The manufacture of the Skoda Octavia and Superb luxury cars will end in India in February 2023, according to a Team-BHP report that cites sources. March 2023 will mark the end of sales. The forthcoming Phase 2 of the Bharat Stage 6 emission limits is cited as the cause of this. Vehicles sold in India would have to abide by RDE - Real Driving Emission - requirements as part of the BS6 Phase 2 emission standards. Less lax are BS6 standards than RDE standards.
Every vehicle sold in India after April 1st, 2023, must adhere to RDE norms as a result of these regulations taking effect on that day. The Skoda Octavia and Superb BS6 models that are currently on the market are both petrol-only and meet BS6 standards. Both automobiles will require a new engine-gearbox combo to meet RDE standards. More money will be invested as a result.
The Volkswagen group, which owns Skoda, has chosen to discontinue both vehicles due to their low sales. The Slavia C-segment sedan, the Kushaq compact SUV, and the full-size, custom-built Kodiaq luxury SUV will be the sole vehicles Skoda offers for sale in India beginning on April 1. Volkswagen will also be selling 3 vehicles: the Virtus C-segment sedan, the Tiguan premium SUV, and the Taigun compact SUV. The Volkswagen iD4 electric crossover will go on sale in India later this year, but it is a halo vehicle designed for brand building and will only be imported in a small quantity.
The auto industry doesn’t like abrupt policy changes:
Nitin Gadkari, the minister in charge of India's transport ministry, has been substantially tightening pollution standards. Due to poor air quality, India skipped one generation of emission standards and transitioned from Bharat Stage 4 (BS4) to BS6 guidelines. In order to significantly reduce tailpipe emissions, the Indian government is also encouraging automakers to produce more electric vehicles.
For the auto sector, which is struggling to comply with new standards, these abrupt and frequently extreme legislative changes have been problematic. A lot of people in the auto business have complained about sudden policy changes, but the Indian government seems steadfast in its choices.
Advantage electric Cars:
Expect to see more electric vehicle launches in the upcoming years, both in the passenger car and two-wheeler markets. Although tailpipe emissions from electric automobiles are reduced, the electricity that supplies them may not come from clean sources. The majority of India's electricity is produced by thermal power plants, which mostly burn coal as fuel. One of the dirtiest sources of energy is coal, according to some.
The pollution issue is simply shifted from the vehicle's tailpipe to thermal power plants when electric cars are recharged using electricity from coal-fired power plants. Another concern is battery disposal, which has grown significantly as a result of the high battery use of electric vehicles. After 5-7 years, these batteries need to be replaced, which is another environmental problem that legislators will soon have to address. Electric vehicles will be more sustainable if India transitions to cleaner power generation from renewable sources.