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Confidential: News from inside auto companies
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GM India: is looking at planting an all-new Isuzu engine in the Chevrolet Tavera. The new engine could be from the Isuzu D-Max pick-up in Thailand, and this engine will meet the new BS IV emission norms which come into effect on April 2010. However, it’s unlikely that the BS IV Tavera will be launched before the end of 2010. This means that the car will only sell in non-metro towns after April next year, until the Tavera with the new engine is launched.
Mahindra: is developing an MM540 with the Scorpio engine and gearbox. It will be a 4x4 only and uses suspension bits from the Scorpio and Bolero as well. This model called the ‘Thar’ is mainly intended for export markets. However, there is a possibility that it could be introduced in the domestic market as well.

In accordance with the upcoming BS IV emission standards, diesel car manufacturers are relying on Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) to meet these norms. However, the worry is that our driving cycle and fuel quality in non-BS IV markets could damage the DPF. There is a mad scramble, especially within the VW Group, to find a solution by either making the DPF work in India or meet BS IV norms without the DPF.

Maruti is not content with its lion’s share of the small car market and is developing more models to further strengthen its position. An all-new, India-specific model (code: YE3) is expected to slot in below the Alto and fill the space the Maruti 800, with its dwindling numbers, has vacated. The new Wagon R (code: YR9) is also being developed for a 2010 launch. All these models will use the new KB-series engine which has proved to be incredibly fuel efficient.
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