Maruti Suzuki India will stop the production of the Maruti 800 and the Omni. M800 is one of the popular models from Maruti's product line but still the company plans to phase out the car. The key reason for phasing out these cars is the tighter emission norms that will be applicable in India from 2010.
From April 2010, Bharat Stage IV emission norms will be applicable in 11 cities across the country including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Kanpur, Ahmedabad, Surat, and Agra. Other cities will still come under BS III norms. However, other cities would also come under the BS IV emission norms by 2015-2016. After that the company has to completely phase out the 800 and the Omni.
On this account, RC Bhargava, the Chairman of Maruti Suzuki Motors, said, "We will not be selling the M800 and the Omni vans in the 11 major cities where BSIV norms set in from next year. However, this in no way means that we will discontinue or phase out the models, as these would continue to be sold in other cities and towns where BS III norms would be applicable."
He further commented, "Once Euro-IV emission norms is applied across the country, which is likely to happen around 2015-16, then the M800 and the Omni may not be a salable product. We will have to eventually phase (them) out then."
Maruti, however, ruled out upgrading its M800 and Omni to meet new stringent emission norms. The chairman said that to meet the new emission norms both these cars would have to undergo various modifications that will also include a heavy investment in engine modernization.
He said, "We are not looking at this option. To continue the models in BSIV cities, we have not only to make changes in the engine but also take care of other issues. We do not want to do this. Anyway, they are old cars."