Maruti 800 production ceased; end of an era!

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The very last Maruti 800 to be ever produced recently rolled off the production line from MSIL’s mother plant in Gurgaon. With this, one of the most successful cars to have ever been on sale in India has been officially taken off the shelves. 

The last 800 that has been produced was painted in ‘Firebrick Red’ and left the facility for showroom on January 18, 2014. The car went to a dealership in Shillong. “Now on the 18th of January we have stopped the M-800 production completely.“, said a company official.

Until a decade ago, the 800 used to be the carmaker’s bread and butter model. Owing to stiff competition from fresher models, along with the advent of stricter emission norms, the more than 3 decades old war horse was shown the door in tier I cities around the advent of current decade. It may be noted that the 800 is largely based on the first generation of Alto and the Alto on sale in India is the last generation of the Alto brand, the latest being the A-Star. Until last early last year, the Maruti 800 used to still manage a monthly sales figure of around 1000 units, which isn’t all that bad for a car that dates back to our grandpa’s generation.

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Maruti 800 Specifications

Dimensions & Weight
Length3335 mm
Width1440 mm
Height1405 mm
Wheelbase2175 mm
Ground Clearance170 mm
Kerb Weight665 kg
Capacity
Seating Capacity4 Person
Doors5 Doors
No of Seating Rows2 Rows
Fuel Tank Capacity28 litres
Engine & Transmission
Engine TypeWater cooled SOHC (1C2V)
Displacement796 cc
Fuel TypePetrol
Max Power37 bhp @ 5000 RPM
Max Torque59 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Mileage (ARAI)16.1 kmpl
Valve/Cylinder (Configuration)2, SOHC
Cylinders3, Inline
Transmission TypeManual
No of gears4 Gears
DrivetrainFWD
Suspensions, Brakes, Steering & Tyres 
Suspension FrontMcPherson strut & coil spring
Suspension RearCoil spring with gas filled shock absorbers
Front Brake TypeDisc
Rear Brake TypeDrum
Steering TypeRack & pinion
Minimum Turning Radius4.4 metres
Front Tyres145 / 70 R12
Rear Tyres145 / 70 R12