Indian Automaker Wary Of Diesel Mills For Small Cars

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Automakers including Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, Toyota Motors and Honda Motors are rethinking its strategy in fitting diesel engines for small cars in India. Some of them have even dropped the plans of the diesel units for small cars.

The reason is attributed to the new regulations in regards to emission and the impending move to BS VI emission norms in 2020. The government's and several court orders which have hampered the sales of diesel cars has led to rethinking the automaker's strategy in the country.

Maruti Suzuki is reviewing the possibility of stopping the diesel unit in its 800cc car which is currently being used in Celerio. Toyota Motor has gone ahead and dropped the plan to fit its 1.5-litre GDI diesel engine on the upcoming Vios sedan in the country.

Tata Motors has put on hold its 1.2-litre and the 1.6-litre diesel engine plans making it the list of auto majors considering the plan to drop diesel units. Japanese automaker Honda who was late in bringing its diesel technology to its cars in India was studying the viability of a 1.2-litre diesel mill; however, the company has shelved the plans.

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