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All vehicles to have star rating by 2016 end

Snapshot: Ambiguity to end soon: Every manufactured and imported car that sells in India would carry a star rating by 2016 end for its mileage.

Purchasing vehicle is going to become a lot easier for you in few months from now, if you are someone who has mileage in the top of their priorities list. Even though car manufacturers conduct ARAI tests and publish mileage on websites and advertising material, it’s still not very apparent to the customer.

In about seven months from now car manufacturers and dealers would put tamper proof stickers mentioning star-ratings on the cars, showing fuel efficiency much like the refrigerators. The rating would be between one and five stars.

Road and Transport Ministry of India has issued a notice containing size and shape of the sticker that would be put on windows. According to sources this is being done to end confusion for customers and leave any scope of misleading by the dealers. Dual-fuel vehicles such as the ones which run on CNG or LPG would also carry such stickers.

Although this norm would be followed for all cars that can carry less than nine passengers (including driver), the FESR (fuel economy star rating) would not be put until some of the minor issues with all stakeholders are resolved. Therefore it would take somewhere about 6-7 more months.

The government would be using a formula for calculating the star rating which takes into account the fuel that the car uses to travel 100kms and the weight of the car. All vehicles that can travel 100kms in less than 7litres or less amount of fuel will get a five star rating while one star would be put on cars that consume 12 litres or more.

A deadline has also been put by the government for the implementation of the energy consumption standard. According to the standards, the automotive industry would need to ensure that the mileage of cars improves by 10% by 2021-22, while the second phase aims efficiency improvements by 30%. Auto manufacturers would need to pay suitable penalty in case of violation of these norms.

Source: TOI

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