Automobile Sector Current Affairs - 2020

Bharat Stage IV (BS-IV) compliant vehicles thoughout the country from 1 April 2017: Ministry of Road Transport & Highways

In order to reduce air pollution due to vehicles the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways issued a notification to introduce Bharat Stage IV (BS-IV) compliant four wheeler vehicles though out the country from 1 April 2017.

As per the notification from 1 April 2017 all newly manufactured four-wheeled vehicle that are complaint with the BS-IV standards will be allowed to registered and move on roads.

From 1 April, 2010 vehicles in few cities of NCR, Mumbai, Kolkatta, Chennai, Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad including Secunderabad, Kanpur, Pune, Surat, Agra, Lucknow and Sholapur were already running with BS IV complaint engine. More 50 cities were added till 1 April 2015.

About Bharat Stage emission standards:

  • Bharat stage emission standards also known as “Bharat Stage” are emission standards instituted by the Government of India in accordance with European regulation standard ‘Euro norms’ to regulate the output of air pollutants that vehicles emits.
  • India adopted “Barat stage” in accordance with ‘Euro norms’ from year 2000 and stage wise introduced Bharat Stage compatible fuel and ungraded and modified vehicles throughout the country.
  • Each stage specifies a certain limit on the pollutants released, Higher the Bharat Stage goes lesser it emits pollutants.
  • The BS-IV complaint vehicles release less pollutants {Carbon Mono-oxide (CO), Hydrocarbon (HC), Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) and Sulphur (SOx)} i.e. 0.025 Respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) as compared to its preceding Bharat Stage complaint vehicles.


  • BS-I      Euro 1     2000
  • BS-II    Euro 2     2005
  • BS-III   Euro 3     2010
  • BS-IV   Euro 4     2015 (63 cities till 1 April 2015)

Note: Earlier Saumitra Chaudhri Committee has recommended to introduce even lesser pollutant releasing BS-V (0.005 rspm) and BS-VI (0.0025 rspm) throughout the nation by 2022 and 2024 respectively.

Roland Folger new Mercedes-Benz India head

Roland S Folger has been appointed as new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Mercedes-Benz India. He will replace Eberhard Kern who is going to head company’s operations in Europe.

Eberhard Kern headed India’s operations for past three years and was responsible for expansion for production capacity and extension of network and product portfolio.

Roland S Folger is the current President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia will assume charge of Mercedes-Benz India from October 1. He has been with Mercedes-Benz for over thirty years. He has also assumed charge of sales department for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and commercial vehicles with responsibility for the Southeast region.

Note: Mercedes-Benz is a wholly owned subsidiary of the German Daimler AG. It started its operations in India from 1994 and is headquartered at Pune (Maharashtra).