Earlier we told you, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) had stopped the production of Ritz in October 2016 but sales continued with dealer stocks. Now though the company has discontinued the sales of Ritz in India from a domestic and international market. In order to make room for the recently launched Ignis, Maruti Suzuki stopped the production of Ritz last year. Also, the crossover hatchback is also not listed on the official website. According to the report, MSI spokesperson told PTI: “As part of refreshing our product portfolio, we continuously review our portfolio and introduce new models.”.
Speaking on the spare parts and service of Ritz,He also added: "Maruti Suzuki is committed to ensure availability of spare parts and service for next 10 years."
The company launched the Ignis last month and within a week the compact crossover received 10,000 bookings. The Ignis was designed as a young buyer's first car and has a funky design with impressive connectivity options.
Maruti Suzuki launched the Ritz hatchback in 2009, with a 1.2-liter K-Series petrol engine that delivered 85hp of power and 114 Nm of torque, while the diesel engine was the Fiat-sourced 1.3-liter DDiS that produces 73hp of power and 190 Nm of torque. The engine was mated to a 5-speed gearbox and an automatic transmission. Since its launch in 2009, the company sold a total of 4 lakh units of Ritz before its discontinuation. The company gave minor cosmetic updates to the Ritz in 2012, however the upgrade did not result in any major change in sales.
In sales, compact cars segment, which includes Swift, Ritz, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno, Dzire, the company sold 55,817 units in January 2017, against 44,575 units in January 2016. In 2016-2017, total sales witnessed an increase of 5.5 percent as the company sold 4,77,149 units in compact cars segment.
Recently, Maruti Suzuki also discontinued the Celerio 125 DDiS, 1.6 litre S-Cross DDiS 320 zeta, sigma and delta variants, the Ciaz RS and Swift Dzire Tour from its portfolio. The manufacturer discontinued 1.6 litre S-Cross's lower variants due to the low demand from the customers and will continue to sell 1.3 litre engine S-Cross and Alpha version of the 1.6 litre equipped model.