The car makers in India are busy putting up alternatives to bring down the impact of ban on the diesel cars with engine capacity of 2000cc and above in Delhi-NCR. Now, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) is considering adding petrol engine option for its Innova and Fortuner.
A report of ET Auto reveals that Toyota, which is also hurt by the the Supreme Court's interim decision, is now planning to roll out petrol engines for all its future models as the car maker thinks that the ban, which is currently only on the 2.0l engines, could get extended. Toyota Innova had petrol variants in its portfolio when launched, but was later discontinued owing to poor demands.
Toyota Innova and Fortuner account for more than 55% of the company's total sale and Delhi NCR contributes about 14%. The ban comes at a time when Toyota is gearing up to roll out its new Inova and Fortuner in India. The new generation Innova, which is already being sold in the Indonesian market, gets a 2, 000cc VVT-i petrol engine developing 137bhp and 183Nm of torque.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld its decision to ban the sale and the registration of diesel vehicles with engine capacities of 2,000 cc in the NCR. The bench rejected the plea by Toyota, Mahindra and Mahindra, and Mercedes asking for a revision of the order. The automobile companies claimed that their diesel engine cars did not cause much pollution than the petrol engines.