Maruti Suzuki has dominated the Indian automotive market since last decade, mainly due to the company’s proactive decision making which can be noticed in its recent instance when it sold over 7.5 lakh units of its BS6 cars. The achievement is remarkable and comes as part of the BS6 emission regulation in India as well as the efforts to get rid of its BS4 stock.
Reportedly, Maruti Suzuki had sold almost 6,59,000 BS4 passenger vehicles. The idea of the BS4 norm was first unveiled in 2010 and was later enforced nationwide on April 1, 2017. However, a notification for implementing BS6 engines as next-generation engines was laid out by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) in February 2016. As a result, Maruti Suzuki started to shift towards BS6 gradually.
According to CV Raman, Senior ED (Engineering), Maruti Suzuki, the company had begun laying the foundation for BS6 since 2016, a time when other Indian automobile companies were struggling to keep up with BS4 norms.
Reportedly, Maruti’s supplier partners, as well as its team, worked hard to guarantee the fact its customers could easily purchase BS6-compliant technologically-advanced vehicles ahead of schedule.
Amidst all its ongoing variants, the Baleno and the Alto were the first two models to get BS6 emission technology upgradation, in April 2019. After two months, both these models were followed by Dzire and the Wagon R.
Meanwhile models like XL6, Ertiga and S-Presso received their BS6 engines in 2019. Whereas other models like Celerio, Eeco, Vitara Brezza, Ciaz, the Super Carry and Ignis received their push to BS6 in 2020.
Maruti has managed to raise its manpower by 1.5 times to work on BS6 transition projects over the past two years. Consequently, the company now has expanded its emission labs from 4 to 12, cited Raman.