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Maruti Suzuki to phase out diesel autos by April 2020

Top Indian automaker cites cost to make smaller cars meet emission standards

Maruti Suzuki has a roughly 50% share of India's passenger vehicle sales.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Maruti Suzuki India will cease offering diesel cars by April 2020 when stronger emission standards take effect, as the country's leading automaker jettisons vehicles that produce about 23% of its sales.

The expense of upgrading smaller, lower-cost diesel cars to meet the new standards will bring a price increase that many customers cannot afford, Chairman R.C. Bhargava told reporters here on April 25.

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