10 Years Of Short Life – A sad death of Classic’s
So there rolls out one more sad news for car enthusiasts in New Delhi. The National Green Tribunal has banned the diesel vehicles of more than 10 years of age on papers in order to reduce pollution over the Delhi streets. On a recent survey conducted, it has been found that pollution levels in Delhi are at their peak in the world. That means that Delhi has been rated as the highest polluted city. Survey has also revealed that a normal human being, who doesn’t smoke, living in Delhi, receives a smoke level of 3 cigarettes per day!
Well, to reduce these scary figures and to make future of Delhi worth living for, National Green Tribunal said “Pollution levels are at alarming levels and Delhi citizens deserve better” thus further stating to ban the diesel vehicles more than of 10 years in age. Such vehicles will not also be banned but their entry from borders (Connecting states) would also be seized. Manning would be done to ensure that no such vehicle passes by check posts and enter to Delhi roads. In order to confirm this entry, a list is being prepared by Ghaziabad RTO which includes all the makes and models and types of vehicles which fall under this newly made law.
With passing of this law, some great iconic cars and diesel engines would finally die!
Some iconic cars that would die with this law are:
Well, the production of the “great” Amby stopped last year and tears rolled down the eyes of auto enthusiasts, but, with this new law passed we people won’t be able to see a greatly preserved diesel Amby over Delhi roads occasionally!
Amby used a 1.5 Lt Diesel heart which produced a mere 37bhp on tap but these horses were enough to move “India” forward. God bless Amby. Rest in Peace.
A (MUV) Multi Utilitarian Vehicle, which changed the fortunes of Toyota India. This car was the most successful car by Toyota and its record was only broken by its successor, Innova.
Qualis was powered by a 2.5 Lt Intercooled 75 Bhp diesel heart. This diesel unit had been the most trusted motor of all times by Toyota in India after the Innova.
Although Qualis were sold in enormous numbers but with stoppage of it’s production, many went to junkyards after time. Only a handful are kept and preserved with care by some enthusiasts. This law would lead to death of those nice boxy styled Toyota’s too! Rest in Peace.
No, not this one, but, the Mark 1 and Mark 2 Indica’s fall under this category. This car changed the future of Tata Motors and led to a fame that Tata never thought of. The car was best value for money, despite being crude, catastrophic in quality and being underpowered, this car made Tata Motors earn sales charts that they never dreamed of. Indica was efficient and produced most decent fuel efficiency of times. The space Indica had inside was enough to fit a family of 5 with all luggages and take them to a road trip.
Using a 1.4 Lt naturally aspirated engine, Indica, produced 53bhp on tap and 8.31KgNm of torque. The engine felt strained at times but never let down by it’s rev range. A decent fuel economy and a bigger capacity engine made it a perfect highway cruiser. Sadly, these versions of Indica come to an end here. Even I own one!
Rest in Peace.
Been to Mumbai? Seen those sharp boxy old taxis? Travelled in them?
This car made Indians comfortable with the term “car”. It sold in devastating numbers and became a golden trophy in Indian history of cars.
Premier Padmini had a huge fan following and was the first proper sedan for Indians after the HM Amby.
Padmini was sold under the license from FIAT motors and used all the engines made from Nissan motors.
The diesel unit that Padmini came with was a 137D diesel engine used by Nissan worldwide over that time. Producing a mere 40 bhp and returned 24kmpl (Note: That time fuel economy was not measured by ARAI so less rules made less efficient engines showing more economy that they actually returned).
They are very less in numbers already and only a handful are into the correct hands. Sadly those with a diesel heart no longer be able to roll over the streets of Delhi. Rest in Peace.
All in all, the step taken by NGT may seem rude to us, the petrolheads, but In reality it is a step that was long awaited for to be taken to ensure the sky rocketing pollution levels in Delhi.
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