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Toyota differs with M&M, says no need to delay BS-VI roll out

As per government direction, all new vehicles sold or registered in the country must meet BS-VI regulations from April 1. While some automakers like Toyota Kirloskar have already shifted their production to BS-VI, others are in the transition period.

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Last Updated: Feb 14, 2020, 09.08 AM IST
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Toyota Kirloskar Motor isn’t in favour of pushing back the deadline to introduce new emission standards, a top executive said.
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Bengaluru: Toyota Kirloskar Motor isn’t in favour of pushing back the deadline to introduce new emission standards, a top executive said, even as rival Mahindra & Mahindra is mulling making such a request to the government, citing likely disruption to supply chain following the Covid-19 outbreak in China.

Mahindra managing director Pawan Goenka said on Tuesday that the temporary shutdown of component-making units in China due to the epidemic might delay delivery of Bharat Stage-VI vehicles. “If markets don’t open in a few days, then it will be a challenge to deliver BS-VI vehicles on time,” Goenka was quoted as saying. He also said the company might seek an extension to the April 1 deadline once clarity emerged on the supply situation.

Shekar Viswanathan, the vice chairman of the local unit of Japan’s Toyota Motor, said on Thursday that it was not in favour of delaying the roll out. The company, which operates two plants at its 432-acre facility on the outskirts of Bengaluru, has discontinued with BS-IV vehicles from the end of January, and has switched to making only BS-VI vehicles.

As per government direction, all new vehicles sold or registered in the country must meet BS-VI regulations from April 1. While some automakers like Toyota Kirloskar have already shifted their production to BS-VI, others are in the transition period.

The auto industry should be concerned about rising pollution levels in the country and back initiatives to bring these down, Viswanathan told ET. “Use of BS-VI fuel will help in bringing down the pollution levels. Therefore, there should be no question of the auto industry asking any regulatory authority or the government for the postponement of BS-VI norms,” he said.

“It is important that every member of the auto industry invest in local component units or step up local sourcing of components in true spirit of Make in India. We cannot expect India to relax its policies based on the local conditions in the sourcing country,” Viswanathan said, and added that supply disruptions in another country should not influence India’s policies, particularly those affecting air quality.

The Centre is firm that the auto industry must adopt the stringent BS VI standards from April 1. Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar has said introduction of the BS-VI rules was a revolutionary step in the transformation of fuels. Oil marketing companies are said to be in a state of readiness to sell BS-VI petrol and diesel, industry insiders said.

According to the Japanese automaker, it is ahead of the regulatory deadline to begin sales of only BS-VI vehicles from April 1. “Our manufacturing plant has already transitioned to a 100% production of BS-VI vehicles and all our dispatches from plant became BS-VI from the end of January 2020. We have sold over 25,000 units of BS-VI vehicles to our dealers till date,” the vice chairman said.

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