BMW India To Offer Petrol Variants For All Its Cars

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BMW India launched the fourth model of Mini Clubman and the company is planning to introduce petrol variants for all its models by next year.

"We are working towards having petrol variants for all our models by next year. As of now, we have only limited petrol models. We offer petrol models in the 3 & 5 Series and also in the X3 & X5 Series," BMW India Acting President Frank Emanuel Schloeder said in Mumbai.

After launching the MINI Clubman, Schloeder didn't reveal any further details about the petrol lineup but he said the company will have to have a second assembly line with this plan. For this, BMW is sourcing engines from Force Motors now.

He also said that the company won't manufacturer the Mini locally, saying the pie is so small that it can't be commercially viable. Currently, at its Chennai facility, its assembles eight models.

Along with BMW, other luxury carmakers including Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover were hit badly after the Supreme Court decided to ban all above 2-litre diesel models in Delhi/NCR last year.

The ban was lifted by the Supreme Court in August after the manufacturers agreed to pay 1 percent green cess in a special account.

Even though the luxury car market is set for a decline this year, Schloeder says BMW's sales have been clocking over 20 percent till November as the not ban has hit its sales.

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