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Honda won’t produce diesel engines in India from February 2023

Wapcar Automotive News – Amaze and City will lose the diesel option; the cost of upgrading an existing engine to strict RDE standards is not justified.

Sources say Honda will stop offering a diesel option in its lineup in India from early next year. Honda currently has four diesel models for sale in India; they include City, Amaze, Jazz and WR-V.

Prior to the implementation of Real Driving Emissions (RDE) standards in India from April 2023, the Japanese automaker will discontinue production of the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine currently under construction. offered on Amaze, City (fifth generation) as well as WR. -V cross each other. 

Moreover. Honda City colors makes it popular in the market. The new RDE standards require large investments in diesel engines to upgrade them to meet the new stringent emissions regulations, which have resulted in some diesel models being dropped from all brands. For example, the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and Aura compact sedans quietly abandoned the diesel offer earlier this year, while the next i20 premium sedan lost that option.

Customers in India will still be able to buy diesel-powered Hondas until the end of March 2023, but the company plans to use up its diesel inventory at showrooms across the country first. when the stricter emissions standards came into effect, exactly three years after the emissions law went into effect. BS VI emission standards. from April 1, 2020.

Honda Motor India has discontinued the diesel-powered WR-V along with some variants of the Amaze compact car. Additionally, the automaker is phasing out the current-generation Jazz, WR-V and City (fourth generation), as all three models are nearing the end of their lifecycle. The rest of the portfolio will see diesel variants reach the end of their lifecycles from December 2022 to February 2023.

It is known that after applying the BS VI emission standard in April 2020, 21% of Honda’s total car sales came from the 1.5-liter diesel powertrain. However, the share continued to fall to just 7% of total sales due to a shift in customer preference for gasoline-powered cars. HCIL recorded sales of about 30,000 to 35,000 diesel vehicles between CY2020 and CY2022.

Honda introduced the 1.5-litre diesel engine – dubbed ‘i-DTEC’ – to India in 2013 with the launch of the first generation Amaze compact sedan. The company says the BS VI-compliant engine has a certified fuel efficiency of 24.7 kpl in the Amaze manual transmission variant, while it delivers 24.1 kpl in the larger City saloon.

Full stop on Honda diesel made in India

In addition to stopping the production of 1.5-liter diesel engines, the source revealed that HCIL will also stop producing and exporting 1.6-liter diesel engines from March 2023. Currently, India has exported this 1.6-liter engine to Thailand for use in the Honda CR-V in foreign markets including Thailand and the Philippines. The 1.6-litre diesel engine produced in India for export purposes will also be phased out.

Abandoning diesel engines in line with global trends

Honda’s decision to remove diesel engines from its portfolio is in line with the overall market trend. Over the past few years, major car manufacturers in India as well as abroad have given up or announced their intention to leave the diesel segment, especially in the small displacement segment (under 2 liters), where technology prevails in terms of cost. compliance with more stringent emission standards is relatively high.

Over the past decade, the share of diesel vehicles in India has plummeted from a peak of 54% to 20% and this change has accelerated following the implementation of BS VI Phase emission standards. paragraph I. The contribution of diesel in hatchbacks and hatchbacks has almost disappeared, with SUVs now accounting for a large share of the demand.

While Hyundai, Kia, Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata Motors continue to offer diesel alternatives in the small and mid-size SUV segments, however, the Japanese OEM brigade has abandoned diesel engines in favor of diesel engines instead. which focuses on hybrid powertrain technology.

Stricter criteria with the RDE standard

The upcoming RDE standards will task OEMs to meet emissions targets, particularly those listed for Particulate Matter (PM) and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) in the BS VI guidelines, now in a real driving situation instead of just on the test engine. What this really means is the requirement of near-optimal emissions performance in different geographical scenarios across India.

As a result, industry experts say this will require the implementation of technologies such as Selective Catalytic Reduction or SCR (Additional NOx Reduction), which is currently used in high-displacement engines and will be extremely critical. expensive period, especially for diesel engines with displacement up to 1500 cc. 

Meanwhile, Honda is working to introduce an all-new SUV model in the Indian market by mid-2023 to regain a market share that has dropped significantly over the past few years. The new mid-size SUV will feature powerful petrol and hybrid powertrains. Honda is hoping hybrid technology will make up for the removal of diesel engines, though it remains to be seen how competitive the 1.5-litre hybrid will be (which is quite expensive in the city).

Uneeb Khan
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