The car which had once became synonymous with every common Indian's dream, the car which came as a revolution to the country 30 years back and taught Indians how to drive, the journey of that car has finally reached at the end of its road, as India's biggest carmaker Maruti Suzuki has stopped the production of its iconic Maruti 800.
Before this, Maruti Suzuki India had already discontinued sale of the M800 in 13 cities, including the four metros, in April 2010, as the product did not meet BS-IV emission norms.
"We have stopped production of the M800. There were issues related to saleability and acceptability of the product because of safety and emission regulations that are to come in soon," said Maruti Suzuki Chairman R C Bhargava.
According to MSI, though the production of the car had been stopped last month, spare parts would be made available to customers for the next 8 to 10 years, as per the company rules.
The comulutive sales of the M800, since its debut stands at a whopping number of 2.7 million units. The first M800 was handed over by the Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi to Mr. Harpal Singh, a New-Delhi based Indian Airlines employee who had won ownership rights to the car through a lucky draw.
Total no. of M800 sold, since its arrival in 1983
The M800 was based on the design of Suzuki Fronte SS80. An upgraded version, using the body of the second-generation Alto (SB308) was launched in 1986. Since then, the car has seen minor facelifts. After a BSIII-compliant version of the car was introduced in 2005, the company categorically stated it would not make any further investments to upgrade the product and discontinue it upon notification of stricter safety and emission norms.