Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Thursday announced that it will not sell any diesel cars effective from next year. This move is forced by the fact that the BS-VI emission norms come into effect on April 1, 2020, and as it stands, Maruti Suzuki’s diesel engines will not be ready to meet the more stringent emission norms.
Maruti Chairman RC Bhargava said that effective from April 1, 2020 company will not sell diesel cars from its portfolio considering that there are no mass demand. Though MSI may consider selling diesel cars above 1500 CC. Notably, only recently launched Baleno falls under this category. He said, “Only 1500 CC diesel vehicle has a future. We will see if we need to produce diesel vehicles depending on market demand.”
The MSI chairman further said that BS VI and new safety regulations will have an impact on the company's books adding that manufacturer and dealers have to work together to keep prices stable and there is a good margin.
Bhargava said, “We will work out our production and ensure no BS IV vehicle is left before the due date. We will upgrade all 16 models by the due date,”
Currently, Maruti Suzuki has two diesel engine options in its range – the ubiquitous 1.3-litre, Fiat-sourced MultiJet engine, and its brand-new 1.5-litre, four-cylinder DDiS engine that debuted in the Ciaz. This announcement means that by April next year, there will no diesel variant of any Maruti Suzuki model.