The Supreme Court banned the sale of BS-III model vehicles from April 1 and all the motor vehicle companies offering discounts on vehicles.
After the ban by the Supreme Court for the sales and registration of the two-wheeler vehicles with Bharat Stage-III model to reduce the vehicular emissions, the companies are offering discounts on the two-wheeler. The model vehicles will be banned from April 1. So, the motor vehicle companies are offering discounts to the customers with a value of up to Rs 22,000 on all the BS-III models.
The companies that offering discounts include Honda Motorcycle , Scooter India , Hero MotoCorp and Bajaj Auto.
The dealers said, because of the ban they have to make an immediate effort to sell the BS-III units as soon as possible before the deadline.
Initially, the HMSI Company offered a discount of Rs 10,000 but later it has expanded the offer to Rs 22,000 on motorcycles and scooters.
Hero MotorCorp offered a flat discount of Rs 12,500 on its BS-III units of two-wheelers, the company is also offering a rebate on Scooters, bikes and entry level mass market motorcycles.
It offered the discounts on the vehicles that include scooters Duet-Rs 49,980, Splendor 125- Rs 55,575, motorcycles Glamour- Rs 59,755 and Maestro Edge-Rs 51,030.
Suzuki also offered discounts on the two-wheelers, the scooter “Lets”- Rs 47,272 to Rs 53,766, and on Gixxer- Rs 77,452 to Rs 90,421.
The company Bajaj Auto offered a discount and free insurance on its Models starting from Platina to Pulsar with a range of Rs 3,000 to Rs 12,000 with insurance.
Till the stocks last up to or up to March 31 the offer valid, said the company officials.
Federation of Automobile Dealers (FADA) past president and Director-International Affairs, Nikunj Sanghi said, “These are unheard of discounts ever in the two-wheeler industry.”
He also added that if the vehicles remain unsold they need to discuss with the manufacturers.
On the other part, Ashok Leyland was not offering any discounts on its vehicles.
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The company spokesperson said, “Our products are in good demand and we will not be offering any price discounts.”
The company Mahindra & Mahindra said it would be working on various options within the frame provided by the court order.
The Court said that the automobile companies have declined to take necessary steps despite being aware of the fact that the companies need to manufacture only BS-IV vehicles from April 1, 2017. It mainly stressed that the health of the people is more important than the commercial interests of the manufacturers.