“We can bring Euro 6/BS6 compliant vehicles as early as April 2018 if the fuel is readily available and there is sufficient support from the Centre,” said Roland Folger, MD and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India. He was speaking at the launch of the German automaker’s My Mercedes-My Service in Bengaluru, yesterday.
The automaker said its buyers had been expressing uncertainty over the future of diesel cars in India due to the various controversies that have been associated with it recently. It added that the future of diesels in India lay in the introduction of Euro6/BS6 compliant diesel fuel. This would bring the emission levels between petrol and diesels vehicles to a similar level making it a fully acceptable option for its buyers.
The German automaker has been one of those who had been affected majorly by the diesel ban that came into effect in December 2015. The ban called for the stopping of the registration of new diesel vehicles that had engines above the capacity of 2000cc. The order was revisited recently but till date has not been lifted though the calls for it to be lifted have been growing stronger over the last few months.
New Delhi had announced at the end of February that India would leapfrog BS5 norms and go straight for BS6 norms with effect from April 2020.