April 2017 witnessed the Supreme Court ban of sale/registration on all new BS-III vehicles across India thereby allowing only BS-IV vehicles to go on sale. This initiative was begun in 2000 by the Government of India by introducing Bharat Stage Emission norms (BS) to curb the rising pollution levels in the country. Now, the launch of BS-IV vehicles is followed by yet another move, the launch of BS-IV graded fuel in the country.
On April 1st, 2017, Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, officially launched BS-IV grade fuels from Bhubaneshwar in Odisha and 12 other cities through live video links. The BS-IV fuels will now be available to all smaller towns and cities as well in the country thereby contributing to a successful nationwide movement. The Minister appreciated the sincere effort and commitment of all the Oil Marketing Companies that made this move possible in record time by setting up better infrastructure for refining fuels and also transportation. The expenditure costs for the phase wise upgradation of fuel quality is around 90000 crore for these companies. The Minister stated that their next step will be to prepare for launch of BS-VI fuels by 2020.
India is on the path to a greener environment with more eco-friendly vehicles, lower emissions and good grade fuels.
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Tata Motors launched the limited edition Tiago Wizz in the country at a price of Rs.4.52 lakh for the Petrol variant and Rs.5.30 lakh for the Diesel variant (both ex-showroom prices, Delhi).
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari warned the automobile industry to come up with advanced technology to develop vehicles using alternative fuels instead of petrol and diesel. He also pointed out that he wanted the pollution and import bill to be reduced in the country. At the 57th annual event organized by SIAM to discuss on various programmes for the Automobile Industry, the Transport Minister clearly warned the auto makers that without choice, they will have to move to production of vehicles that run on electricity, bio-diesel, ethanol and compressed natural gas; else he will bulldoze the existing fuel setup completely that is polluting the country. He also added that the government has a crystal clear policy to reduce the import bills of crude oil and arrest pollution to a great extent.
• Maruti Suzuki Ignis to be launched on 13th January 2017
• Addressed as a premium urban crossover, Ignis comes with a lot of unique features for the Indian specific model
• Available in both Petrol and Diesel trims and expected to be priced around Rs.5-7 lakh approximately
Hindustan Motors has signed an agreement with Peugeot, selling Ambassador Brand and certain related rights at a sum of Rs.80 crore. It also said that the proceeds of the sale will be used to clear all pending dues of employees and lenders.
Maruti Suzuki has launched the New Swift 2017 in Japan and it is just months away to the Indian launch. It is expected to reach India in the second half of 2017 and there has been some real buzz about it for quite some time now.
The unique and most loved car since 2005 has chosen a new avatar for the 2017 launch and is being awaited by the enthusiasts all over.
Honda WR-V (Winsome Runabout Vehicle), the sub compact crossover was unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Now, Honda is about to launch the same here in the country on March 16th, 2017. As WR-V rolls here, India will earn the name for being the first country to produce and launch it in the world. Previously named as the Jazz Twist, this crossover is based on the company’s best seller Honda Jazz but is slightly longer and taller than the latter.