car news desk, Country’s leading carmaker Maruti Suzuki India has discontinued the production of Alto 800, the entry-level model of its portfolio. It has been one of the best selling models of the company. According to a media report, the Alto 800 was not upgraded to meet the BS6 Stage 2 norms as it would have increased the cost of the affordable car significantly.
drop in sales
During a media interaction, Shashank Srivastava, Marketing & Sales Officer, Maruti Suzuki India said, “We have observed that the market for the entry-level hatchback segment in the country has been on a downward trend for the past few years. Along with this, the cost of these vehicles has also increased a lot. Apart from this, due to increase in road tax, increase in raw material cost and other taxes, the prices of cars have increased significantly.
Alto K10 made entry level model
After discontinuing the Alto 800 from Maruti, the Alto K10 has now become the cheapest car in the company’s portfolio. Whose ex-showroom price in Delhi is between Rs 3.99 lakh to Rs 5.94 lakh. Earlier, the ex-showroom price of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 was between Rs 3.54 lakh to Rs 5.13 lakh.
How is the Alto 800?
Maruti’s Alto 800 gets a 796cc petrol engine, which generates maximum power of 48PS and peak torque of 69Nm. The company launched this car in India in 2000. Maruti had sold 1,800,000 units of this car till 2010. After this the company launched Alto K10. Since 2010, the company has sold 1,700,000 units of the Alto 800 and 950,000 units of the Alto K10.