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Maruti to officially stop 800 production, a successor to be launched soon

     After 30 years from its launch, India’s people car Maruti 800 will be officially stop from production from by this April end. Maruti 800 success story is one of the important one in India’s growth history.
It all started in early 80’s, thank to Mr. Sanjay Gandhi for bringing in an affordable car for every Indian. Maruti tied up with Suzuki and signed an agreement on 2nd October 1982. The first Maruti 800 was priced at Rs. 52,000/- and was owned by an Air India official.

     Though the car did not gain momentum initially because of its fragile body as compared to Ambassadors and Fiats, slowly people discovered Maruti’s easy drivability and practicality. Maruti 800 has undergone many changes to suit the market requirements and no wonder it stands in the league of Henry Ford’s Model T and Volkswagen Beetle.

     Maruti 800 was stopped from 13 cities in India because of non compliance of BSIV emission norms. The car continued to be sold in tier II cities and managed to sell 2000 units even to this day.

     Now Maruti management has decided to stop the car from production and launch a successor to it. It will be a new car and will not bear the name ‘800’, which means Maruti 800 will remain has a history in future.

     Few months ago, a spy picture was taken at Maruti’s Gurgaon factory of a new car which looked like the Alto with some changes. The car could be the next generation 800 and is likely to be powered by a two cylinder petrol engine. Expect the car to be priced around Rs. 2 lakh. Tata Nano, finally you are getting a competitor!

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