He added that the safety regulations, including the crash testing and regulations and pedestrian safety would require a whole new level of engineering in the front and back of the car, which makes the car longer. Considering the number of models these companies has to alter according to the regulation, it is a huge task.
One of the areas where the companies will be forced to collaborate in BS 6 is the component suppliers. While the company may be manufacturing Euro 6 complied vehicles for exports,it cannot be picked up for the Indian market. There are changes quite immensely on the driving cycle and the fuel and it needs research, design and testing to be conducted almost at the same time. In technology, a little more cross licensing has to happen, he said.
He said that while the government is supposed to spend around Rs 60,000 crore on the oil suppliers to have BS 6 fuel by end of 2019, it is not known what would be the octane level and the density. Automobile companies also has to assess the situation and create an action plan with proper schedule, which has to be adhered to meet the deadline.
Kirloskar also added that if the safety norms including the crash safety measures nd pedestrian crash safety with Euro 6 fuel would make it difficult to manufacture a sub four meter format of car.
Along with this, the new tight regulations on overall fuel consumption or carbon emission as a corporate group, which produces car, adds to the challenges faced by the automobile manufacturers in the country, he added.
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