q:I plan to buy a diesel-engined car. When is the Toyota Etios Diesel slated for launch?
C. A. S. Saravanan
a: Toyotas original plan was to launch the Etios Diesel by the end of this year. However, because of the huge demand for the Etios petrol, its likely that Toyota may push back the launch to the beginning of next year or around the Auto Expo 2012.
q:I want to buy a diesel hatchback. I have shortlisted the Punto, the i20 and the Polo. While Im keen on the Punto (Emotion), it doesnt have automatic climate control. Is there a possibility of using the automatic climate control equipment from the Punto Emotion Pack variant?
a: Its not possible to fit an automatic climate control system in the Emotion variant of the Punto. If you need this feature, youll have to buy the next variant, that is, the Emotion Pack. However, the automatic climate control system is not an essential feature as it doesnt improve the cooling. Hence, if your budget does not permit you to upgrade to the higher spec, then the Punto Emotion will suit you just fine.
TAB ON POLLUTION
q:Do BS III and BS IV-compliant cars need a pollution check certificate? If yes, does it have to be done within the first year of buying a new car or later? Is it different for diesel and petrol cars?
a:BS III and BS IV-compliant cars need to have an updated Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate every six months. A newly registered car comes with a factory certified PUC certificate valid for six months after which you need to get a fresh certificate. The rules are the same for petrol and diesel cars.