Hero MotoCorp Splendor iSmart Receives BS6-compliance Certificate From ICAT

Published On Jun 10, 2019 By Gaurav Sadanand for Hero Splendor iSmart BS4

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Hero claims it is India’s first BS6-compliant two-wheeler

Hero MotoCorp has received the BS6-compliance certificate for the Splendor iSmart in India. According to the brand, it’s the first two-wheeler manufacturer in India to receive its BS6 certification from International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT). The certification enables Hero MotoCorp to begin manufacturing BS6-compliant Splendors here on. 

The revelation comes just days before the launch of Honda’s BS6-compliant product (which we think will be the updated Activa 125). That said, Honda had announced the arrival of its BS6 compliant scooter a couple of weeks ago, which leads us to believe that the Japanese brand has already received its BS6 certification from ARAI or GARC (the other two Govt approved test agencies). In essence, this should make Honda’s new product launch the first BS6 two-wheeler in the country. We are currently awaiting further information from the Japanese manufacturer.

More information available in the press release mentioned below.


Press Release: 





Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, has become the first two-wheeler manufacturer in the country, to receive the BS-VI certification for a two-wheeler.

Hero MotoCorp received the Type Approval Certificate from International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) for the Splendor iSmart motorcycle, after it was successfully tested for compliance to the BS-VI emission norms. The BS-VI compliant motorcycle has been designed and developed in-house, at the Company’s R&D hub, the Center of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Following the Type Approval process - in which a manufacturer is required to build a prototype and get it tested & certified from any of the Govt approved test agencies - ICAT, ARAI or GARC - the manufacturer is eligible to start the manufacturing of the certified model.

With this, Hero MotoCorp has reaffirmed its commitment to be ready for the BSVI transition much ahead of the April 1, 2020 deadline. The Company has the technological prowess for meeting the BS-VI norms and will now be gearing up to make its large portfolio of motorcycles and scooters BS-VI compliant.

Mr. Dinesh Tyagi, Director - ICAT said, “We congratulate Hero MotoCorp for becoming the country’s first two-wheeler manufacturer to get the BS-VI certification. The Type Approval Certificate was issued to the Company’s Splendor iSmart motorcycle that has been developed and manufactured indigenously by Hero MotoCorp. Last year ICAT issued the country’s first approval for BS-VI norms for Heavy Commercial Vehicle (HCV) segment also. The BS-VI emission standards are much more elaborate in their scope and integrate substantial changes to existing emission standards ensuring cleaner products to the consumer.”

ICAT is the premier testing and certification agency authorized by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) for giving testing and certification services to the vehicle and component manufacturers situated within India and abroad.

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