New Delhi: Keeping in mind the upcoming Real Driving Emission (RDE) norms, car manufacturers are considering discontinuing diesel engine models in India. Among these companies is Japanese carmaker Honda, which is planning to phase out the diesel engine option of Honda City and Honda Amaze sedans from early next year.
Diesel engine not able to meet RDE norms!
According to media reports, Takuya Tsumura, CEO of Honda Cars India, said that diesel engines may not be able to meet the upcoming RDE norms. According to media reports, Honda will discontinue its 1.5-litre diesel engine, which is found in Honda City, Amaze, and WR-V. Honda has also stopped taking orders for select diesel variants of the WR-V, Jazz and Amaze.
Many brands have stopped diesel engines at the global level
Globally too, many brands have discontinued diesel engines. At the same time, Indian carmaker Maruti Suzuki has already distanced itself from diesel engines. Maruti is offering only petrol engine. However, keeping in mind the mileage and running cost with the petrol engine, CNG and strong hybrid technology are being offered by Maruti Suzuki.
Maruti offering CNG and hybrid technology
Maruti has used strong hybrid technology taken from Toyota in its recently launched Grand Vitara. At the same time, the company also has a large portfolio of CNG cars. It sells more than 10 CNG cars.