Tata Motors May Downsize Engines to Skirt SC Ban in Delhi
Supreme Court has banned the sale of diesel vehicles with engine capacity of 2000cc and above in Delhi and NCR.
Tata Motors has been badly hit by the Supreme Court ban on selling high-end diesel vehicles in the NCR. The company is planning to downsize its diesel engines to skirt the issue.
“We are re-engineering our existing engines to bring them below 2 litres,” said Tata Motors senior vice president for programme planning and project management at the passenger vehicle unit, Girish Wagh, at the launch of the hatchback Tiago.
Though Wagh did not offer details on the cost and timing or a timeline, he said, “a completely new engine takes almost or more than a year to come, but since this is something more innovative ... this will be done much faster.”
He, however, said the plan is only for Tata Motors vehicles and not for its luxury brand Jaguar Land Rover. Last December, the apex court had banned the sale of 2000-cc and above diesel vehicles in Delhi and the NCR region till 31 March, which was then extended to 30 April till the court hears all the petitions.
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