Suzuki's Indian joint-venture Maruti Suzuki has just announced that it will discontinue the Super Carry diesel by the end of the current fiscal year. This means the diesel version of the Super Carry LCV will no longer be marketed by April 1, 2020.
The Super Carry marked the automaker's entry into the light commercial vehicle market in July 2016 as an entry-level model targeted at small startup business owners.
The Indian-built Super Carry is powered by a 0.8-liter (793cc) two-cylinder diesel engine that produces 32 PS and 75 Nm of torque connected to a 5-speed manual driving the rear wheels. The minuscule engine is not able to power an air-conditioning system.
It measures 3,800 mm long, 1,562 mm wide, and 1,883 mm tall with a 2,110 mm wheelbase and 735 kg loading capacity.
The reason for this decision is an October 2018 Indian court ruling that bans the sale and registration of vehicles which do not conform to Bharat Stage VI (BS6) emission standard, which is said to be based on Euro VI.
"Our judgment is that a BS6 diesel LCV with a small engine, the cost increase of upgrading it to BS6 is too high and we intend to discontinue the diesel version of this LCV. There will be no diesel on this LCV because we don't think we can meet the cost target for customer requirements of this vehicle. But we will have a petrol and a CNG variant of this vehicle because we think that the petrol and the CNG versions will actually become more economically viable," said R.C. Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki.
Suzuki Philippines introduced the Indian-made Super Carry back in 2016 with a starting price of less than Php500,000.
The announcement also comes after the introduction of a new global Suzuki Carry, which debuted at the 2019 Indonesia International Motor Show in Jakarta yesterday.
The all-new global Super Carry is fitted with a new KB15C petrol engine that promises better performance and efficiency with a 1-ton loading capacity. The new engine is also powerful enough to be fitted with an air-con system. Suzuki also announced that they will build the 2019 Carry in Indonesia for export to over 100 markets.
It is not yet clear whether India will also source the Carry from Indonesia or they will only change the engines for the current model.
With the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement and closer proximity of Indonesia to the Philippines, it will be very likely that Suzuki PH will discontinue the Indian made Super Carry in favor of the all-new Suzuki Carry from Indonesia.