The implementation of BS IV norms in India caused many motorcycles to end their journey in India. Ducati India has dropped as many as four motorcycles from their line-up due to the stricter norms kicking in the Indian market. Ducati has taken off the Diavel, Diavel Carbon, Scrambler, Monster 821, Panigale and Panigale S from the Indian market.
The move comes after the sale of BS III motorcycles was banned in India. The move affects the cheapest motorcycles of the Ducati brand, the Scrambler. Now the newly launched Monster 797 becomes the cheapest motorcycle in the Ducati line-up and is priced at Rs. 7.7 lakh.
Ducati made the decision because none of the mentioned motorcycles has BS-IV compliant engines. Ducati, however, has already updated the Scrambler, Monster 821 and the Diavel with Euro IV compliance, which is similar to the BS IV norms, in the international market. It should not be long before Ducati brings the new and updated products to the Indian market.
The flagship Panigale 1299 and the Panigale 1299 S may face some problems as Ducati is yet to update the motorcycles in the European market. Ducati is working on the updates but it is not sure when the new Panigale will make its way to the Indian market yet.
Ducati was offering heavy discounts on its models just before the deadline on the sale ban of BS III motorcycles on April 1, 2017, in India. Many manufacturers have discontinued their low volume products from India with the ban coming into force. The ban has ensured many new launches in the country but it has also caused a huge loss to the manufacturers who are still left with a huge number of units of the banned motorcycles.