Autocar reports that Maruti Suzuki will cease the production of BSIV compliant vehicles from January 2020. This is in accordance with an earlier report that stated that the country's largest selling carmaker (market share in November 2018 - 54.6%) would roll out BSVI-compliant vehicles 3-4 months before the 1 April 2020 deadline.
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Speaking to media in New Delhi, RC Bhargava, chairman, Maruti Suzuki India, is reported to have said -
The production of our BS-IV vehicles will largely culminate by end of December 2019. These will be models which will by-and-large get converted to BS-VI by December 2019. As a result, we will only manufacture BS-VI cars from January 2020, but will produce BS-IV models only if there is a strong demand for any particular model, but that number will be very less. There will be just one model which we will not be able to be convert to BS-VI by December 2019 and it will be spilled over to the next calendar; but we are trying to expedite that as well.
An early adaption to the new emission norms should help the company clear the BSIV vehicle stock much ahead of the 1 April deadline without special discounts.
Other than attaining compliance to BSVI emission norms, from October 2019, all existing models will have to comply with the updated safety standards set under Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP). Due to these forthcoming updates, several slow-selling or antiquated models, for which the manufacturer would deem it unfeasible to upgrade, will be taken off the shelves.
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From Maruti Suzuki's portfolio, the Omni and the Gypsy, both of which were introduced over three decades ago, will go out of production.
[Source - autocarindia.com]