Maruti Suzuki To Stop Selling Diesel Cars In India From April 2020

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The country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) today said it will phase out all diesel cars from its portfolio with effect from April 1, 2020. “From April 1, 2020 we will not be selling diesel cars,” MSI Chairman RC Bhargava said.

The company currently sells a range of diesel vehicles. Around 23 per cent of all units sold by the company in the domestic market currently are diesel cars.

The country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) had earlier said that it will continue to manufacture diesel cars that customers can afford, thus ruling out stopping the production of diesel cars completely.

The cars are set to get costlier with the upcoming BS-VI emission norms from April next year. The auto major currently sells various cars with diesel power trains, including S-Cross, Ciaz, Vitara Brezza, Dzire, Baleno, and Swift. While the bigger cars are likely to continue, the carmaker is expected to pull the plug on small diesel cars in its portfolio.

Bhargava said smaller diesel cars would become expensive and thus out of reach for entry-level customers. “The customers will not buy the smaller ones,” he said.