“Commercial vehicles will be hit the most as procuring parts for them from China will be a challenge,” said Wadhera.
According to Deepak Jain, president of Auto Component Manufacturers’ Association, India’s auto component industry imported parts worth $17 billion in the financial year 2018-19. Of this, China’s share was $4.5 billion.
To be sure, China is ahead of other countries in BS-VI. Most global suppliers have used China to develop those parts as it allowed them to achieve the kind of scale not possible in India or elsewhere, explained Wadhera. All truck makers saw their dispatches drop more than 45 per cent last month as compared to a year ago as they curtailed dispatches to dealers and remained cautious of stock-piling ahead of the new emission norms coming into effect. Automakers in India count dispatches to dealers as sales. Sanjeev Vasdev, managing director at Flash Electronics, which counts several two wheeler makers including Bajaj Auto as its key customers, is also worried. “The impact of the coronavirus
will be felt from this month onwards in a major way and will be more critical for some manufacturers, especially the ones that have their BS-VI roll out scheduled,” said Vasdev.