It’s time to say tata to Maruti 800

Posted: May 15, 2009 in others
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Maruti Suzuki India said it will bring the curtains down on the iconic car Maruti 800 in 2010. Ford’s model T is considered to be the one car that revolutionised the way people travel. But in India if there’s any car which changed the way the people of the country travel, then it is Maruti 800.

m800The company has a reason to bid adieu to the most popular car. From April 2010, Bharat Stage IV emission norms will be applicable in 11 cities across the country including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Kanpur, Ahmedabad, Surat, and Agra. Other cities will still come under BS III norms. However, other cities would also come under the BS IV emission norms by 2015-2016. After that the company has to completely phase out the M800 and the Omni,the company’s second oldest model.

23OmnifrontMaruti Suzuki will not upgrade its M800 and Omni to meet new stringent emission norms, because to meet the new emission norms both the cars have to undergo various modifications that will also include a heavy investment in engine modernisation.

The company’s decision has come at a time when Tata launched its much awaited Nano, which is now the cheapest car in India, a position earlier held by M800.

tata-nano-1When M800 was launched in 1983, the car didn’t even have a name. The makers relied on its engine capacity, 800cc, to give it an identity.

However, M800 has sold over 27 lakh units since its launch, making it the automaker’s most popular model ever.
Now, one has to wait and watch if Tata Nano will be able to hold the same position and popularity among people.


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