DICV sells all BS 4 stock ahead of 31 March deadline; all-new BS 6-compliant BharatBenz portfolio to make up 100 % of domestic sales from now on
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) today announced it has cleared the entire BS 4 stock, with no units left in the factory and less than a handful of vehicles left at dealers nationwide. The company said it was able to beat the 31 March deadline for final registration of BS 4 vehicles, despite factors including the ongoing market slump and the challenges of COVID-19 outbreak.
DICV said it was the first commercial vehicle manufacturer in India to attain BS 6 certification for its OM900 engine series last July, attaining a homologation certificate for its heavy-duty tractor-trailer model 5528TT. The company then began series production of its BS 6-compliant OM 926 engines and MD two-box After Treatment Systems three months ahead of schedule in India. Following that, DICV premiered an all-new BharatBenz CV range in January 2020 that set new benchmarks for medium and heavy-duty trucks with improved fuel efficiency, safety, and connectivity. Sales of these models are now well-underway with several lakh kilometres already driven by satisfied customers.
Satyakam Arya, Managing Director and CEO, DICV, said that from the beginning, the company believed in the necessity of BS 6 as a way of creating a greener future for India. This made DICV proactive in developing BS 6 technology so it could discontinue BS 4 as quickly as possible, he added. Arya noted, “Rather than continuing to sell these higher-emission vehicles until the last day, we instead prioritised the environment. We are pleased to announce that our efforts have paid off and DICV once again leads the transition to a new emissions norm.”