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Ban on diesel cars technologically not justified: JLR chief


Greater Noida : The Tatas-owned JLR today expressed disappointment over the Supreme Court ban on 2,000cc and above diesel SUVs as well as cars in the national capital region saying the ban is not justified technologically.

Stating that diesel engines in many respects are better than their petrol counterparts, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Ralph Speth said” “I am an engineer and I am very disappointed with the ban.”

“I don’t understand the rationale behind the ban. All our models are Euro-VI complaint and these vehicles clean the air, and the air they suck in is far dirtier than which comes out of it. If we ban these kinds of vehicles I don’t understand it,” Speth told PTI in an interaction on the sidelines of the Auto Expo 2016, which got kicked off today here.

Also, if we are looking at the environment, there are many more effective ways to handle the issue such as phasing out all old vehicles and controlling other sources of pollution.

To overcome the ban, JLR is looking at bringing in more petrol variants of its models, Rohit Suri, JLR India president said, adding already it sells petrol variants of the Jaguar XJ, Range Rover Sport.

The company today launched two petrol variants of the Jaguar XE here. It also said the new model will be assembled at its Pune plant, making the XE the sixth model to be assembled in the country.

When asked about the impact of the slowdown in China, Speth said 2015 was a very difficult year for the company in the world’s largest auto market. Confounding the problem was the heavy loss it had suffer due to the blast at the Tianjin port.

However, he exuded optimism that the faster growth in Europe, which has become its largest market in 2015, led by Britain, will continue to help the company.

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