Mercedes-Benz clocked the highest sales figures in 2017 globally. While the revelries must be still ongoing for this reason, the German brand has another feat to celebrate - becoming the first brand in India to launch vehicles with engines compliant to BS VI emission standards. As Mercedes says it: these vehicles will be ‘Made in India, for India’. The company didn’t take very long in delivering on a commitment it made in 2016 saying that would launch India’s first BS VI vehicles, and so it did. Another achievement for the company is the fact that it is introducing BS IV compliant vehicles about two years before the Indian government makes it a mandate. Mercedes-Benz has also assured that by the time cleaner fuel is made available in the country, the new BS VI vehicles will smoothly run on BS IV fuel which is currently in our market. These Mercedes-Benz vehicles will emit the lowest ever emission from a Made in Indian car with an internal combustion engine.
The ARAI certificate was presented to Roland Folger, MD & CEO Mercedes-Benz India by Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport Highways & Shipping and Water Resource, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director, ARAI.
The event also marked the unveiling of the first ‘BS VI Mercedes-Benz in India, for India’, a Mercedes-Benz S-Class S 350d. Along with this, it has also been made known that the upcoming Mercedes-Benz S 350d and Mercedes-Maybach S 560 will get ARAI certificate as ‘Indian Crash Norm Compliant’.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the PM limit from its new BSVI diesel vehicles is Lowe by 82% compared to the BSIV diesel vehicles. Another relevant outcome of the new BSVI compatible engines is that there has been a drastic decline in NOx emissions level by 68%, narrowing the gap between petrol and diesel emissions.
Mercedes-Benz’ new BSVI petrol engine will come in the Mercedes-Maybach S 560 and the Diesel engine in the new S-Class, which will be launched later in the year. The S 350d happens to be the most powerful diesel car in Mercedes-Benz’ history.
The transition from BS III to BS IV saw a very eventful few months last year. The Supreme Court announced a ban on sale of all vehicles which complied to outdated BS III emission norms starting 1 April 2017. Indian automotive industry was thrown in a frenzy as a lot of manufacturers had large stocks of BS III vehicles. While luxury car manufacturers remained mostly unaffected by the ban since their cars were already BS IV compliant, two-wheeler companies were the worst hit. Upon an appeal filed by affected companies urging the court to allow sale of the remaining BS III stock, the apex court maintained that the health of the people in the country was far more important than stocks of outdated vehicles causing a loss to some automobile companies.
With the introduction of BS VI tech, Mercedes-Benz is now leading a transition much needed for the country, which is suffering of a huge pollution crisis.