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India Supreme Court Keeps Ban on Larger Diesel-Engine Vehicles

  • Ruling on 2-liter diesel engine threshold benefits BMW, Audi
  • Supreme Court refuses Mahindra, Mercedes pleas on Delhi ban
New Delhi’s poor air quality surpasses even Beijing, which last month suspended schools, restricted car use and banned fireworks and outdoor barbecuing.

New Delhi’s poor air quality surpasses even Beijing, which last month suspended schools, restricted car use and banned fireworks and outdoor barbecuing.

Photographer: Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz luxury unit was denied relief by India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday in a case that put the luxury carmaker on the wrong side of a dividing line on diesel engines.

Chief Justice T.S. Thakur maintained a ban on new diesel-engine cars over 2,000 cubic centimeters in New Delhi through April in a bid to curtail air pollution in the Indian capital. The court was hearing a challenge by Mercedes, Toyota Motor Corp. and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. to its order.