Mercedes-Benz moves SC to revoke order:Diesel cars ban


German carmaker Mercedes-Benz has moved the Supreme Court over the ban on the registration of new diesel vehicles over the capacity of 2,000cc.Mercedes has moved the SC to seek lifting the ban imposed on diesel vehicles, ANI tweeted. The carmaker told the apex court that is was ready to pay the 1% environment cess on the sale of diesel cars.The SC imposed a ban on the registration of new diesel cars in New Delhi, in a bid to clamp down on high levels of pollution.Since then, several carmakers have revised their product strategy, even coming up with petrol or smaller capacity diesel cars, to get around the Court order.Mercedes had earlier said that it was putting India investments on hold because of the diesel car ban. “The decision has put a question mark on the country’s credibility as an investment destination,” Mercedes Managing Director and CEO Roland Folger told PTI in May.”Most of the decisions are postponed rather than being completely cancelled. If the ban continues, then certainly cancellations will come into play,” he added.Apart from that Toyota has called the diesel cars ban order a “corporate death penalty” and both the carmakers have already pledged to re-consider their investment plans for India.Merc’s diesel portfolio in India includes, the A-Class, B-Class, the CLA, GLA, C-Class, GLC, E-Class, GLE, CLS, GLS and the S-Class.

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