Despite the furore over the diesel car bans in the NCR, Delhi, Toyota seems to be optimistic on the diesel car sales.
Toyota is investing Rs. 1,100 crore in a new diesel plant in Bengaluru, this will produce 1,08,000 units a year. So why is Toyota not worried about the diesel car bans in Delhi? Diesel cars have a lot of advantage when compared the petrol cars.
India will embrace the Bharat Stage VI emission norms by 2020, jumping directly from BS IV to BS VI. Stricter emission norms are expected from the government and engines will need to comply with the same. Toyota's new GD series diesel engine are superior in technology and currently complies with BS IV, and this can be upgraded easily to the BS V and even the BS VI.
The diesel engine is still better compared to petrol engine in terms of fuel efficiency and technology has helped leap in terms of development. What was once a sluggish engine is the most preferred currently. India's love for SUV has given birth to many new SUV either subcompact or compact or even the SUV, and most of the SUV are preferred to drive with the diesel engine format.
For Toyota, this diesel engine project is a high performance and of high technology and will create employment of 500 people and will reduce the cost of the car since this is manufactured locally in India.
Diesel cars might cost more than the petrol, however, there are some clear advantages as well, let us look at some of them:
- Fuel Economy
- Highway Driving
- Low-End Power
- Improved Towing
- Can Use Alternative Fuels - Hybrids