India’s iconic car Maruti 800 production stopped

India's iconic car Maruti 800 production stopped

Maruti Suzuki India Limited has brought production of its iconic Maruti 800 to an end. The company’s Gurgaon plant rolled out the last Maruti 800 model on 18th January 2014, thus ending three decades of the hatchback’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 company’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 India’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.

India's iconic car Maruti 800 production stopped

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  • Rushabh Jobaliya

    This is indeed very sad. But i can understand Maruti’s position. I am sure they will bring a new car to replace the 800 very soon, probably with the diesel engine which they are working on.

    • Karan

      They are already out with many models which can compete Maruti 800. eg alto , alto 800, k10. close price with close engine specs but with better stability. maruti celerio is also one more product.

      • Kenneth

        True, but that in no way can replace the 800. They should have had modified the car and continued it’s run, why kill it?

        • rakesh

          then it would have been priced more than 2.5 lacs, & people won’t spend close to 3-3.5 lacs for maruti 800..

  • Amey Khedekar

    i still this car.