Maruti 800 may become an antiquity
The once celebrated four wheeler from the country’s top most car maker Maruti, M800 is shown the way to museum. Hereafter there would be no upgrading of this car to comply with Euro IV norms, said its Chairman. Put into sales 28 years ago, the car is destined to be banned in select 13 cities-including Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Pune, Kanpur, Ahmedabad, Surat and Agra- where the Euro IV norms are to be implemented from this April.
With this, Maruti is identifying the models for branding as outdated and the current line up of cars include M800, Alto, WagonR, Estilo, A-Star, Ritz and Swift. The exodus will be for the cars which don’t comply with the norm. till 2015, when the norm would come into effect, these cars will run as usual. Facing this norm, global companies like Toyota, VW, Ford, Nissan and the Indian car maker Tata are focusing on small cars. After phasing out its Zen, Maruti is now on the verge of promoting Alto by offering on cost efficient level.