Honda is about to discontinue diesel cars in India. The company will stop selling diesel cars in India from April 2023. With this, the company now has only 5 months left to sell its diesel cars. According to AutoCarPro, many automakers are going to discontinue their diesel models in India once the second phase of BS-VI emission norms comes into effect from April 2023. This also includes the Japanese manufacturer Honda.
Real time driving emission norms will come into force from April next year and meeting these norms will require expensive emission control equipment on diesel engines which will drive up the cost significantly. Diesel cars are already more expensive than petrol, and now, due to the new emission norms, these cars will become even more expensive. This is the reason why Honda has decided to discontinue diesel cars.
Currently, Honda is using the 1.5-litre i-DTEC turbo diesel engine in its diesel cars. Apart from this, the company is exporting 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine cars outside. The diesel models of Honda City, WR-V and Amaze will be discontinued in India. However, the company is preparing to launch a new SUV in 2023 which will be offered with a strong-hybrid engine.
The second phase of BS-VI emission norms is going to be implemented in the country from April 1, 2023. This will increase the pressure to further reduce emissions by upgrading vehicles. This is threatening the existence of diesel cars of many companies. Explain that the emissions of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides are much higher in diesel cars than in petrol.
Big companies like Maruti Suzuki and Volkswagen have even stopped producing diesel cars because of this. Currently, both the companies are not selling a single diesel car in their lineup. Recently Toyota has announced the discontinuation of the diesel models of the Innova in India.
According to a report, in the year 2012, where the share of diesel vehicles was more than petrol vehicles with 54%, in 2022 it has come down to just 18 percent. The situation is even worse in the case of small diesel cars. The market share of small diesel cars is now only 1%. Whereas it is 16% in compact SUV and 80% in full size SUV.