• Apr 6th 2010 at 8:57AM
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The Ford Model T, Volkswagen Beetle and Fiat 500 are all fondly remembered by the populations of the countries that spawned them as the vehicles that finally made the masses mobile. You can add the Maruti Suzuki 800 that that list as well. The little hatchback from India was first introduced in 1983, and it quickly became known as the "King of the Indian Road." To date, over 2.5 million Maruti 800s have been sold.

That enviable streak is reportedly set to end in very short order as India rolls out a new set of emissions standards that the old 800 is simply unable to achieve. Though it could be retrofitted to meet whatever standards are thrown its way, Maruti has said it has no plans to upgrade the car, choosing instead to slowly phase it out as newer designs take over in its place. Cars like the Tata Nano, perhaps? Time will tell.

[Source: Wall Street Journal]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      HAH! Kicking Land Rover's ass!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      -2010 Vehicle Dependability Study-

      *Suzuki Grand Vitara (Assembly in Hamamatsu, Japan) = Overall Dependability 2/5

      *Suzuki SX4 (Assembly in Kosai, Shizuoka, Japan) = Overall Dependability 2/5

      *Suzuki XL7 (Assembly in Japan, Canada) = Overall Dependability 2/5
      • 5 Years Ago
      Funny, In India, they've won best in customer satisfaction 10 YEARS IN A ROW!!!
      just shows how unreliable these studies are!

      P.S: I've worked in market research and i know how surveys are done.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Translation: India finally has the lobbying base to distort the market and minimize competition.
      • 5 Years Ago
      King of the road? Surely that's the Hindustan Ambassador!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not the Maruti 800! NOOOOOOOOOOO!