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Future for the Maruti 800?The 800& the VW Beetle

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The Maruti 800 has survived 23 years as a car in our country. The present model SB 308 (1986 debut) is 21 years old in India. Some new touch -up jobs were done in Sept 1997 for the grille,tailgate,seats, bumpers, dash, headlights,tail-lights and also the wheel rims. The MPFi version totally replaced the carburetted one during the turn of the century in the metros and gradually in other parts, to be Euro II/ Bharat II compliant. Now hardly anything can be done with this body shell or the mechanicals. A turbo-charger will tilt the balance and the 800 may roll over and skid with its 710 Kg body weight and primitive dynamics.

Its sales are going nowhere and even Swifts seem to be outselling the 800. The Alto is the entry level car for many and anyone who decides not to spend more than say Rs 2.2 to 2.4 lakhs for a new car, goes for the 800, which is becoming increasingly outdated as a brand new car.

Will it soon be the end of the day for India's once best selling car? Will it go into oblivion from our showrooms much like the VW Beetle (1938-74 )?(22 million sold  since 1938. The production  later shifted to Brazil and Mexico for production to continue there)  The last Beetle was produced in 1974 from the German assembly lines at Wolfsburg,later  heralding in the VW Golf era?

Creditably, the Maruti 800 put Indians on four wheels and the VW Beetle put the Germans and many other on four wheels. Both are basic and rudimentary and sold the maximum number wise in their respective countries.

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The 1L four cylinder was turbocharged and sold in US, it was decked up with spoilers etc and was quite quick due to the excellent power to weight ratio. The same principle can be applied to 800 but then serious mods will be needed for the chassis. If marketed, it might put a serious dent on the Swift as well.

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The MSL is planning  to launch a complete facelift version of 800 which will qualify for the new safety norms and will be priced around 25k rs cheaper than the present 800

 

Regards,

Priya

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The 1L four cylinder was turbocharged and sold in US' date=' it was decked up with spoilers etc and was quite quick due to the excellent power to weight ratio. The same principle can be applied to 800 but then serious mods will be needed for the chassis. If marketed, it might put a serious dent on the Swift as well.

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Thanks for updating our knowledge. We know of many other ways in which the Maruti 800 or its engine have been touched up (incl the Matiz from Daewoo) but this US 1L  4 cyl is news. Is it the Zen 998 cc engine?

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