Luxury car brand Mercedes-Benz achieved a historic milestone in the Indian
automotive industry, by being the first automobile brand in India to launch the
first ever BS VI compliant vehicles, ‘Made in India, for India’.
The vehicle, a Mercedes-Benz S
350 d has undergone stringent emission test related to BS VI emission at ARAI,
Pune and has been certified as BS VI compliant.
The Certificate of Compliance
to the CMVR (Central Motor Vehicles Rule) for Mercedes-Benz India was presented
by ARAI Director, Rashmi Urdhwareshe to Roland Folger, MD & CEO, in the
presence of Nitin Gadkari i, Minister of Road Transport Highways & Shipping
and Water Resource, River Development, & Ganga Rejuvenation and Abhay Damle
Ji, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport Highways and other dignitaries.
Gadkari noted that “To
mitigate the rising pollution in Delhi and adjoining areas, the Government is
trying to advance BS VI grade fuel availability in Delhi NCT by April, 2018 and
shift to BS VI norms by April, 2020 across the country. This will drastically
reduce pollution and help us advance to better technologies used globally. I
want to congratulate Mercedes-Benz for their efforts towards not only making
safe vehicles but also for a greener vehicle, by introducing the first BS VI
vehicle in India much ahead of the regulations.”
Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director,
ARAI stated, “It is our endeavor to support the Government and the auto
industry in terms of developing and testing the vehicles and promote cleaner
technology. In line with this, we are happy to present the Certificate of
Compliance to CMVR, to Mercedes-Benz India for both their BS VI compliant
petrol and diesel vehicles. We conducted stringent and extensive tests on both
the vehicles, which includes particulate numbers, engine power test,
on-board-diagnosis test and Real world driving emission (RDE) data collection.
The results of the test are in compliance to prescribed CMVR rules followed by
ARAI. BS VI test protocol and facilities are significantly different than BS IV
and ARAI is fully equipped to handle upcoming development and certification
work for all vehicle models and engines.”
Roland Folger, Managing
Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India stated, “We are glad to fulfil our
commitment to the customers and to the Government’s vision of ‘Make in India’,
by introducing the first ever ‘Made in India, for India’ BS VI compliant
vehicles. Mercedes-Benz vehicles are world-class products and they comply with
the most stringent emission standards, and the ARAI certified new BS VI
vehicles reiterate this high benchmark. The introduction of India’s first BS VI
vehicles for the Indian market is a significant milestone and we strongly
believe that this will pave the way for other manufacturers to introduce their
BS VI vehicles in India. This, we believe would also be beneficial for the end
customer as they could use the latest technology available.”
“Mercedes-Benz has introduced
BS-VI vehicles in India almost 2 years in advance of the regulations. We
strongly believe that early introduction of BS-VI vehicles will further
accelerate the adoption of cleaner vehicles in the market and thereby achieving
the Government’s clean air initiative,” Folger elaborated.
Following are some of the
tests done at ARAI for the certification of the BS VI engines:
1-Tail pipe emission test in
laboratory – limits lowered to 68 to 82% as against BS-IV
2-Engine power test – BS-VI
fuel based test
3-On board diagnostic (OBD)
test – Stringent OBD test
4-RDE (Real Driving emission)
- On road emission performance test
The Mercedes-Benz S 350 d
vehicle comes with a state-of-art engine and exhaust after treatment
technology, such as refined engine, EGR, DPF, SCR etc. These technological
measures lead to reduce the emissions significantly and meet the BS-VI
regulations with huge margins. The S 350 d features the most powerful diesel
car in Mercedes-Benz history.
The new six-cylinder Diesel
engine is designed to comply with future emissions legislation (RDE – Real
Driving Emissions). All the components of relevance for efficient emissions
reduction are installed directly on the engine. The integrated technology
approach combining the new stepped-bowl combustion process, dynamic multi-way
exhaust-gas recirculation and near-engine exhaust-gas after treatment, for the
first time combined with variable valve-lift control, makes further reduced
consumption with low emissions possible.
Although the output has
increased noticeably compared to the preceding model, the new engine consumes
up to six percent less fuel. The special traits of the top-of-the-line engine
in the diesel family include the stepped-bowl combustion process, two-stage
turbocharging and, for the first time, the use of CAMTRONIC variable valve-lift
control. Its design features a combination of aluminium engine block and steel
pistons as well as further improved NANOSLIDE® coating of the cylinder walls.
Source: Mercedes-Benz India
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