Hindustan Motors Ambassador 1.5-litre diesel model has been certified as BS IV compliant by Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Pune. Now, the vehicle can be launched in 17 major metro markets across India, especially Kolkata, where sale of BSIII had been banned since April 2010. Equipped with an upgraded engine, the vehicle passed ARAI’s mass emission, OBD II (on board diagnostics) and other related tests as per Rule 115 of Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR), 1989, effective from April 2013. Hindustan Motors has started work on the production of the newly certified BS IV car which will start rolling out of its Uttarpara plant in Hooghly from August 2013.
Commenting on the welcome development, HM’s Managing Director & CEO, Mr. Uttam Bose, said, “We had been working on upgrading our Ambassador 1.5-litre diesel car to match BS4 norms for over a year. We are happy that our efforts have borne fruit and we have received certification from ARAI after passing rigorous tests. This has demolished the myth that Hindustan Motors cannot upgrade its existing engines. Moreover, this opens hitherto forbidden markets where this vehicle commands enviable loyalty in the taxi segment. We expect our sales to grow significantly within a few months.
Recently, Hindustan Motors displayed the upgraded vehicle to office-bearers of Kolkata’s different 0taxi associations. Following extensive driving at the company’s test track at the Uttarpara plant, they found the new vehicle to be distinctly superior to the existing BS III model. They were of the view that apart from reasonable emission levels the upgraded vehicle also offered higher power and torque, improved gradient negotiating capacity, better cooling and overall better driveability with no compromise on fuel consumption. The officialendorsement of this feedback has now come in the form of BS IV certification by ARAI.