Exclusive Interview with : T R Parasuraman, Deputy MD of Toyota Industries Engine India
Updated on: 27 Jun 2016
Diesel technology is improving leaps and bounds
Toyota Industries Engine India (TIEI) has opened a ₹1,100-crore plant near Bengaluru to manufacture diesel engines at a time when the National Green Tribunal has identified 12 more cities for extending the ban on diesel cars with over 2 lt engines. In an interview with BusinessLine, the company's Deputy Managing Director T R Parasuraman shares TIEI's plans for the country.
Setting up a diesel engine plant seems like a brave attempt on your part at a time when there is a ban on diesel vehicles. The NGT has also identified 12 more cities for the ban. So, will this plant be used for exports as well?
We believe that the ban on higher capacity diesel vehicles is a short-term phenomenon. Logically speaking, diesel technology is improving leaps and bounds.
CAFÉ (Corporate Average Fuel Economy/Efficiency) regulations will see some stiffer norms coming in by 2017. From that perspective, every automaker has to do a balancing act between diesel and gasoline, whether we like it or not. While we are supportive of the government's initiative to control pollution - the move to BS VI, etc., we need to go into the root cause of the problem as not just diesel vehicles, even gasoline vehicles are polluting. This plant makes 2.4 and 2.8 litre engines, and as of now, we will supply engines only for Crysta in India.
Are you ready to move to BS VI emission norms with these engines?