India’s iconic car Maruti 800 production stopped
Maruti Suzuki India Limited has brought production of its iconic Maruti 800 to an end. The companyâ€™s Gurgaon plant rolled out the last Maruti 800 model on 18th January 2014, thus ending three decades of the hatchbackâ€™s presence on Indian roads.
MSIL has announced that though production of Maruti 800 has been stopped, spare parts will be made available for customers for the next 8-10 years as per companyâ€™s policy. Maruti Suzuki 800 was an iconic model, well liked by Indian middle class families. It was priced at just INR 50,000 when it was launched in early 1980s and is now available at INR 2.35 lakhs.
The decision to phase out Maruti 800 was taken due to the fact that it would prove too costly to make the hatchback to cater to stricter emission norms when metro cities upgraded to BS4 emission norms in 2010. Maruti Suzuki decided to stop production of the Maruti 800 though they continued to offer the BS3 compliant model in rural areas and other markets where BS3 norms were still in play.
Maruti 800 may be out of production but it will not be forgotten as it has played a vital role in changing the fate of Indiaâ€™s 4-wheeler market. Its three decade long journey as seen over 2.5 million Maruti 800s sold in the country while it has been a strong seller in markets of Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.