Iconic Maruti 800 to say bye bye to 13 cities

Maruti Suzuki India said it will phase out on its once bread-and-butter car Maruti 800 from April. India’s largest carmaker, has no plans to upgrade its lowest- priced Maruti 800 model to meet Euro IV emissions standards.

Maruti 800, made its debut back in 1982. The carmaker, whose hatchback bouquet includes M800, Alto, WagonR, Estilo, A-Star, Ritz and Swift, is now looking to reduce the number of its vehicle platforms. This will mean phasing out of some products that don’t meet emission norms.

The cities where BSIV norms will set in from April 2010 are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Kanpur, Ahmedabad, Surat and Agra. Other cities will come under BSIII norms, making it possible for the company to sell the cars. However, these would also come under BSIV norms by around 2015-16, that would finally mean phase-out of the two models.

Maruti currently sells 2 variants Standard with BS3 and A/c with BS3 emmision norms.

M800 will continue to sell in Goa, as Goa will not be affected by BS4 emmision norms.