The Hush Post | 7:01 pm | 2-minute read
Come July 2019 and Maruti Alto 800 will no longer be available for sale at the Maruti Suzuki outlets. The company has decided to discontinue the car that gave working-class Indian families a chance to own a four-wheeler. Alto 800 is one of the oldest serving models of Maruti.
Maruti Suzuki will stop production of the Alto 800 in the second-half or the Q3 of calendar year 2019. The decision comes due to the company’s inability to meet upcoming crash test norms and the emission norms as well.
Maruti Suzuki plans to make its entire product line-up comply with the BS VI norms three months before the given timeline, i.e. by July 2019. Alto 800, and also Maruti Omni, is powered b the 796 cc engine which cannot be made ready to meet the BS VI standards.
“Those models which cannot be made ready for the future standards will be discontinued. We couldn’t actually do it for the Omni and Alto 800 even for the emission norms and not just for safety,” NDTV quoted Deepak Sawkar, Senior Vice President- Engineering, Research, Design & Development (Chassis), Maruti Suzuki as saying.
First launched in 2000
Maruti Alto 800 was first launched in India in 2000 as a premium alternative to Maruti 800. The company discontinued Maruti 800 in 2010 as it failed to match up with the latest upgrades. Maruti Alto is in for the same fate now.
The 1000 cc variant or the K10, however, will continue to be in production.