Auto industry unhappy about SC's ban on diesel vehicles, says decision 'isn't optimal'
The auto industry reacted with disappointment at the Supreme Court's order to ban registration of diesel SUVs and cars with engines above 2,000 cc, in Delhi and NCR till 31 March, 2016, and called for a comprehensive view of various factors that cause pollution.
New Delhi: The auto industry on Wednesday reacted with disappointment at the Supreme Court's order to ban registration of diesel SUVs and cars with engines above 2,000 cc, in Delhi and NCR till 31 March, 2016, saying the decision "isn't optimal".
The industry players also called for a comprehensive view of various factors causing pollution to deal with the problem.
"So, even if we believe the decision on diesel vehicles isn't optimal, we'll honour it and develop vehicles that comply with their stipulations," Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra tweeted.
He said: "I have always believed that the Supreme Court is an institution that sustains our faith in social justice and democracy in India."
Sharing similar views, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Vice-Chairman Vikram Kirloskar said: "There are various sources of pollution which can be measured using a scientific source apportionment study.
"To improve the air quality from vehicle point of view we must take a comprehensive view of various factors causing pollution."
The worst hit by the Supreme Court order are German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz and Tata Motors-owned JLR as their entire diesel model range is powered by engines above 2,000 cc.
Mercedes-Benz sells a total of 24 models in India starting with the A-Class, priced at Rs 27.5 lakh, going up to Rs 2.7 crore for the S63 AMG coupe (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
Tata Motors-owned JLR's Jaguar line up ranges from the Jaguar XF price starting at Rs 47.67 lakh to Jaguar F-Type which is tagged at Rs 1.88 crore (ex-showroom Delhi).
The Land Rover vehicle models start from the Range Rover Evoque to the top end Range Rover priced between Rs 50.5 lakh and Rs 3.93 crore (ex-showroom Delhi).
Delhi, along with Mumbai, is the largest market for luxury vehicles in India.
According to industry estimates, the capital city accounts for about 20 percent of total luxury vehicle sales in the country.
German luxury carmaker BMW is less affected as only six of its 20 models sold in India are impacted by the ban. These include the 5 Series 530D, 6 Series 640D and X640D. BMW's model range in India includes hatchback 1 series, sedans 3, 5, 6 and 7 Series, along with SUVs X1, X3, X5, sports car M Series and hybrid model i8, which are priced between Rs 29.9 lakh and Rs 2.29 crore (ex-showroom Delhi).
Rival Audi is the least affected as only two of its models — SUV Q7 and sedan A8 — come under the ban. The company has a total of 13 models in India, starting with the A3 priced at Rs 25.5 lakh, going up to sports car R8LMX which is tagged at Rs 2.97 crore (ex-showroom Delhi).
Homegrown utility vehicles major Mahindra & Mahindra will also be hit hard by the ban as its popular models, including the XUV500, Scorpio, Xylo and Bolero, have engines above 2000 cc. These vehicles are priced in the range of Rs 6.6 lakh to Rs 17.36 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) will also be hit as two of its best selling models, multi-purpose vehicle Innova and SUV Fortuner are affected. These are priced between Rs 10.47 lakh and Rs 27.02 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Tata Motors' utility vehicle Sumo Gold, SUV Safari and MPV Aria are also affected by the order. These models are priced between Rs 6.52 lakh and Rs 15.52 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
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