Why Audi India plans to focus on petrol cars only
Audi India head Balbir Singh Dhillon said that going forward Audi will launch only petrol cats and the company will also have electric cars coming to India. While completely exiting diesel is something is still on Audi's drawing board.
The luxury car manufacturer Audi will enter into the BS-VI emission norms with petrol vehicles and alternate fuel technologies, after ruling out exiting diesel engines totally. Focusing on hybrids and plug-in hybrid vehicles, Audi India has recently launched its 8th generation A6 sedan with mild-hybrid technology.
Audi India head Balbir Singh Dhillon said that BS-VI era will be started with petrol only, across all models, however, diesel is still not completely out of the picture. Going forward Audi will launch only petrol cats and the company will also have electric cars coming to India. Completely exiting diesel is something is still on Audi's drawing board, he added.
Earlier also, Audi had stated its intentions from pulling off from diesel technology as the future is in electric and hybrid vehicles, especially in India. According to Audi, the government has allowed the carmaker to use certain imported cars, i.e 2,500 cars annually without homologation (conformity with Indian regulations). Those are the spaces around which Audi will be focusing in the near future.
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Audi has recently launched its much-awaited Audi A6, powered with a BS6-compliant 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine that makes 245 hp and 370 Nm of torque. The motorsports a 7-speed S Tronic transmission and comes with mild-hybrid technology. The ARAI-tested mileage of the luxury sedan is 14.11 kmpl and can catch 0-100 kmph in a mere 6.8 seconds.
Audi on Friday also announced a 'Limited period Celebratory Pricing' on its popular SUVs – the Audi Q5 and Audi Q7, as they celebrate a decade in India. The ex-showroom prices now start at Rs 49, 99,000 onwards for the Audi Q5 45 TFSI quattro Premium Plus and Rs 68, 99,000 for the Audi Q7 45 TFSI Premium Plus.