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A uniform standard for vehicle mileages

Don’t know the mileage your car is expected to give? Fret not. Come New Year, and India’s auto industry would provide the figures, reports Sumant Banerji.

autos Updated: Dec 30, 2008 20:38 IST
Sumant Banerji

Don’t know the mileage your car is expected to give? Fret not. Come New Year, and India’s auto industry would provide the figures.

The data would be provided by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), which would test cars and two-wheelers under the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturer's initiative for voluntary disclosure of mileage.

Market leader Maruti Suzuki India Ltd would be the first to implement it, on Thursday.

“The idea was to remove any ambiguity on mileage by having a common benchmark. Since every car has to be tested by the ARAI during homologation, it does not involve any additional cost as well,” said Dilip Chenoy, director-general, SIAM.

Some of the parameters of standard test conditions are: standard (non-adulterated) fuel, 2 passengers to a car, AC switched-off; gear changes in a predetermined pattern and at predetermined acceleration levels, standard tyre pressure, wind speed etc.

The idea is that as these conditions would be identical for all vehicles, regardless of make or model, the customer would be able to make accurate comparisons of fuel efficiency.

Companies like Hyundai, Tata, Honda Siel and Mahindra and Mahindra have also begun work on the initiative.