Mitsubishi India has requested the govt to extend BS6 deadline.
Mitsubishi India is going through a tough time in the BS6 transition period. The Japanese carmaker has recently met Nitin Gadkari (Union Minister for road, transport and highways) for the same concern. The carmaker isn’t ready with its BS6 lineup for India.
Mitsubishi only offers 2 products in India – Pajero and Outlander. Both of these cars are imported directly via CBU and are not BS6 compliant. The carmaker has requested the government to extend the BS6 deadline.
They approached the government because they are not making any vehicles in India and the BS6 models are turning out to be too expensive for India. It is likely that the BS6 compliant models will see a significant increase in price by Rs. 6-8 lakhs.
The Union Minister has cited many examples of carmaker that are meeting the deadline ahead of time. Most of the carmakers in India are already selling BS6 compliant petrol and diesel vehicles.
The Japanese carmaker is still working on a solution to this matter. While the Pajero is a diesel powered SUV, the Outlander is powered by a petrol engine and with minor engineering, it can easily meet the new emission norms.
Mitsubishi sells only 12-15 units of Outlander in a month in India, which is extremely low. They have currently put all plans for new products on hold.
To push out some volumes, they recently reduced the pricing of the Outlander by over Rs. 5 lakhs. The future of the popular Lancer maker in India seems grim. In order to continue their operations in the country, they should come up with some new India specific cars, which requires a lot of investment.
Mitsubishi BS6 Cars
– The carmaker has requested the govt to extend BS6 deadline
– They currently offer only 2 cars that are CBU models
– BS6 compliant models are working out to be too expensive for India
Source – FinancialExpress.com