All new passengers cars that will roll out from the January 1st , 2009 will display mileage information. The rule declared by Indian government for all car manufacturers to tag their car models with the mileage information will be implement with the advent of new year.
Maruti Suzuki will be the first car company to imply the rule in the country. The company has already started a training programme for its 14,000 dealers across 600 sales outlets in order to implement the “Fuel Economy Consumer Information” programme.
Interestingly, Maruti Suzuki has already implemented the rule by announcing the fuel economy of its global car A Star. The data for the same is provided by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) is supposed to test cars and two-wheelers under the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturer’s initiative to provide the mileage related information.
These information will also be supported with a disclaimer which states ‘disclosed figure has been arrived at in test conditions and fuel values could differ due to variables such as driving habits, road and traffic conditions, fuel quality, maintenance practices, loading pattern and so on’.
This is an good step taken by the government and the car manufacturers. It is the duty of the car manufacturers to reveal the fuel economy to help the buyers make a good selection based on their need.