Honda Amaze Diesel Discontinued in India Ahead of RDE Norms

The Honda Amaze Diesel, which was available in three variants, has been removed from the official website ahead of the RDE norms' implementation. The company now only sells the Honda WR-V and the fifth-generation City as diesel-powered vehicles in India.

By Sanorita | on January 16, 2023 Follow us on Autox Google News

Honda Cars India has delisted the Honda Amaze Diesel variants ahead of the RDE norms implementation in India. Earlier in 2013, with the introduction of the first-generation Honda Amaze diesel, Honda began selling diesel-powered cars in the Indian markets. The sedan was launched with a brand-new 1.5-litre diesel engine for India. However, it has been reported now that the carmaker has removed the Honda Amaze Diesel versions from the official website to comply with RDE Norms, which will come into effect from April 2023. Presently, the Hyundai Aura, the Tata Tigor, and the Maruti Suzuki Dzire are diesel models, which are available in the sedan range. Numerous diesel models from various brands have reportedly been discontinued as a result of the new RDE norms, which require significant investment in upgrading diesel engines to comply with the strict new emission rules.

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Select Amaze compact sedan models including the diesel-powered WR-V have already been discontinued by Honda, claims the source. The current generation Honda Jazz, the WR-V, and the fourth generation Honda City are also being phased out by the automaker since the three models are nearing the end of their lifespans. Reportedly, potential clients can still purchase diesel Honda cars until the end of March 2023.

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After the adoption of the BS VI Phase-I emission rules, diesel vehicles have seen a significant decline from 54% to 20% during the period of the last ten years. In other news, we informed you that many carmakers are planning to axe their diesel vehicles owing to the upcoming RDE norms in India. A total of 17 models are likely to leave the Indian market after April 1, 2023. Among the vehicles on the list are the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, the Honda WR-V, the Renault Kwid 0.8L, the Honda Jazz, the Honda City 4th-gen, the Toyota Innova Crysta, the Mahindra KUV100, the Mahindra Alturas G4, the Mahindra Marazzo, and many others.

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A good number of automakers are planning to stop producing diesel variants due to the high cost of building diesel engines to comply with the future, strict RDE requirements. Further, several carmakers including Honda are focusing on hybrid powertrain technology in India. Recently, by issuing an official teaser, Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) has officially confirmed the speculation about the introduction of a new SUV in India. According to reports, Honda is planning to introduce two new SUVs in India - a brand-new compact SUV and a sub-compact SUV that will take the place of the Honda WR-V. The two upcoming Honda SUVs are most likely to get both petrol and hybrid engines. 

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