Maruti Suzuki's BS-VI diesel strategy depends on customer acceptability

As we had reported beforehand, Maruti Suzuki will stop selling diesel vehicles in the Indian market before April 1, 2020, a day earlier than the Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) emission norm are set to start. Whereas firm chairman R C Bhargava reiterated this level, he additionally stated Maruti Suzuki diesels should be out there available in the market, offered a good variety of clients go for the gasoline, and at a value that features the price influence of upgrading to BS-VI know-how.

“It (Maruti Suzuki’s presence within the diesel phase) will rely on buyer acceptability. It is going to be the shopper's selection, not the OEM's selection," Bhargava advised our sister publication, Autocar Skilled. All of Maruti Suzuki's diesel fashions, barring the Ciaz, are powered by an FCA-sourced 1.Three-litre diesel engine. The Ciaz midsize sedan was the primary Maruti automobile to get the in-house-developed 1.5-litre diesel engine. This engine will make a comeback within the BS-VI period if clients approve of the cleaner however costlier BS-VI model.   

In FY2018-19, all diesel variants of Maruti Suzuki fashions collectively contributed near a fourth of the OEM's complete gross sales. For the trade, it will be a bit of extra. Wouldn't or not it’s a danger to completely exit the diesel phase? Bhargava doesn't suppose so. He says, “Eight years in the past, we (Maruti Suzuki) have been a petrol-only carmaker. The market shift in the direction of diesel pressured us to enter the diesel phase.”

Now, the reverse international pattern and the know-how value influence affecting affordability within the mainstream market don’t make a compelling cause to have a presence within the diesel phase. Nevertheless, Maruti Suzuki will export diesel autos in markets which have emission norms which can be BS-IV equal or decrease. “We are going to export to markets the place there aren’t any authorized hurdles,” says Bhargava.

Tremendous Carry solely in CNG and petrol from April 2020

Within the business car area, it’s the same story for Maruti Suzuki. Bhargava confirmed that his firm's sole business car – the Tremendous Carry – will stop to have a diesel choice. From April 1, 2020, the small truck shall be out there solely in CNG and petrol variations.

Together with all these BS-VI-related developments, Maruti Suzuki can also be busy getting ready its electrical mobility technique. Its first electric vehicle, the Wagon R EV, is slated to hit the roads subsequent yr.

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