Bringing the curtains down on the glorious saga of the Maruti 800 model, Maruti Suzuki India (MSIL) has stopped production of the iconic car brand that had been the carrier for millions of Indian middle-class families, said senior official of the auto maker here on Friday.
MSIL executive director CV Raman said though the car production has stopped, spare parts will be available for customers for the next 8-10 years. There will be no more updated versions of the car, a breadwinner for many MSL dealers and also first four-wheeler for many Indian middle-class families.
“On the 18th of January, we stopped the M-800 production completely. We have to keep all of them (dies and moulds) for spare parts requirement. That is our duty to make sure that they get all the parts,” Raman told reporters on the sidelines of the launch of its new hatchback Celerio.
MSL stopped selling M-800, which revolutionised the Indian auto industry, in 13 cities including Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kanpur and Pune from April 2010.
“Our policy is 8 to 10 years we have to keep (the spares available). For all the models which have been phased out till date, we have followed this policy,” Raman added.
The car, which was priced at around R50,000 when launched in the early 1980s, was last available for about R2.35 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), according to the M-800 official website.