Automakers take up ‘BS-VI by 2020′ challenge


NEW DELHI: Major automobile manufacturers on Thursday assured the government that they will produce BS-VI fuel compliant vehicles of new models from April 2020, but demanded that the government unveil a scrapping policy to phase out old vehicles and ensure that there are no policy flip-flops in shifting the clean fuel timeline due to pressure from any quarter.

Over two dozen CEOs from the industry including Pawan Goenka, Vikram Kirloskar, Sumit Sawhney, Pawan Munjal and Rajiv Bajaj attended a meeting called by road transport minister Nitin Gadkari for roll out of BS-VI fuel complaint vehicles. The industry asked the government to give it some more time to produce existing models which will be compliant to BS-VI emission norms and also to ensure that the fuel is made available across the country.