CV Raman, the executive director of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, said though the car’s production has stopped, spare parts will be available for customers for the next 8-10 years as per rules. The car may not be available in newer version unlike other Maruti Suzuki India Ltd brands. (Agencies)
“Now on the 18th of January, we have stopped the M-800 production completely. We have to continuously meet the customer requirements. That is our duty to make sure that they get all the parts,” Raman told reporters in Hyderabad on the sidelines of launch of its new hatchback Celerio.
Maruti Suzuki Ltd has stopped selling Maruti-800, which has revolutionized Indian Auto industry in 13 cities including Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kanpur and Pune since 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.
Maruti Suzuki Ltd redesigned most of its top selling brands such as Alto, WagonR and Swift in redesigned version. The car, which was priced at around Rs 50,000 when launched in early 80s, is now available over Rs 2.35 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), according to Maruti-800 official website.
“There could be some stock of M-800 at the dealer level and I don't know the exact number," Raman said.
To a query on the Global NCAP report, he said the test done by UK-based organization was at 64 kmph, which is at much higher speed than even the regulation in Europe.
“In India, we have a certain regulation today. All the vehicles that sell in India meet the Indian norms," he said.
Some of the most popular small cars sold in India, including Maruti Alto 800, Tata Nano, Ford Figo, Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen Polo, have failed crash tests putting occupants at a high risk of life-threatening injuries in road accidents, according to UK-based Global NCAP.
CV Raman, the executive director of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, said though the car’s production has stopped, spare parts will be available for customers for the next 8-10 years as per rules. The car may not be available in newer version unlike other Maruti Suzuki India Ltd brands.