Chennai, Sept. 12
Daimler India has unveiled its new product manufactured according to BS III specifications in the presence of Mr. Satyakam Arya, Managing Director & CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV),
Speaking at DICV’s BS VI sneak preview, Mr.Satyakam Arya said: “Daimler’s experience of already bringing 1.4 Million EURO VI trucks and buses on the roads means we are easily ready to transition our BharatBenz trucks and buses to BS VI by the April 2020 deadline. With this head start, we will begin exporting India-built trucks by 2021/2022.”
As more than 15lakhs old trucks of BS III or lessor emission norms are plying in Indian roads, a strong scrappage policy for discarding old vehicles have to be framed by the Government to protect the environment and for the success of Bharat Stage VI emission norms which will come into effect from April 2020 said Mr.Satyakam Arya.
DICV invested around INR 500 crore to localize their EURO VI technology for India, completing 2 million kilometres of testing, developing new facilities and over 1000 new parts, and achieving an outstanding localization rate above 80% on its products.
“The transition to BS VI opens up more opportunities to export fully-built vehicles, engines and parts to countries like Mexico, Chile and Brazil that will soon migrate to similar emission norms. This further strengthens India’s position as a global production network for Daimler Trucks and Buses,” Mr. Arya explained.
Depending on the availability of BS VI fuel in India, DICV will officially launch its upgraded range of BS VI trucks and buses in Q1 of 2020. DICV will begin exporting its OM926 engine series internationally by 2021/22.