Many wonder, in this era of the Nano, why should our own Maruti 800 be allowed to fade away? Stricter environment norms, to be enforced soon, are behind the decision to phase out the 800 totally by 2016, say company sources.
Though made with Japanese collaboration, Maruti 800 was identified with the best of Indian technology when it arrived, spanking new, on December 14, 1983. It rewrote rules and changed the way one looked at cars. "When it came, it was a marvel of technology and was years ahead of those dated Ambassadors and Padminis," says Hormazd Sorabjee, editor, Autocar India.