Maruti stops production of iconic Maruti 800 model
Hyderabad: Bringing curtains down on the glorious saga of the Maruti 800 model, Maruti Suzuki India has stopped production of the iconic car brand that had been carrier for millions of Indian middle class families, since last month, said senior official of the auto maker here today.
C V Raman, Executive Director Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, said though the car production has stopped, spare parts will be available for customers for the next 8-10 years as per rules.
The car, that was a breadwinner for many of its dealers across the country and also first car for many Indian middle class families, may not be available in newer version unlike other MSIL brands.
“Now on the 18th of January we have stopped the M800 production completely. We have to keep all of them (dies and moulds) for the spare parts requirement. We have to continuously meet the customer requirements. That is our duty to make sure that they get all the parts,” Raman told reporters on the sidelines of launch of its new hatchback Celerio, here.
Maruti Suzuki has stopped selling Maruti 800, that has revolutionised Indian Auto industry, in 13 cities including Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kanpur, Pune since April 2010.
“Our policy is 8 to 10 years we have to keep (the spares available). For all the models which have been phased out till date, we have followed this policy,” Raman added.
The company redesigned most of its top selling brands such as Alto, WagonR, and Swift.
The car, which was priced at around Rs. 50,000 when launched in early 80s is now available for Rs. 2.35 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), according to Maruti 800 official website.
“There could some stock of M800 at the dealer level and I don’t know the exact number,” Raman said.
To a query on the Global NCAP report, he said the test done by UK-based organisation was at 64 kmph, which is at much higher speed than even the regulation in Europe.
“In India, we have a certain regulation today. All the vehicles that sell in India meet the Indian norms,” he said.