Automakers see brighter side in move to hike diesel prices
While car market leader Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said the move will not have any impact on its Rs 1,700 crore investments for a diesel engine plant at Gurgaon, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) was of the view that demand for petrol passenger cars in the small and mid-range could increase following the development.
The government today allowed oil companies to make small hikes in the price of diesel from time to time.
"This is a step in the right direction for the country overall, as we cannot afford such a high subsidy burden...
This will, however, not in any way affect Maruti Suzuki's plans for diesel engine plant. We don't have a problem with the proposed diesel price hike," MSI Chairman R C Bhargava told PTI.
The company's new diesel plant is slated to start operations by June with an initial capacity of 1.5 lakh units per annum, and will be doubled by 2014.
Welcoming the government's move, M&M President Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors, Pawan Goenka said: "Mahindra has always been supportive of narrowing the gap between diesel and petrol fuel prices by another Rs 5 per litre. In our opinion such an increase in diesel price will have very little impact on UV and CV demand but may slightly shift demand to petrol in the passenger car segment in the small and mid-range." He, however, said
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