The Truth About Cars » maruti 800 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:21:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » maruti 800 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com TTAC Salutes The Maruti 800 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/ttac-salutes-the-maruti-800/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/ttac-salutes-the-maruti-800/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:00:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=738721 Maruti800_manhan

 

 

Despite an ailing presence in North America, Suzuki has been a pioneer in the Indian marketplace, with its Maruti Suzuki subsidiary selling over 10 million vehicles since inception in 1981, with the Maruti 800 serving as its core product.

Based on the tiny, Japanese-market Suzuki Fronte, the 800 used the Fronte’s chassis, with the body of a second-generation Suzuki Alto and a diminutive 800cc engine. For a low cost car in a developing country, this was fairly advanced, given that the Fronte was powered by a two-stroke engine at one point in its life.

By Western standards, the 800 is laughably spartan, packing just 37 horsepower and devoid of air-conditioning, power features, an automatic transmission, side mirrors or any hope of surviving a traffic accident. But it was the 800, not the Hindustan Ambassador, that mobilized India’s middle class, with many 800s serving as driving school vehicles, family transportation and in many cases, a step up from motoring on two wheels. Before the Datsun Go and Dacia Logan, the Maruti 800 was the original low cost car.

Like many other antiquated designs, the Maruti 800 has fallen victim to stricter standards, specifically emissions regulations that would require expensive upgrades to its powertrain. Given the substantial amount of road deaths in India, the chance for a safer alternative to take its place isn’t such a bad thing either.

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Great News Everyone! Maruti Alto 800 To Start At 244,000 Rupees http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/great-news-everyone-maruti-alto-800-to-start-at-244000-rupees/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/great-news-everyone-maruti-alto-800-to-start-at-244000-rupees/#comments Tue, 16 Oct 2012 19:48:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=463854

Want something cheaper than the Dacia Sandero? Maruti Suzuki will sell you a brand new car for 244,000 rupees. That’s $4,613.

While Suzuki is on the ropes in North America, their fortunes in India have been traditionally strong. The Maruti Alto (Maruti being Suzuki’s Indian partner) was the best-selling car in India last year, continuing a 7 year reign. The Maruti 800 has sold millions of examples since its debut in 1983, and the upcoming Alto 800 that replaces it is an important model for the company.

After rioting at its plants this summer, Maruti needs the Alto 800 to be a hit. Our man on the subcontinent, Faisal Ali Khan, our man for all things India, has some some driving impressions.

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