Mahindra and Mahindra have announced that they will not introduce any new car after the XUV700, which is scheduled to be launched later this year. The auto maker has revealed that they will cease the launch of new car for a year till April, 2020. From April 2020 Bharat Stage 6 [BS6] emission norms are kicking in and therefore the Indian Utility vehicle maker is gearing up. The Bharat Stage 6 [BS6] emission norms are much stricter than the current Bharat Stage 4 [BS4] emission norms. In order to abide by the BS6 emission norms require car manufacturers to implement expensive emission control equipment, especially on the diesel motor powered cars.
The fixation of the expensive emission control equipment will lead to a price hike for the diesel engine cars. The car portfolio of the Mahindra and Mahindra in India is mainly composed of diesel engine powered cars like Bolero, Scorpio and XUV500 and will require considerable investment to make its cars BS6 compliant. Therefore, with the BS6 emission norms coming into effect, the products of the Mahindra and Mahindra will face a steep rise in price.
Pawan Goenka, Managing Director of Mahindra and Mahindra said, “In terms of brand new products or brand new platforms after these three launches [U321, S201 and G4 Rexton] there will be nothing for the rest of the next calendar year. We will have a couple of refreshes during the calendar year 2019. Our new platform launches will start from 2020 which could be a full model replacement or a new mode.”
Currently the auto markets of India are looking forward to the three big all new car launches from the Mahindra and Mahindra before the company is going for the break. The upcoming cars from Mahindra and Mahindra includes the U321 MPV – expected to launch in October 2018, the XUV700 luxury SUV – to be launched in December 2018 and the S201 code named sub 4-metre compact SUV – to be launched before March 2019. The 2019 is likely to be a quite dry year for new car launches as not only the Mahindra and Mahindra but also many other car makers are expected to slow down or cease all new car launches for a total year until April 2020.
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