Maruti Alto 800 will bid farewell to the Indian market, people’s favorite budget car for 22 years, will be closed from April 1
Maruti Alto 800 may be discontinued from 1st April.
Due to the new emission norms, the company took the decision.
Ruled the Indian market for 22 years.
New Delhi. Various rules are being made to improve the emissions of vehicles in the country. Now in this series, the Central Government is going to implement the second phase of BS-6 emission norms i.e. Phase-2 from April 1, 2023. Some old vehicles will be out of the market as soon as the new emission rules are implemented. These will be the vehicles which have no plans to update.
Maruti’s most popular hatchback ‘Alto 800’ (Maruti Alto 800) is also included in the list of cars to be discontinued from April 1, along with Hyundai and Honda cars. Yes, the company has made up its mind to stop selling Alto from next month. However, the company will continue to sell the Maruti Alto K10, an upgrade version of the Alto.
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Why is Alto shutting down?
Actually, the biggest reason for the discontinuation of Alto is the implementation of Phase-2 of BS-6 emission norms. Under the new rules, vehicles will now comply with RDE i.e. Real Time Driving Emission Norms, so that the emissions of vehicles can be tracked in real time. Apart from this, under the new rules, such engines will be more fuel efficient and will also help in reducing CO2 emissions. Vehicles that do not meet the new rules will be turned off.
Maruti believes that the new rules will increase the cost of affordable vehicles and due to the increase in the price bracket, customers will no longer buy them. It is being told that the price of new cars can increase by 30-50 thousand rupees. Many companies have even increased the prices of cars made in the new slot. Along with Maruti, Hyundai, Honda, Nissan, Renault and Skoda have also announced the discontinuation of select models.
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Alto 800 has had a wonderful journey
Alto has been the favorite car of the middle class since its launch. It was launched in the Indian market in September 2000. With time the company made many changes in this car and also kept its price under control. Alto is most preferred for its low price, strong mileage and reliable engine. It was the cheapest car available in the Indian market. The Maruti Alto 800 price ranges between Rs 3.54 Lakh to Rs 5.13 Lakh (Ex-showroom).
Gets great mileage
Maruti Alto 800 gets 796 cc 3 cylinder engine, company is also selling it in CNG engine. Due to being affordable, the company makes it available only in manual gearbox. The Alto 800 is a 4 seater hatchback that can seat four people comfortably.
The biggest feature of this car is its excellent mileage which is 22.05 km/l. Whereas in CNG it can give mileage up to 31.59 km/kg. Talking about some of the top features of Alto 800, it includes Dual Front Airbags, Power Steering, ABS, Front Power Windows and Wheel Covers.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : March 25, 2023, 16:20 IST