India would be leapfrogging from BS IV (equivalent to Euro 4) emission norms, introduced in countrywide in 2016, to BS 6 (equivalent to Euro 6) emission norms on 01 April 2020. However, unlike the last changeover, which was chaotic, all manufacturers have got sufficient warning this time and most of them are ready with, or have already launched BS 6 vehicles.
Among the commercial vehicle manufacturers, the latest company to launch BS6 vehicles much before the date is Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, manufacturers of the Bharat-Benz brand. They have launched their entire range of 9 to 55 ton trucks and city buses in the new avatar. The company claims, that the new vehicles would be more efficient, comfortable and cheaper to operate. They are also offering telematic and connected technology in these vehicles in the form of the “Truckonnekt” “Bus Konnekt” technologies that allow real time tracking of vehicles leading to improved fleet and fuel management, reduced running costs, increased utilization of assets and improved driver performance.
Within eight years of the market launch, DICV has already produced over 100,000 BharatBenz vehicles – an unprecedented ramp-up in the world’s toughest commercial vehicle market