Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has certified HM’s Ambassador 1.5L diesel model as BS IV compliant. As per Rule 115, the four-wheeler (equipped with an upgraded engine) has passed ARAI’s OBD II (onboard diagnostics), mass emission and other related tests of Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR), 1989, effective from the month of April 2013. This move opens for the new four-wheeler 17 major metro markets, especially Kolkata (where sale of BS III cars had been banned since April 2010). HM has started production of the newly certified BS IV vehicle, which will roll out of its Uttarpara plant in Hooghly, from the month of August 2013.
HM’s Managing Director & CEO, Mr. Uttam Bose, commenting on the welcome development said: “We had been working on upgrading our Ambassador 1.5-litre diesel car to match BS IV 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.”
The new Ambassabor is superior to the existing BS III model and offers improved gradient negotiating capacity, higher power and torque, overall better driveability, fuel efficient and reasonable emission levels. HML had also displayed the upgraded car to office-bearers of Kolkata’s different taxi associations.