terms of the diesel engine.
“Also by that time, we will start equipping the BS-VI petrol cars with strong-hybrid systems by leveraging our Suzuki-Toyota agreement, which will serve to improve the fuel-efficiency performance of a vehicle by up to 30 percent, and will help us meet our CAFE targets,” Bhargava said.