Just a week ago Honda Atlas Pakistan filed a complaint with OGRA against oil companies Shell, PSO, and Total saying that these companies were adding dangerous levels of manganese in their fuel which was hurting car engines of Honda vehicles.
While Honda’s main competitor ‘Toyota’ remained silent over the issue, other big name car importers did support the complaint and asked OGRA to keep an eye on the additives being added to petroleum goods.
According to a test conducted by Honda, manganese up to 53 milligrams per kilogram is being added to the fuel which is dangerously high.
While OGRA assured it will investigate the issue, things are now completely changing course as the Oil Companies Advisory Council (OCAC) has come forward and threatened Honda to withdraw its complaint otherwise legal action will be taken against them.
OCAC has clarified that the fuel available to consumers in Pakistan is strictly in accordance with the specifications approved and issued by the Ministry of Energy, Petroleum Division.
OCAC accuses Honda of faulty vehicles
According to the official statement released by OCAC, the cause of catalyst blocking on Honda vehicles, specifically on the Honda Civic 1.5L VTEC Turbo is caused by a faulty engine management system or high sulphur fuels which is not suitable for the car.
OCAC allegedly said that Honda Civic 1.5L VTEC Turbo Model is incompatible with the Pakistani market fuel because it is a Euro-IV vehicle in a market that has high sulphur level fuel which makes it unsuitable for this emission standard.
Secondly, they believe that the engine management system of the said vehicle was also improperly calibrated for the Pakistani fuel and that manganese is highly unlikely to be causing the failure in the vehicle.
They also said that the Honda team back in Japan were replacing the software on the Civic 1.5L VTEC because it was faulty and it partially confirms that the problem is within the emission management system of the car.
OCAC also said that the government has set no limit on manganese content in the standards for petrol in Pakistan.
OCAC on the support of Hascol to Honda
When Honda filed the complaint against oil companies in Pakistan, Hascol came in to support the complaint. Hascol is also part of the OCAC in Pakistan.
An official from OCAC said that Hascol was in support of Honda because it is trying to cash in from the issue against the three largest oil companies of Pakistan to get a higher market share. The Council said that all oil companies in Pakistan including Hascol get its fuel from the same fuel supplies in the market. The council will be dealing with Hascol internally.
OCAC believes Honda was aware of Civic 1.5L Turbo VTEC problems
According to OCAC the Civic turbo model which has high compression and is turbocharged is recommended to run on 91RON fuel. If the vehicle operates on anything less than 91ROM, it will start to knock and the ignition timing will be delayed to prevent any engine damage. If the sensor, however, malfunctions, the catalyst plugging will be caused by Engine knocking.
OCAC mentioned that Honda was about to suspend the sales of this vehicle which means they were already aware of the problem in the vehicle and was basically just attempting to blame someone else for their failure to properly calibrate the car for Pakistani market.