Friday, April 24, 2020
By CarKhabri Team
Cars and SUVs Conditionally Discontinued After April 1, 2020
Although the government of India has already extended the deadline of selling the BS-IV vehicles before the implementation of selling the BS-VI compliant vehicles from April 1, 2020, due to the lockdown of the COVID-19 outbreak, some of the vehicles have been conditionally discontinued from the Indian car market.
Diesel Cars from Maruti Suzuki India Limited: The Indo-Japanese carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Limited has announced to discontinue the diesel cars from its portfolio and therefore it is now believed that the aspirants of MSIL cars will have to drive the cars empowered with BS6 compliant 1.5-liter K-Series petrol engine with or without SHVS mild-hybrid technology.
Honda BR-V: The BR-V crossover was launched back in May 2016 but could not enjoy the expected success. It was offered with two engine options of 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-liter i-DTEC diesel engine. The company has now decided to discontinue the diesel variant of this crossover.
Honda Accord: Because of its high-price the Accord sedan had been preferred only by a particular segment of buyers and could not emerge as a mass-segment car. Going through the implementation of BS-VI norms the sedan will now not be seen on the Indian roads anymore.
Renault Lodgy: The MPV from French carmaker Renault was launched back in 2015 but could not enjoy the expected success. It was empowered with a 1.5-liter diesel engine. Going through the poor sales and high cost of upgrading it according to the new BSVI norms, the company has discontinued the model for now from the Indian car market.
Skoda Octavia: The luxurious sedan Octavia by the Czech carmaker Skoda was upgraded three years back in 2017 with the BSIV engine, due to which the company has decided to discontinue its existing version until the new upgraded BS6 version comes in India. At present, it will only sell the Octavia RS245 in India which is empowered with the BS6 2.0-liter TSI engine that produces the power of 242 bhp and the torque of 370Nm.
Volkswagen Ameo: To bridge the gap between Polo and Vento the German carmaker launched the compact sedan Ameo in the Indian car market in 2016 and received an encouraging response from the buyers too. But, going through the increasing competition in the segment the sales eventually started declining despite the various efforts made by the company. Anyhow, as upgrading the compact sedan according to BS6 norms will not further help to improve the sales, the company will discontinue the model from India.
Tata Zest and Bolt: Developed on the Impact Design Philosophy, the compact sedan Zest and hatchback Bolt by the domestic carmaker could not succeed in impressing the buyers and were further overshadowed by the younger siblings Tiago and the Tigor. Going through the increasing for the latter models, the company is going to phase out both the older models from India.
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