The Supreme Court extended ban on registration of diesel vehicles with engine capacity of 2000cc and above to continue in Delhi and NCR, and also indicated on imposing a one-time cess on their purchase in a bid to clean up pollution in Delhi. The apex court reviewed the plea and released an order that the ban will continue till the next review on April 9, 2016. The court will decide on the next reviewing date, whether the ban registration of diesel vehicles should continue or not.
Though, this decision made a letdown situation for the car manufacturers, who were quite hopeful for a positive response. Still, the Supreme Court has granted additional time limit of one month for private taxi drivers in Delhi NCR to convert their cars from diesel to CNG. Due to the diesel banning, the last three months were really hard on the automakers manufacturing vehicles powered by 2000cc and above diesel engines.
Companies like Mahindra and Mahindra, which is India’s leading SUV manufacturer, Toyota with two of its best selling products, the Innova and the SUV Fortuner, Tata, etc., and luxury brand like Mercedes-Benz, who’s every model sport 2000 cc above diesel engine in the country, Jaguar, BMW, Volvo and many more. Though, Mahindra and Mahindra with its strategy of introduced 1.99-litre diesel engine powering the Scorpio and XUV500, which is specific in Delhi.
Commenting on this, Tom von Bonsdorff, Managing Director, Volvo Auto India said, “At Volvo Cars, we always aim to provide the most efficient and environment friendly cars across the world. All our models, including ones available in India, comply with the most stringent global emission norms which is the EURO 6 standard. From the entry level V40 to the latest 7-seater Luxury SUV XC90 is available in India under 2L engines, In fact the XC90 is the only full-sized Luxury SUV that is available in sub 2L engine. We have taken the lead to further clean the air inside by having a state-of-the-art CleanZone Air filer technology that restricts harmful PM2.5 & PM10 from entering our car’s cabins and outside our vehicles by installing Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) which again reduces emission of PM2.5 & PM10 by upto 99%. Volvo Cars was the first car company to make DPF standard across the diesel offerings way back in 2007.