After yesterday's price hike (if you can call it that), Maruti today unveiled Bharat Stage III variants of their Zen, WagonR and Baleno models, all of which are going to be dearer by Rs. 10000 - Rs. 15000.
Hyundai was the first Indian company to make its cars BSIII compliant when they launched the Accent CRDi in 2002.
The Indian equivalent of the Euro III emission norms will come into force on the 1st of April 2005 in 11 Indian cities to begin with. These norms aim to bring down levels of Nitrogen Oxides and Particle Matter emitted by motor vehicles. It also means work for the oil companies as the more stringent norms mean that sulphur content in petrol and diesel will have to be reduced.
Funny though, that just as we get set to adopt Euro III, the European Union will, very shortly, move on to Euro IV.