There is a lot of buzz around the launch of the Toyota Innova Crysta, with fans rushing to showrooms to see their beloved MPV in an all new and premium avatar. But in all this, there is a part of India which is deprived of this joy -- the Delhi/NCR area. As the ban on diesel-engine cars with a capacity of 2.0 litres or more continues, the Innova Crysta remains out of reach for the National Capital Region. Toyota has also decided to stand firm against the Supreme Court ban as it refuses to alter the size of the engines of its cars.
Stating that this ban is the “worst advertisement of India", Mr. Shekar Viswanathan, Toyota Kirloskar Motor vice-chairman, said, “If we don't get a breakthrough on Monday, our vehicles despite being compliant of all regulations in India would continue to be banned. That's the worst advertisement of India." When asked what Toyota plans to do if the ban continues, he replied, "Then, we will sit out of the market where the ban is imposed. We cannot change the engine specification as our customers may not desire it."
Mr. Viswanathan also raised questions on the ban, saying, “Does the ban suggest to mean that other diesel, petrol and CNG driven vehicles don't pollute? Why is the ban only on 2,000 cc and above diesel cars and SUVs?" He added: "While the latest BS-IV compliant cleaner vehicles are banned, old vehicles of pre-BS era, BS I, I and III continue to pollute." He also hinted that such bans do not augur well for the industry, with "losses, laying off of people and hardships for dealerships" following such directives.
This is not the first time someone from the auto industry has reacted to the diesel ban. Carmakers like Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz have also voiced their concerns against the same. While Jaguar said that the air in Delhi is "far dirtier" than what its cars emit, Mercedes said that it has been difficult for the company to get investments after the diesel ban.