Maruti Suzuki, India’s number one automobile manufacturer is the market leader in the car segment both in terms of number of vehicles sold and revenue earned. Maruti Suzuki brought revolution in automobile industry in India. The company was formed in 1981 and the production of its first car “Maruti 800″ kicked off in 1983. Since then, the company has produced several cars out of which Maruti 800 and the Alto hatchbacks have been very successful models.
But these successful models from the House of Maruti soon could fade to the black as Maruti Suzuki is planning to phase out the Maruti 800 and Alto Hatchbacks with newer, more contemporary model. As the BS4 norms have started ruling, Maruti 800 has been moved to BS3 cities as it doesn’t conform to more stringent emission levels.
As Maruti 800 was moved to BS3 cities, Maruti Alto made its way into BS4 cities as the entry level hatchback. It has occupied Maruti’s place and has been the bestselling car in India for a long while with a sale of around 15,000 units per month. Many a times the count has reached to 25,000 units per month. Alto is facing a tough competition with Hyundai Eon, therefore Maruti Suzuki is trying to come up with some replacements for these two cars- Maruti 800 and Alto.
Shinzo Nakanishi, Managing Director of Maruti Suzuki said “Some day we have to change… Their replacement model is under development. Who knows, we may also decide to continue with the Alto 800 and let the market take a call on its future.” The models which are going to replace the old Maruti 800 and Alto will feature 800 cc engine with a better fuel efficiency than the present F8D engines. The interiors will also get a stylish and luxurious look to cope up with the changing times. We can expect new entry level Maruti cars in the upcoming years.