This affordable Maruti car, priced under ₹4 lakh, is saying goodbye after selling a whopping 3.5 million cars in India

This affordable Maruti car, priced under ₹4 lakh: Maruti Suzuki has decided to stop selling its popular Maruti Alto 800 in India for good. In the past 23 years, the company managed to sell a whopping 35 lakh units of vehicles all across India.

This affordable Maruti car, priced under ₹4 lakh
This affordable Maruti car, priced under ₹4 lakh (Image Credit livehindustan)

In 2023, several popular cars, including Maruti Suzuki’s best-selling Alto 800, are saying goodbye to India. The Alto 800 has been the top choice for many in the country. Back in 2016, it rocked the charts by selling around 4,50,000 units. That’s a massive 15 percent market share! Sadly, things changed in 2023. The sales dropped to 2,50,000 units, with a market share of less than 7 percent. As a result, Maruti decided to discontinue the Alto 800 after selling about 35,00,000 units in India.

This affordable Maruti car, priced under ₹4 lakh

We stopped selling the car for this reason.

​We stopped selling the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 because of the new pollution rules set by the Indian government. These rules are made globally to reduce pollution caused by vehicles. This year, the Indian government introduced rules like BS6 Phase-2 RDE (Real Driving Emissions). Some companies couldn’t meet these rules, and others didn’t want to update their cars because it was too expensive. So, we had to discontinue the Alto 800.

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The car costs only Rs 3.54 lakh.

As for the price, the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 was quite affordable, ranging from Rs 3.54 lakh to Rs 5.13 lakh (ex-showroom). The car packed a 796cc petrol engine, giving out 48PS of power and 69Nm of torque. Buyers even had the option of a CNG version. The engine came with a 5-speed manual transmission, though there was no automatic option. Maruti points to the increasing acquisition cost as the main reason behind ending the Alto 800’s run.

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