Earlier in December, Court of India took a stand against big diesel cars, ban on diesel vehicle over 2000 cc registration in New Delhi till March 31. The stand was taken in order to any further increase in the pollution level in the city. With the apex court banning, the auto industry was not too pleased with the decision and they argued that diesel cars contribute very less to the overall air pollution.
In fact, the industry experts reasoned that it will just give rise to the sales of petrol cars, leading to further degrading of air quality as petrol cars emit more CO2 than diesel cars. The adverse impact of the banning came on for numerous automakers, not to forget, homegrown car maker and India’s largest SUV manufacturer, Mahindra & Mahindra, but the brand with its strategies implying introduced a smaller 1.9-litre engine versions of its popular SUVs Scorpio and XUV500 for NCR market.
Toyota Kirloskar Motors too came under this banning and hugely impacted, as two of its best selling models, the Innova and the SUV Fortuner, both came under it. Luxury brands like BMW, Jaguar, and moreover, Mercedes-Benz, where all the models of the brand incorporate diesel engines above 2000cc.
The automakers and the dealerships in the Delhi-NCR region are hoping that the Diesel ban above 2000 cc will be lifted and their business will be back to normal. And today, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the plea of the diesel taxi owners, seeking extension of time to convert diesel cars into CNG mode.