New Delhi : As India gears up to leapfrog to BS VI auto fuel emission norms by April 2020 to check pollution, Maruti Suzuki today said this will not bring any perceptible change in air quality but may push car prices by anywhere between Rs 20,000 to Rs 2 lakh.
Stating that cars contribute only 2 per cent to the overall pollution, Maruti Suzuki Chairman R C Bhargava said it will be a challenge to upgrade technologies to meet BS VI norms in just four years and prices could go up by anywhere between Rs 20,000 to Rs 2 lakh depending on the vehicles.
Citing a study by IIT Kanpur, Bhargava told PTI: “Cars contribute only 2 per cent to the overall pollution, while 98 per cent is from other sources. So, people should not be surprised when they don’t see any perceptible change in air quality even after implementation of Bharat Stage VI norms.” When asked by how much car prices could go up, he said: “It is too early to say by how much. It will all be guess work, it can be anywhere between Rs 20,000 to Rs 1 lakh or even Rs 2 lakh.”