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Maruti Suzuki is all set to upgrade all models in its product portfolio to prepare for the upcoming BS-Vi emission norms. The Supreme court of India has fixed April 1, 2020 as the deadline for all manufacturers to switch to stricter BS-VI emissions norms and this deadline is pushing car manufacturers hard.
In 2016, the central Government had announced that India would make the direct transition from BS-IV to BS-VI, skipping BS-V in the process.
According to the directive from the government, automotive manufacturers had to stop the manufacture of BS-IV vehicles from March 31 and manufacture only BS-VI vehicles from April 1, 2020. The government allowed a transition period of three months after the deadline.
However, according to a recent development, the three months transition period has been revoked. Hence, all vehicles sold from April 01, 2020 will be BS-VI models only.
Maruti Suzuki is the largest car manufacturer in India in terms of sales figures, manufacturing capacity and even the number of vehicles on sale.
Maruti Suzuki currently has 15 models in its portfolio and none of these models are even close to the end of its product life. This only means that the existing range of models need to upgraded in order to meet the stringent BS-VI emission norms.
Maruti Suzuki is firing all guns to get to the BS-VI-ready stage even before the deadline. The auto giant has hired more employees to work at its research and development centres. The company is said to have been working overtime to make all of its products cleaner and greener.
Maruti Suzuki also has a few more models under development and these models will also have to be configured to the BS-VI emission norms before they are launched in India. The company has also approached its suppliers to allow for quicker supply of parts.
Thoughts On Maruti Suzuki Upgrading Its Models To BS-VI Standards
The road to cleaner and greener modes of transport is becoming wider and shorter by the day. We are inching closer to the goal of reducing emissions and implementation of BS-VI will play a large role in it. Maruti Suzuki is one of the largest car manufacturers in India and this places a huge responsibility on its shoulders.