Maruti Suzuki would be putting an end to the 800. Launched more than 2 decades ago, the 800 was once the largest selling car in India but stiff competition from cars within the Maruti portfolio like the Alto and from cars from other manufacturers has made the sales of the 800 decline continuously. Reports suggest that after April of this year Maruti would completely stop production of the 800. The manufacturer however is planning on a replacement of the 800. “A replacement for the 800cc model makes sense as it hasn’t been selling very aggressively at about 2000 units a month. This will be a totally new small car, though based on an existing platform,” said an official from Maruti Suzuki.
A rumour going around in the automobile world is of Maruti Suzuki planning to develop a sedan on the A-Star. The sedan would be under four meters and interestingly the A-star based sedan according to reports would be placed between the Swift Dzire and the SX4. We though think this is an unlikely situation because the Swift Dzire is built on a much larger platform with bigger engines and more interior space. If the rumours are to be believed then Maruti Suzuki is planning to introduce the A-star sedan in India by 2013
The A-star based sedan is also rumoured to be sold in eastern European markets. The idea behind this sedan is to deliver a fuel-efficient and compact car at the price of a hatch and seeing the success of the Swift Dzire, there is every possibility that the A-star based sedan too could be an unprecedented success.
Launched in 2009, the A-star is the international replacement of the Alto and the A-star is also Maruti Suzuki’s largest export model, accounting for close to 70% of the exports. In India the A-star has been reasonably successful though it still can’t match the Alto in terms of sales. The A-Star has not done well in India and sells only 3000 units a month. Keeping in mind that in the Indian market little changes in price can create a different market altogether, Maruti might well be on the money once again.